The once-canned movie adaptation of Dead Island is getting a second life.

Deadline reports that Dead Island rights holder Deep Silver has inked a deal with Occupant Entertainment to make the movie after its deal with Lionsgate fell through.

Lionsgate bought the rights to the movie in 2011, but production stalled and the rights reverted back to Deep Silver.

Occupant and Deep Silver are now hunting for a director with an innovative take based on either the first game or its sequel, or something in between.

Production is expected to start early next year, and the companies are aiming for a showing at Berlin or Cannes.

"The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience," said Koch Media boss Dr. Klemens Kundratitz.

"We are very much looking forward to seeing Dead Island open up to new audiences and showing off the fun everybody at Deep Silver has with this brand."

The first sequel to the original Dead Island was last year’s Dead Island: Riptide, and since then Deep Silver has announced Dead Island 2, a MOBA called Dead Island: Epidemic, and third-person spin-off Escape Dead Island.