You know that old adage, “Seen one zombie, you’ve seen them all?”
No, well neither have I. But MKR Group, a boutique investor relations firm specializing in the representation of small companies across a broad spectrum of industries filed a lawsuit against Japanese video gamer Capcom Entertainment Inc. on Monday, February 25, alleging Capcom infringed on the copyright of the 1978 film ‘Dawn of the Dead’ to which it owns rights.
You remember ‘Dawn of the Dead’ the 1978 and 2004 remake movies scripted by George A. Romero – well, MKR contends that Capcom’s “Dead Rising” stole the idea of people trapped in a shopping mall full of zombies from Romero’s original script.
“Dead Rising” was released on Xbox 360 in August 2006 and sold more than a million units in its first five months of sale.
Both ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and “Dead Rising” provide “thoughtful social commentary on the ‘mall culture’ zeitgeist” as well as “a sizeable portion of sensationalistic violence”, wrote MKR in its court brief.
“Mall Culture Zeitgeist”??!! Geez, since when have mall zombies become part of youth culture?