Variety reports tonight that Dark Hero Studios partners David Hayter and Benedict Carver have joined with Pandemonium’s Bill Mechanic to turn the comic book Deadworld into a zombie feature franchise.
Hayter (Watchmen) will be handling writing duties as well as serving as a producer along with Mechanic and Gary Reed, who wrote and co-created the comic.
Deadworld veers from the popular zombie mythology of depicting an apocalypse in which humans are overrun by flesh-eating corpses. Deadworld picks up four months after that event, where the Dead overtake the Earth, with humans few and far between. The protagonist is King Zombie, a Harley-riding corpse who holds a grudge against the survivors who made him an outcast.
“It’s very much about the design of the Deadworld and creating cool, frightening but not necessarily gory creatures,” Hayter tells the trade, and those words are music to our ears. Now if only someone would get to work on an adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, we’d be thoroughly pleased.
Look for production on this project to begin next year.
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