The Ford Brothers’ long awaited tale of African zombies on a rampage, The Dead has finally scored itself some distro, and we couldn’t possibly think of a better home!
From the Press Release
Global Cinema Distribution and Starz Anchor Bay have acquired North American and UK theatrical rights to the Ford Brothers’ “THE DEAD”, distributing throughout cinemas beginning with a US theatrical release in summer of 2011.
Anchor Bay Starz UK Managing Director Rod Smith snapped up all UK rights and will be releasing the film in cinemas in England followed by DVD by Halloween 2011.
All other rights for North America have been purchased by Anchor Bay Starz, who will release the film on DVD later in the year.
Shot on locations across Burkina Faso and Ghana, West Africa on 35mm including many never before committed to celluloid locations, THE DEAD is unlike anything horror audiences have ever experienced. Centered around the journey of an American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, who has to run the gauntlet across the terrains of Africa, battling against the living dead. Along his journey he finds an ally in a local military man who is desperately searching for his son amongst the chaos. They must band together to make their way through this brand new horrific world of the dead. The film stars Rob Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan”) and African up and coming star Prince David Osei, making his US theatrical debut.
The making of THE DEAD turned out to be an incredible journey on its own. As producer/director Howard J. Ford revealed:
“We encountered real death on a daily basis and were also held up at gunpoint several times, encountered real cannibals, were arrested, endured dysentery, and the lead actor Rob Freeman very nearly died after contracting Malaria in the middle of filming.”
TriCoast Worldwide negotiated all sales for the producers of THE DEAD and are subsequently closing deals in many other territories.
For probably one of the most interesting interviews we’ve done in quite a while, check out our exclusive chat with The Dead co-director Howard Ford part one here and The Dead co-director Howard Ford part two here.
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