Who isn’t looking forward to a good old fashioned zombie apocalypse? Carnage! Free stuff! Hot lead! The only drawback is you need to stay off of their friggin’ menu!
According to Variety longtime Robert Rodriguez collaborator Carlos Gallardo and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have paired up to executive produce Zombie Apocalypse, from tyro scribe and helmer Chee Keong Cheung.
UK-based Intense Prods will produce the pic, which will add mixed martial arts to differentiate the film from the traditional zombie tale. Intense is developing pic as a trilogy that will also launch a graphic novel and merchandise tie ins, including a videogame. Heavy Metal Publishing, headed by Eastman, will publish the graphic novel and oversee the property’s other merchandise deals.
“I’m a big action and zombie fan and I’m really excited Chee asked me to be part of the film,” Eastman said. “When Chee showed me the script and told me what he wanted to do with it, I just thought it was awesome.”
In Zombie Apocalypse, when zombies start to take control of the world they turn into malevolent versions of their former selves with any previous physical combat skills enhanced to almost superhuman level, making eradication near impossible. A squad of eight Special Forces soldiers are assigned a suicide mission to rescue a scientist from a city ruled by the undead.
Mark Strange and Steve Horvath co-wrote zombie pic.
“When I read the screenplay for ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ I was completely mesmerised,” said Gallardo, who produced Rodriguez’s El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. “Chee is a great young director with a lot of talent and I believe a big career ahead of him and he reminds me of my early days and collaboration with my good friend Robert Rodriguez.”
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