A month or so ago we told you about Burying the Ex, Joe Dante’s return behind the camera that stars Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene; and today we have your first look at the two leads along with a few more details.
Based on a short film of the same name, the Alan Trezza-penned script follows Max (Yelchin) and Evelyn (Greene) as their relationship takes a nose dive once they move in together.
Max discovers how controlling and manipulative Evelyn is, but he’s too scared to break up with her. When fate steps in and Evelyn dies in a freak accident, newly-single Max prepares to move on with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario). His romantic life becomes complicated when Evelyn rises from the grave and sets out to get her boyfriend back, even if that means turning him into one of the undead. Oliver Cooper plays Travis, Max’s deadbeat half-brother who tries to help him win Olivia’s heart and defeat his undead ex.
Per EW, who visited the set and came back with the photo you’ll see below, Dante (pictured above), who hasn’t made a film in Hollywood in ten years, is happy to be part of the emerging trend in the horror-comedy world.
“When I was a kid, zombie movies were pretty much the lowest rung. People didn’t take them very seriously, and they were very cheap to produce,” Dante said. “The appeal of genre is that people want to see the same things over again, but they want to get them in a new package. It’s the packing that makes it work. The mainstream genres of westerns, war pictures, and comedies have taken a backseat to this once reviled supernatural.”
Speaking of the supernatural side of things, just how zombified will Evelyn become? Greene goes through six different stages of zombie makeup and prosthetics designed by special makeup effects designer Gary Tunnicliffe (Dracula 2000, My Bloody Valentine, Scary Movie 5). “We wanted more of a realistic approach, if you can have that with a zombie,” Greene said, “but there’s a lot of translucency and layering and attention to detail with veining and stuff like that so when people look at it, there’s the odd sensation that she kind of still looks attractive.”
For a bit more, including how you can become actively involved in the making of the film, visit the set, have lunch with the director, and receive other perks, be sure to hit the link to EW at the bottom of the page and/or visit the Burying the Ex campaign on FundAnything.
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