Maple Nabs Pontypool

Pontypool Changes Everything was the basis for the filmCanada’s very own Maple Pictures has nabbed the rights to Bruce McDonald’s Pontypool, jumping on the bizarre zombie tale before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to a report in this morning’s Variety.

The film is based on Tony Burgess’ 1998 novel Pontypool Changes Everything, about a DJ who becomes trapped when a virus spreads across Ontario, Canada that turns anyone it touches into a flesh-craving madman. The hook on this one? The virus is carried through language…

Right now only the Canadian release has been secured, but if the film is anywhere near as well received as the book has been over the past decade, I’m sure we’ll be reporting on more very soon.

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  • RingoJ

    This sounds promising.

  • Chainsaw

    I got to say, I’m intrigued by this. The writeup about it in RM had me curious as to how this would play out, especially considering that a lot of it is done in the DJ booth and is conveyed by conversations the DJ had on air.

  • G.D.

    As an addendum, at the Festival of Fear, McDonald said that they expected it to be released in early 09, probably February or March.

    Also, the movie isn’t a straight adaptation of the book, more an adaptation of the concept and McDonald said that if the movie is well received and makes a little money, they have plans to make one or two more movies that would follow storylines in the book more faithfully.

    The Q&A just made me more stoked about seeing this at TIFF.