Sure, it’s likely to fall on the “horror lite” side of the fence, but if you have kids you’d like to introduce to the genre (or are just a kid at heart yourself), we thought you might be interested in Zombies, a new TV movie musical that just kicked off production for Disney Channel.
Per TV Guide, the film features teen zombies from Zombietown who join the human classmates of Seabrook High School and set into motion an unexpected romance between a human cheerleader named Addison (“American Housewife’s” Meg Donnelly, pictured below) and a zombie football star named Zed (“Ghost Whisperer’s” Milo Manheim).
The story will revolve around the attempts to integrate these undead kids into the norms of Seabrook’s live scene, with human friends Bucky (Trevor Tordjman) and Bree (Carla Jeffery) mixing factions with zombie pals like Eliza (Kylee Russell).
David Light and Joseph Raso co-wrote the script with The Duff’s Josh Cagan, and the film will be directed by Jeffrey Hornaday with choreography by Hornaday’s Teen Beach Movie collaborator, Christopher Scott. Effie Brown will serve as co-executive producer alongside Hornaday.
Adam Bonnett, executive vice president of Original Programming at Disney Channels Worldwide, said of the film, “We’re thrilled to be working with Jeffrey Hornaday again to bring this new world of zombies and cheerleading to life. Jeffrey and Chris Scott have delivered some of our most memorable musical sequences on Disney Channel; and now with Effie Brown on board as an executive producer, we are excited to deliver this inspirational story about tolerance, inclusion, individuality, and conviction – each relatable themes for our viewers.”
Zombies is expected to premiere in 2018.