George Romero is the acknowledged master of the zombie movie. Almost all of his Living Dead series are hits both in the box office and critically. His last zombie movie, Island of The Dead, was not as well received as the previous installments but this is not stopping Romero from taking another stab at the zombie genre.
The director has revealed that he has optioned the novel The Zombie Autopsies, which was written by Harvard psychologist Steven Scholzman. [Read more…]
Dead Island, the recently released zombie game is going to be made into a live action movie.
Dead Island created quite a stir when it released a cinematic trailer that was very poignant and horrific in equal measures. It became a very popular trailer that was passed around the internet and shared in various social sites and made everyone who saw it anticipate the game with a lot of excitement. The game did not really offer the kind of emotional resonance the trailer promised (it was your basic action RPG albeit made extremely interesting because of the currently cool zombie milieu) even though it was well reviewed. But thank the wonders of a great trailer and clever marketing, Dead Island actually got offers from Hollywood even though the game wasn’t even released yet. The eventual winner in the bidding war was Lionsgate. [Read more…]
Zombies are appearing in major cities around the world.
Yesterday, AMC and Fox International kicked off a massive viral stunt in support of the upcoming series The Walking Dead. A wave of zombies first popped up at dawn in Taipei and Hong Kong. From there, the zombie “outbreaks” spread westward, simulating the way a real zombie infection might spread, and will continue to do so until the show’s L.A. premiere.
The hundreds of zombies used during these outbreaks are being birthed using authentic prosthetic makeup designed by The Walking Dead‘s makeup artist, Greg Nicotero. In addition to the two cities mentioned above, the outbreaks have already hit Rome, Mexico City, Santiago, Istanbul, Athens, Johannesburg, Munich, London (pictured above), and Madrid.
A total of 26 cities are planned in all, and still to come are Sofia (Bulgaria), Estonia (Tallinn), Belgrade (Serbia), Lisbon, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Caracas (Venezuela), Bogota, Guatemala City, and in the United States, zombies will visit New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and finally Los Angeles.
The Walking Dead premieres this Sunday on AMC.
Cable television just keeps proving itself as the place to find edgy, original programming. Take a look at The Walking Dead, a six-episode series from AMC, which started filming today and premieres in October.
The series is based on a comic book of the same name by writer Robert Kirkman, about a group of survivors looking for a safe place to call home after a zombie apocalypse. Despite the outrageous plot, the show has the potential to be at the gritty quality level of True Blood or Mad Men, thanks to the major league pedigree it boasts from writer and director Frank Darabont. Darabont is a multiple Oscar-nominated talent, best known for his big-screen adaptations of Stephen King’s The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Darabont has written and is directing all six episodes of the show, which AMC is billing as a “first season,” obviously in the hopes of extending the show should it catch on. Sci-fi mega-producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, Armageddon, Aliens, Alien Nation, etc.) is onboard as executive producer.
The Walking Dead stars Afterlife‘s Andrew Lincoln as small-town policeman Rick Grimes, who becomes leader to the group of survivors, along with his wife Lori, played by Prison Break‘s Sarah Wayne Callies. While searching for a safe haven and evading the zombies at every turn, the survivors will also have to contend with their own interpersonal conflicts, as well as the lengths each of them is prepared to go to, to stay alive.
The photo above represents the first official look at the “Walkers,” the show’s zombies. Below is a sneak peek video featuring interviews with Darabont and Hurd.
Photo Credit: David Tattersall