Zombies will reign supreme in Deadworld!

Posted on 11 June 2009 by ShepRamsey

I’m a big believer in the idea that the world can always use more zombie movies.  Luckily, I’m not alone, and we’re about to see some epic zombie property brought to the big screen! 

deadworldmovienews_2Variety reports that David Hayter and Benedict Carver of Dark Hero Studios are joining Bill Mechanic of Pandemonium in rolling out a movie adaptation of the comic book Deadworld.  Hayter, one of the co-writers on Watchmen, will be penning the script about a zombie apocalypse where zombies are the ruling class and the humans are few and far between.

I’m not familiar with this property, but it nevertheless sounds like it could be pretty cool.  When your main character is a grudge-holding, motorcycle-riding zombie by the name of King Zombie, then I’m pretty much on board.  If nothing else it sounds more original than the Walking Dead series.

According to Hayter, “It’s very much about the design of the Deadworld and creating cool, frightening but not necessarily gory creatures.”  Ironic, as the source material is widely regarded for its expertise in the gore department, but hearing that a talented writer is taking it upon himself to meticulously craft an entire world where zombies reign supreme is a pretty damn cool endeavor!

The plan is to turn the film into a franchise, which I like the sound of as well.  Production should begin sometime next year.                           

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Quaid Says:

    We’ve got this AND World War Z on the way. Zombie lovers rejoice

  2. ParryOtter Says:

    Yay! I’m always up for a zombie movie.

  3. boomshakra Says:

    while i’m always up for a new zombie flick…they’re missing the point… the undead have no kind of societal structure – they’re zombies. they can’t think, all they do is seek out living organic tissue & eat it. there is no “grudge-holding, motorcycle-riding zombie”. this very likely will be worse than Romeros’ abomination “Land of the Dead”… sorry – this doesn’t sound like a good idea to me. with each new movie that is released, it becomes more & more obvious Hollywood is out of ideas…

  4. ShepRamsey Says:

    It’s true that that’s pretty much the core idea that’s always been behind zombies, but if that remains to be all there is, then every single zombie movie will be exactly the same.

    Frankly, the grude-holding motorcycle-riding zombie (and everything else that goes along with it) sounds like an inventive and funny way to evolve the genre. You can do all these things–including establishing a zombie society–and still maintain what’s always been at the core of zombie mythology, just in a new and more outside-the-box sort of way. After all, no one’s saying that such a society has to be a well-oiled machine–it might be one giant clusterfuck where law and order is completely haywire and/or nonexistent. If that were the case, then it would be perfect terrain to continue Romero’s satirical use of zombies that he’s had in place since he defined the genre.

    And personally, I thought Land of the Dead was really good as it suggested a society where the value of human civilization is steadily declining as the zombies are just starting to evolve and earn their place as the dominant species. It showed how the zombies’ determination for survival (via human flesh, of course) was forcing them to become more worldly and intelligent than the humans who sat comfortably in their walled-in city, basking in denial. Maybe it was a little obvious, but it was well-made and a whole lot of fun, to boot.

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