I didn’t notice there was a shortage of zombie films to choose from in today’s movie market. I always thought we had a enough to tide us over in that department, but apparently the people at Dark Hero Studios thinks otherwise. According to Variety, studio partners David Hayter and Benedict Carver are teaming up with Pandemonium’s Bill Mechanic to adapt the comic Deadworld into a zombie feature franchise.
I’m not personally familiar with Deadworld, so I’m not sure what makes it such a hot property. We’ve seen zombies portrayed differently in so many films already, it leaves me a bit skeptical. Here is a brief description of the comic’s plot.
“Deadworld” veers from the popular zombie mythology of depicting an apocalypse in which humans are overrun by flesh-eating corpses. “Deadworld” picks up four months after that event, where the Dead overtake the Earth, with humans few and far between. Protag is King Zombie, a Harley-riding corpse who holds a grudge against the survivors who made him an outcast.
Wow, there’s actually a character named “King Zombie,” and he likes to ride motorcycles? The screenplay for the adaptation will be written by Hayter, whom also wrote the script for Watchmen. If that film is any indication of what we can expect, Deadworld will probably be hit or miss. He also wrote the first X-Men film, which screenplay was mediocre. Hayter has taken this project on as a labor of love. Not only will he write the script, but he’ll also create the overall look and tone for the film.
“It’s very much about the design of the Deadworld and creating cool, frightening but not necessarily gory creatures,” Hayter said. “I am a huge fan of zombie mythology.”
I’m not particularly blown away by this news, but we’ll see.
What do you think of Deadworld becoming a film franchise?