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Thursday, 11 June 2009

King Zombie will ride in Deadworld

The voice of Solid Snake, David Hayter has joined with Pandemonium's Bill Mechanic to turn the comicbook Deadworld into a zombie feature franchise according to Variety. I mentioned this back in February when Mechanic mentioned it during the Coraline premiere.

Hayter (X-Men, Watchmen) will write the screenplay based on Gary Reed's comic (although it was originally created by Stuart Kerr and Ralph Griffith).

I've never read Deadworld, but I do like the sound of its take on the zombie mythos.

It starts four months after a zombie apocalypse has decimated the Earth. Humans few and far between. The main difference is the fact that the attacking dead are as sentient and intelligent as the living. One of the main characters is King Zombie, a Harley-riding corpse who holds a grudge against the survivors who made him an outcast (this also reminds me of the comic, Chopper Zombie).

The plan is to begin production next year.

Mechanic, who ran Fox when Hayter wrote the first "X-Men" film, saw the scribe as ideal to lay out what he hoped could be a multipic story arc. The offer fit in perfectly with Dark Hero, which Hayter and Benedict Carver formed as a way to put Hayter's creative stamp on numerous films, TV and Internet properties in the sci-fi and horror genres. Aside from writing the script, Hayter will conceive and design the look of 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."

If this is done right it could give the zombie genre a much needed infusion of new brains.

Have you read the comic? Will it work as a feature film? Who could play King Zombie?

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