Good news, fans of the zombie apocalypse! Lionsgate is set to adapt the series of graphic novels Z-Men as a horror film.
The studio will partner with Double Take, an offshoot of videogame developer and publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, in order to bring the graphic novels to zombified life. This is actually the second project Lionsgate has in the pipeline with Take-Two. Back in August, the studio announced it was adapting the Borderlands videogame as a tentpole sci-fi film, with Avi and Ari Arad producing.
Penned by Jeff McComsey -- with art by Kurt Tiede, Maxflan Araujo, Caroline Flanagan and Alisson Rodrigues -- Z-Men centers around Secret Service government agents Stuart and Clancy, who are sent to Pennsylvania by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate a series of bloody murder sprees, as well as follow up on reports that the dead are walking again. The pair must discover what's happening, while discovering that the zombie apocalypse is very, very real.
Z-Men is the star title in Double Take’s comics universe based on George Romero’s 1968 classic horror film Night of the Living Dead. Since the movie is now public domain status, everyone and anyone can set stories in that universe. Double Take has taken full advantage of that fact and has figured out a whole series of comics set in the same time frame. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said of their planned Z-Men movie:
“We’re delighted to expand our relationship with our friends at Take-Two by partnering with their comic book arm, Double Take, in bringing ‘Z-Men’ to the big screen
“We continue to diversify our portfolio with films adapted from novels, video games and board games and look forward to translating 2T’s graphic novel into a spine-chilling film for moviegoers and comic book fans alike. It is yet another example of the strong underlying intellectual property on which our film and television content is based.”
Double Take General Manager Bill Jemas added:
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Lionsgate, who has the right team to bring to life on screen what Double Take brings to life in comics. We look forward to seeing Lionsgate’s creativity transform the ‘Z-Men’ story into an exciting feature film, and everyone on the Double Take team is incredibly enthused at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
With AMC's The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, and Syfy's [Blastr's corporate parent] Z-Nation shuffling their own private zombie apocalypse around on the small screen -- as well as the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies heading to the big screen on Feb. 5, 2016 -- it looks like the zombie genre is still alive undead and kicking biting.
Are you excited to see Z-Men heading to the big screen, or is that one zombie adaptation too many?