The recently relaunched Orion Pictures has officially scored the rights to a zombie movie musical. Yes, you read all of that correctly.
The zombie movie musical in question is John McPhail’s Anna and the Apocalypse, and it is exactly what it sounds like. Starring Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as the titular Anna, the holiday-themed sing-song zombie romp is planned for a 2018 holiday season release.
Also starring Mark Benton (The Halcyon) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell), the film had its world premiere this past year at Fantastic Fest, where it was embraced by critics and audiences. It went on to be featured at the Sitges Film Festival, winning the award for "Best Midnight X-Treme Feature Length Film."
Based on the short film Zombie Musical (itself a 2010 BAFTA winner), the John McPhail-directed film is written by Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry, who is the late star of the "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" viral videos. The original musical score is by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly.
The story is a sure-fire holiday classic, in that it features a girl named Anna fighting a zombie apocalypse that threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven during Christmas. The troubles at hand force Anna and some friends to team up, fight, and sing for their lives. John Hegeman, president of Orion, was cheeky, saying, "Nothing gets the blood flowing like a good holiday musical.”
Since returning to the world of wide-release theatrical distribution, Orion can count this as its first acquisition. Check out the official trailer below, and look for the all-singing, all-dancing, and all-chopping mania to hit theaters in the 2018 holiday season.