I don’t know if you all felt the same way, but I was literally (OK, more like figuratively) gutted when BBC Three canceled their critically acclaimed zombie drama series In the Flesh earlier this year.
Since then, creator Dominic Mitchell says he's been overwhelmed by the reaction from fans who have suggested he should bring back our beloved group of PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) Sufferers in a movie.
In an interview with Radio Times, Mitchell revealed that he was taking the idea of using crowdfunding seriously — thanks in part to the Veronica Mars movie that was crowdfunded through Kickstarter — and that he hopes to start a campaign to raise the £1 million (roughly $1.5 million in U.S. dollars) needed to bring back the town and denizens of Roarton.
“If theres enough of a ground swell perhaps outside investors would take notice, I wouldn't rule out a Kickstarter campaign though. I’m a big fan of the TV series Veronica Mars, and the creator / writer Rob Thomas did something similar when the show was untimely cancelled and I thought the film worked really well in a number of ways. It stood by itself, meaning if you hadn’t watched the show you could still enjoy the movie as a first time viewer and if you had watched the series it was a joy to meet the characters and re-enter that world again. That’s what I would like to try and accomplish if In The Flesh became a feature film, make it accessible to new audiences while also satisfying the loyal fan base.”
Mitchell and the show went on to win two BAFTA awards during its two-series run. One was for Best Mini Series, and the other for Best Writer. In the Flesh was set in the fictional village of Roarton in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. What was great about the show was that it told a vastly different tale than what we currently see on TV with The Walking Dead and Z Nation, or in movies such as 28 Days Later and World War Z.
The series followed Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) after the medically reformed rotter was reintroduced into a xenophobic society, and into a family who had lost their son/brother to suicide. It's a very dark subject matter for sure, but I thought that unique approach made the storyline fresh, and it brought a great deal of tension and drama.
Even though there was apparently some interest from online streaming services to continue telling the story, Mitchell thinks a movie would be the best medium for what he thinks should come next.
“This idea [for an In The Flesh movie] is in its infancy at the moment. I don’t have words on paper yet, or investors lined up. However, the idea for a film version has been niggling in the back of my brain for about a year now and after the cancellation it was suggested to me by a lot of folks, from the public to people working in the TV and film industry. I believe a movie would perhaps work even better than a third series or webisodes. You could really explore the parallel universe of In The Flesh. See how they handle PDS sufferers in the capital, in Scotland, in Wales, in the whole of Great Britain. That excites me a lot.”
But with Season 2 ending with a lot of plot points left unresolved, including the fate of murdered zombie Amy (Emily Bevan), who we last saw being dug up at the end of the finale, which storylines would Mitchell most like to resolve? Well, quite a lot of them, actually!
“So many! What’s happened to Amy? What are Halperin & Weston really up to? Who is the Undead Prophet? Now Simon has betrayed the Undead Liberation Army, has he got a bounty on his head? Are the other eleven disciples going to come after Kieren (they still believe he’s the First Risen after all)? What’s happened to Jem after accidentally killing a PDS sufferer? Are the residents of Roarton finally coming to terms with their PDS neighbours or are they still fearful and suspicious as ever? On a more national front, are the ULA still carrying out terrorist attacks, and if so, has Victus, the anti PDS political group, gained more power in the country? Hell, is there going to really be a second rising? What would that look like and who would come back? That is a lot of plot strands to tie up! Perhaps I should aim for a trilogy. I’m kidding. Sort of.”
What do you think? Would you like to see In the Flesh being resurrected as a movie? What would you like to see happen if that were the case?
(via Radio Times)