FSR recently reported on two zombie flicks that are in the works—Graham-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the RKO remake of I Walked With a Zombie—but believe it or not, there’s more movie and DVD news about the walking dead!
Independent home video/DVD entertainment company Anchor Bay will be releasing Japanese director Sakichi Satô’s Tokyo Zombie. Released in December of 2005 in Japan, Tokyo Zombie will hit DVD this April. According to Shock Till You Drop, Tokyo Zombie details the following story:
Fujio and Mitsuo always dream to go to Russia and become the strongest men in the field of jujutsu, a form of Japanese martial arts. Their lives turn upside down when zombies begin to walk down from Mount Fuji. Using jujutsu, Fujio and Mitsuo are determined to save Tokyo from zombie invasion!
The film stars Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer) and Show Aikawa (Dead or Alive). Expect an official announcement from Anchor Bay sometime in the next few months.
Until then, zombie fans (uh… fans of the zombie genre, that is) can whet their appetite for news of the undead with recently released information about the cinematic adaptation of Red 5 Comics’ ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction. Apparently, the scribes behind the recently released Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain (also behind last month’s limited release, Outlander), just signed on to write ZMD for production company BenderSpink (The Ring, The Butterfly Effect), much to ZMD author and Underworld writer-producer Kevin Grevioux’s delight.
BenderSpink picked up the rights to ZMB this past July and first-timer Kevin Hamedani will direct. ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction follows a U.S. special ops team sent to the Middle East to handle a zombie experiment gone bad. The cast list includes Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish), Richard Carmen (The Taken), and a host of extremely green actors and actresses. Good thing it doesn’t take much to play a zombie, right?
In other zombie news, a former Maysville Pictures (George Clooney’s production company) project called Deadworld is being given a second change at the silver screen. Coraline producer Bill Mechanic recently told MTV that he’s developing a Deadworld feature film.
“I’ve always looked for a good story and these guys have created stories that are so visual that you just see the movie,” he said in an interview. “There’s story that needs to be worked out and character that needs to be worked out, but you at least know what you’re going to do.”
Deadworld tells the story of the survivors of a zombie apocalypse (think the Walking Dead comic series) where the undead are intelligent (think the I Am Legend graphic novel). First released by Arrow Comics in the 1980s, Deadworld became a Calibur series in the 1990s and was picked up by Image Comics in 2005 right around the time that Maysville Pictures was looking into adapting the series. More information is expected on Deadworld in the next few months, so stay tuned.