If you need any sort of indication that the zombie craze that has taken over our popular culture in the last decade or so has hit its peak and is now getting ready to wane, you probably need look no further than the ludicrously titled upcoming film from Paramount Pictures, Boy Scouts vs. Zombies. Yes, as you’re likely imagining, this really is a movie that’s going to pit flesh-eating fiends against young boys in little shorts and neckerchiefs, and it really is on its way to being made.
Don’t roll your eyes too much yet though, because there is some indication that there might be a few good ideas getting kicked around here. What started out as simply a pitch for a movie that never ended up getting made has since become a Black List script written by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki, so all indications are that the execution of a movie that pits hordes of rotting creatures against knot-tying and campfire-building skills has so far been better than its conception. So much so that Deadline is reporting the movie is moving forward once again, and has found a new director.
According to their report, the man for the job is Paranormal Activity vet Christopher Landon. He cut his teeth with the wildly successful PA franchise by co-writing Paranormal Activity 2, then was brought back to write 3 and 4, and eventually was allowed to both write and direct the still-upcoming Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, so the guy has got a track record of knowing what modern audiences are into. For this project, he’s said to currently be doing another pass on Evans and Mochizuki’s script, which will then ready it to go into production sometime in the spring.
Honestly, you can say what you will about us being in zombie overload, or about how Something vs. Something movies never seem to be successful at the box office, but if this script does manage to somehow involve a group of gangly 12-year-old-boys using the skills they’ve earned merit badges for to stop the zombie apocalypse, it will probably be worth watching once for sheer ridiculousness alone. If Landon can use the instincts that led to him making an Xbox Kinect an instrument of supernatural horror in Paranormal Activity to do the same for combining zombie attacks with leather working and white water rafting, then Paramount might actually have something here.
Or, this could be the movie that finally kills the zombie craze and brings back mummies or lagoon creatures as the de rigueur monster. We shall see.