Well, Zombiephiles, it’s been a good year for Zombies and zombie movies, and it looks like 2008’s just going to get better. This year saw several good zombie movies – there was Fido, and more recently, the Zombie Diaries, not to mention Resident Evil Extinction and 28 Weeks Later. But what’s on the horizon? Our zombiephile examines some of the hottest current and upcoming zombie movie titles – so you don’t have to.
We posted a trailer for this one earlier this year – with a tentative release date still set for “2007,” zombie fans are starting to wonder when the new “Day of the Dead” is actually going to hit the theaters. Directed by the underwhelming Steve Miner, this is a loose remake of George Romero’s original movie of the same name. Starring Mina Suvari, Ving Rhames and Nick Cannon, Day of the Dead is looking as though it might be a sequel to the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, which also starred Ving Rhames. Astute zombiephiles will remember that Ving Rhames’ character had a brother on a military installation…which is where Day of the Dead takes place. Maybe he just forgot to mention that he had a twin brother…
Either way, this looks like it’s going to be one of those “military” zombie movies – we’re seeing more and more of those lately. The trailers on Youtube show lots of people in camou fighting lots of dead people with guns. Sounds exciting. Somehow I don’t think we’re going to get to see Mina Suvari’s zombie boobs, though, so it’s all probably going to be a wash in the end.
One thing, though: the new Day of the Dead remake is written by Jeffrey Riddick, the screenwriter responsible for Final Destination 1, 2 and 3. Now, this zombiephile can’t speak for the rest of you, but he thinks Final Destination really kicked serious ass and was completely hilarious – just like zombie movies should be.
Not to be confused with The Zombie Diaries,, Diary of the Dead is George Romero’s first written-and-directed zombie movie offering in some time. Already out in theaters in the U.S. and abroad, Diary of the Dead is the story of a group of young filmmakers who stumble into a real zombie-attack while making a fake zombie-movie. How creative – this Zombiephile is working on a screenplay with exactly the same story, except it’s a comedy. Sounds like Romero’s been going to through this Zombiephile’s trash can again – this happened when he made Land of the Dead, too – it’s just so hard to tell an old man to get the hell out of your trash can and go write his own zombie movies.
Stuffed full of zombie-universe cameo’s (Quentin Tarentino, Simon Pegg, Wes Craven, Stephen King), Diary of the Dead looks like it’ll turn out to be a pretty good movie – it’s just a bit of a shame that The Zombie Diaries beat him to the release date, since Romero’s offering will probably be far better than that intrepid, but tragically badly-acted British release from last year.
Ah, this is the Zombie movie that we’re all waiting for, and it’s the one that we’re hearing the least about. There haven’t been many changes to the status of this project since the last time we reported on it here at the Zombiephiles – It’s still “in production,” and J. Michael Straczinkski is still writing the script. Apart from this interview with Dark Horse (“Zombie “War” Enlists JMS & Pitt (February 27th 2007)“), we’re really not hearing anything about this project, which is a bummer since it’s probably going to be one of the best zombie movies ever made.
Based on the book by Max Brooks, writer of the Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z is a history of the zombie war – told from the perspective of the survivors. The book was entirely in interview form, with Brooks taking on the role of the interviewer, traveling around the world and collecting accounts from survivors of “World War Z” – the great war against the Zombies.
Fans are clamoring to know more about the narrative structure of the World War Z movie – since the book was written in interview, readers are wondering how the story will be told through film. Many fans have suggested a “documentary” sort of structure, with the narrator taking on the role of a documentarian, instead of a historian, but many readers argue that this will destroy the oral context which captured the essence of the story. Other readers have suggested dropping the narrator of World War Z altogether and showing the viewer the stories that they told.
However they choose to tell the story of World War Z, this Zombiephile isn’t worried about it – J. Michael Straczinski is one of the most baddest-ass writers ever (see his comic book series Midnight Nation to see what I’m talking about). JMZ loves zombies, and he loves disjointed narrative structures, so we think that World War Z is going to turn out to be just fine. And of course, this Zombiephile will post any WWZ related updates the second they hit the ‘net.
Zombiephiles of the world, Unite!