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By James W, Monday 25th July 2011
Carlos Gallardo, producer of the acclaimed El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico trilogy, and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the owner of Heavy Metal Publishing, have announced their involvement as executive producers on Zombie Apocalypse (working title), a forthcoming movie to be directed by hot new writer/director discovery, Chee Keong Cheung.
Zombie Apocalypse is a unique combination of the action, zombie horror and war genres with the added element of mixed martial arts and will be produced by UK based Intense Productions. The first ever Zombie film to feature mixed martial arts, based on an original screenplay written by Chee Keong Cheung, and lined up as the first in a new trilogy, Zombie Apocalypse will be a multi platform project, which will include graphic novel and merchandise tie ins. Heavy Metal Publishing headed by Kevin Eastman will be the first to exploit the rights with the graphic novel featuring world class Heavy Metal writers and artists to coincide with the film’s intended 2012 release. The production will also team up with Heavy Metal as a promotional and merchandising partner on the picture. A computer game is also envisaged.
In Zombie Apocalypse, zombies start to take control of the world and they turn into malevolent versions of their former selves with any previous physical combat skills enhanced to almost superhuman level, making eradication near impossible. Into this seething hell a squad of eight Special Forces soldiers are assigned a suicide mission to rescue a scientist from a city ruled by the undead.
Rising talent, British-Chinese writer, director and producer, Chee Keong Cheung’s last picture the action/drama, Bodyguard: A New Beginning, was filmed in the UK and Hong Kong and released through Lions Gate in North America. Zombie Apocalypse was co-written by Mark Strange and Steve Horvath.
Producing alongside Chee Keong Cheung of Intense Productions will be Mark Strange and Michael Riley of Sterling Pictures in association with fast rising UK independent production company Magic Lantern Digital Productions, headed by Mick Southworth and Martin McCabe who will both be acting as Executive Producers on the picture. The producers are currently in advanced negotiations with two major studios and several of the bigger independents for the UK rights for Zombie Apocalypse, as well as other English speaking territories outside of the US.
Production is estimated for a Q4 2011 start date in the UK with an expected Fall 2012 release. Casting is currently underway and further announcements are expected shortly.
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