It seems that a week doesn’t go by without some kind of zombie project being announced or released. This one is going to be based on a comic series. In December 2014, video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, the makers of such popular smash gaming hits as Grand Theft Auto and Bioshock, announced plans to launch a comic book imprint named Double Take. Double Take launched ten titles simultaneously on something called the Ultimate Night Of The Living Dead series. The flagship title was Z-Men, and it is this which is now going to be adapted for the big screen by Lionsgate. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Z-Men will be scripted by its comic creator Jeff McComsey. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger issued this short, but enthusiastic, statement regarding the deal:
“We’re delighted to expand our relationship with our friends at Take-Two by partnering with their comic book arm, Double Take, in bringing Z-Men to the big screen”.
The story follows Stuart and Clancy, members of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Secret Service. They are are sent on a mission to Pennsylvania, and have been asked by LBJ to bring him back a zombie, dead or alive. It isn’t long before the buddy duo discover that they have found themselves in the middle of a full blown zombie nightmare, with the undead shuffling around town and dining on some of the people who live there.
So what we basically have here is an entry into the world of the 1968 film but from a different point of view. It really does seem that the legacy of George A. Romero’s living dead classic, which has had sequels, remakes, recuts, etc., refuses to die. What’s the betting that, if Z-Men is a success, they’ll try to turn it into a franchise [like seemingly everything else] and adapt some of the other Double Take comics?