Hammer Films acquire rights to unique Zombie story ‘Boneshaker’

Hammer Films continue their assault on the horror market as it has just been announced they have acquired rights to adapt Cherie Priests novel Boneshaker into a movie. With The Woman in Black due 10th February and films like Wake Wood and Let Me In already behind them, Hammer are back in a big way, and it sounds like Boneshaker will be yet another quality horror to add to their recent lists.

John Hilary Shepherd, who was nominated in 2010 for a WGA Award for his work on ‘Nurse Jackie’, is writing the screenplay while Hammer will co-produce with Cross Creek Pictures. Cross Creek Pictures will also co-finance with Exclusive.

Boneshaker has been nominated for the 2010 Hugo Award for best novel, and also won the 2010 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

The novel, published in 2009 by Tor Books, is the first in a series set in the same Civil War-period, alternate-world Priest has dubbed “The Clockwork Century.” The series’ second novel “Dreadnought” was published in 2010 and the third novel titled “Ganymede” was recently released online and in bookstores on September 27th. The fourth novel in the series called ‘Inexplicables’ is due out next year, and Tor books announced last week that Cherie Priest will be writing the fifth book in the series, ‘Fiddlehead’.

Boneshaker is a classic zombie movie with a modern twist which is quintessentially Hammer so it’s a perfect fit for us,” said Simon Oakes. “Cherie Priest’s steampunk series are fantastic with a distinct, unique style and we’re really looking forward to bringing her ‘Rotters’ to the big screen.

It’s like Jules Verne meets ‘Resident Evil,’ and we’re thrilled to have such a fun, commercial potential franchise in Boneshaker,” says Oliver. He continues: “John’s an exciting screenwriter and we see this being a real crowd pleaser.


An example of “steampunk” science-fiction, which incorporates futuristic innovations into a Victorian setting, Priest’s novel is set in an alternate version of 1880s Seattle, where the city has been walled in and a toxic gas has turned many of its remaining residents into “Rotters,” more commonly known as zombies. A young widow hunts for her teen son in the Seattle underworld, while dealing with airship pirates, a criminal overlord and heavily armed refugees.

(Source: Bloody Disgusting)

By Matt Wavish


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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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