The long-running title from Image Comics, Deadworld, is coming to a big screen near you. According to Variety, it’s being written by X-Men 2 and Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter and produced by Coraline producer Bill Mechanic. I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Deadworld before finding out about this adaptation, but that may be because when it was in its heyday (late 80s to early 90s) I wasn’t quite to the age where my parents would buy me a comic book with this kinda stuff on the cover.
Deadworld takes place in a post-Apocalyptic environment brought on by zombie attacks (is there any better kind?). One of the more unique features of the story is that the zombies are just as self-aware as their human counterparts. No mindless shuffling husks but intelligent beings who just happened to be hell bent on eating your brains. According to /Film:
Mechanic sees the comic series as a possible franchise, and hasn’t just hired Hayter to write and produce. He’ll also design the look of the film, with an eye towards “creating cool, frightening but not necessarily gory creatures.” The movie version of Deadworld should pick up a few months after an apocalypse has left the world overrun by zombies, led by the Harley-riding King Zombie, who’ll be the hero of the film as he wrangles with the few human survivors.
No word yet on director, stars, etc. It’s a little too early in the game for that, but this is definitely a project I’ll be keeping my eye on.