If Romero’s zombie film Night Of The Living Dead reinvented the genre as social satire, Danny Boyle’s 2002 post-zombie apocolypse 28 Days Later feels almost like a reaction to the previous year’s terrorist attacks on New York City. A simple bicycle currier awakes from a coma to discover that London has been evacuated for the safety of the countryside, which he strikes out for with a small band of survivors. What caused such an exodus? An engineered virus released from a laboratory has turned a majority of the population into rage-fueled, nocturnal beserkers. A variation on the zombie motif, though Boyle is careful to never use the word in the movie. Ironically, the fast moving creatures of this movie are reportedly the inspiration for the fast moving zombies in Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn Of The Dead.
It looks as if no sooner has the Weinstein Company/Dimension announced plans for a third installment of their revitalized Halloween franchise, in 3D no less, than they’ve put those plans on hold. According to Deadline [click for more]
Marc Forster, whose Bond installment Quantum Of Solace opens in theaters today, has been hired by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B to direct their adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie apocalypse novel World War [click for more]