February 11, 2009

Odds n' Ends

A round up of zombie-related news hitting the web

  • Also in follow up to a previous post, CAPCOM has confirmed Dead Rising 2 after a trailer was leaked to the web. Dead Rising 2 will be released on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The press release has further details:
The sequel to the 1.5 million-plus selling Dead Rising™, Dead Rising 2 will take the franchise to a new level of zombie-killing fun with tens of thousands of zombies, the all new gambling paradise of Fortune City to explore and conquer plus a host of new in-game objects that can all be used as deadly weapons to stave off the zombie assault.

Dead Rising 2 is set several years after the infamous zombie invasion of
Willamette. Unfortunately, the zombie virus was not contained at the conclusion of Dead Rising, spreading unchecked throughout the United States and Dead Rising 2 depicts a country where zombie outbreaks continue to strike.

Dead Rising 2 is being developed in partnership with up and coming Canadian developer Blue Castle Games. A number of members from the original Dead Rising team will be working alongside Blue Castle Games throughout the development process, including Capcom’s global head of research and development, Keiji Inafune, who as the game’s Producer will play an active role in the project.

[via Destructoid]

  • A remake of RKO's I Walked With a Zombie (1943) is set to be directed by Adam Marcus (dir. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) for Twisted Pictures [via Bloody-Disgusting]
  • A new international one-sheet for Bruce McDonald's Pontypool has hit the tubes. Pontypool is set for an international release in March, IFC Films plans to release the film State-side in May. [via Bloody-Disgusting]
  • Last but not least, a little undead astronomy. Looks like the universe actually has so-called "zombie stars." According to SPACE.com, "zombie stars" (aka Soft Gamma-ray Repeaters) are old stars that have consumed all the fuel that powers their nuclear fusion, so they are technically dead; however, the star continues to spin on its axis every 2.6 seconds while producing strong magnetic fields. There are only five known "zombie stars" in our galaxy and one in a nearby galaxy. So, they spin every 2.6 seconds? I guess this must mean they are fast zombies. [via SPACE.com]