April 27, 2009

Odds N' Ends

A round up of zombie-related news hitting the web

  • Paul Dailing posted a hilariously satrical narrative to rebuke mainstream journalism and blogs by imagining what would happen if news of the zombie apocalypse broke first on Twitter. His story includes Lou Dobbs getting eaten; what more do I have to say to get you to check it out? [via The Huffington Post]
  • Dread Central is reporting that a sequel to Bruce McDonald's Pontypool (REVIEW) is on its way! During a recent Q&A screening in Boston, the film's producers stated they had just received the script for a sequel that will be more action-oriented. [via Dread Central]
  • The floodgates are now open. After all the buzz generated by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, more authors are coming out of the woodwork to inject zombies into pre-existing novels. Take the excessively over-named The War of the Worlds: Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies by H.G. Wells and Eric S. Brown. Now, Eric S. Brown carries some zombie-cred. He's written several zombie novels and novellas as well as some chapbooks and short stories. He's obviously invested in the genre. However, this mash up with The War of the Worlds smells like a desperate attempt to get in on the feeding frenzy over the buzz left by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Having read neither of these works, however, my skepticism may be unfounded. The War of the Worlds: Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies will be available from Coscom Entertainment on April 30, 2009.
  • Bill Murray may appear as a zombie in the upcoming film Zombieland. The news broke through various sources but nothing I can personally confirm. Shock Till You Drop posted exclusive news that Murray would appear in full undead makeup for a cameo in the film; then, Bloody-Disgusting posted a link to props being sold on Craig's List. According to these Craig's List pages, Murray is indeed going to appear in the film; however, the Craig's List pages appear to have been removed. Forget literary mashups, when is a filmmaker going to step up and finally give us Groundhog's Day of the Dead?