The horror-mashup epidemic has already laid claim to the Bennet family (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Abraham Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Queen Victoria (Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter), so it was only a matter of time before it reached 1960s Liverpool.
However, in Alan Goldsher’s forthcoming novel Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, which is shambling toward the big screen, the Fab Four aren’t zombie killers, but rather the walking trying to escape destruction at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter — a certain Mick Jagger. Due in June from Simon & Schuster, Paul is Undead is presented as an oral history that begins in 1940 when a newborn John Lennon is bitten by a zombie. Some 17 years later, the idealistic, if undead, guitarist with dreams of global domination kills and reanimates Paul McCartney, beginning a relationship that will change the world. With the additions of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison, drummer/Seventh-Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles set off on a bloody rampage across the planet.
The novel has been optioned by Double Feature partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher (Contagion, Erin Brockovich). “I am a huge Beatle’s fan like the rest of the world and Alan’s mash up, which really showcases his love of music history and his appreciation of the zombie world, is a fun, funny read,” Sher told Deadline’s Michael Fleming. “The illustrations are fantastic, and how can you not love a book where Jesus agrees with Zombie John Lennon, that the Beatles are in fact bigger than him. We will be going out to studios, financiers, and talent soon.”