If you ever owned a Super Nintendo back in the day and never got a chance to play Zombies Ate My Neighbors, then you truly lost out on something special. The top-down shooter followed one or two players as they explored a variety of environments, picking up weapons, discovering secrets and saving survivors all while pumping bullet after bullet into the zombie horde.
Now FirstShowing has gotten word that a script written by John Darko adapting the game as a horror-comedy is looking for financing. The film is said to incorporate elements of the video game — including stars Zeke and Julie — but that it is largely its own coming-of-age high school story. With zombies and subversive comedy, of course.
I’ll say that of the many game adaptations now brewing and rumored in the past, this is the first one I love the idea of right off the bat. It’s tough to translate an interactive experience for film, but Zombies is old enough that there’s plenty of story to fill in and filled with plenty of fun elements that could play into that action well for the movie. Here’s hoping Darko, who will produce with April Wade and Ahmed al Baker, gets his backing.
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