‘The Walking Dead’s’ Norman Reedus And Robert Kirkman Team Up For New Project

Post-apocalypse theatrical feature also stars Djimon Hounsou.

Today in news that will make “The Walking Dead” fans squeal with ecstatic delight: Norman Reedus and Robert Kirkman are taking their relationship to the next level.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reedus and Kirkman are about to team up on a brand new sci-fi project, this time a feature-length film. Kirkman is set to produce the thriller, titled “Air”; Reedus will both executive produce and star as one of the movie’s hard-ass heroes. Djimon Hounsou is attached in the other lead role.

Though Kirkman is best known for bringing to life a small-screen zombie apocalypse in “The Walking Dead,” in “Air” it’s a catastrophic nuclear event that has ended the world as we know it. With the earth’s atmosphere rendered unbreathable by fallout, survivors have fled to the safety of an underground laboratory where they’ll idle away the years in deep-freeze slumber until the air upstairs is clear again.

The movie centers on two custodians (Reedus and Hounsou) whose lonely job it is to stay awake and monitor the cryogenically frozen folks who will eventually repopulate and reestablish society.

Additional details about the plot are unknown, but it’s a fair guess that some part of this brilliant plan to ensure the survival of the human race goes wildly awry. Let’s be honest: In the movies, once you’ve shown a cryogenic sleeping pod onscreen, it means that something disastrous is bound to happen to it and/or its occupant.

There may also be a hint or two about what to expect from “Air” when you consider how many of its production team have serious gaming cred: In addition to Kirkman who has been heavily involved in bringing “The Walking Dead” video games to life, “Air” boasts a screenwriting duo made up of “Red Dead Redemption” and “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” veteran Christian Cantamessa and “Fallout” lead designer Chris Pasetto. You might also recognize the pair as the co-writers of the acclaimed horror short, “How I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse.” Cantamessa will also direct.

In other words: With a bunch of shoot-em-up zombie enthusiasts running the show, this film probably won’t be a quiet, contemplative, cerebral study of how the aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse makes Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou feel.