I've been a big supporter of Alan Goldsher's mock oral history of the zombie Beatles, "Paul Is Undead" here on MTV Movies Blog largely because it's awesome. Also because Double Feature producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg optioned the movie for a film treatment, which the author envisions as a "high-budget, zombified 'Behind the Music.'"
Now I've got word straight from Alan himself that he's working on a follow-up novel, "Poppermost Over America." Picking up right where "Paul Is Undead" left off, "Poppermost" will drop the oral history format for a work of mock-Gonzo journalism, with Alan as the narrator. He had this to say about the story: (**SPOILER ALERT** for those who haven't read it) "The Beatles kidnap me, and drag me along for their Poppermost Over America reunion tour, during which they intend to take over the United States. Blood, violence and smashed guitars ensue."
There are still some details to be worked out on the business end, but the hope is that we'll see the book sooner rather than later. "We're looking for the classiest publishing house possible to handle this warm, touching, sensitive work, and we're shooting for a late 2011 or early 2012 release," Alan revealed. "'Paul is Undead' is inches away from being a bestseller, and the fans have been clamoring for more to the point of mailing me their dismembered body parts. Yuck."
Alan has several other projects coming down the pipe as well. "Midnight Movie," a collaboration with "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (the original) director Tobe Hooper, is expected to arrive in 2011. Also coming up is the Elvis Presley/Mary Shelley remix that we revealed a few months ago, "Frankenstein Has Left the Building." And one more! Alan also told me about his upcoming young adult series, "Rock U," which he described as "'Harry Potter' meets 'School of Rock.'" Sounds magically metal to me. Stay tuned for further updates as we get them.