The concept of zombie movies is certainly nothing new, but the undead are biting, clawing and charming their way into Hollywood in a variety of innovative new ways nowadays. These aren't your parents zombies, be they slow or fast moving, or created by virus or curse. Nope, now they're falling in love, giving Jane Austen novels new meaning and even... playing football?
That's right. The latest of these modern zombie tales to get brought to the big screen is an adaptation of Ryan Brown's supernatural thriller "Play Dead," which follows vengeful zombie football players in a football-obsessed Texas town. Variety reports that Mark Canton, producer for George Romero's "Land of the Dead," is producing the flick and "300" screenwriter Joe Schreiber will be adapting it.
Never did we think we'd see a zombie football flick, but now that the idea is out there, we have to admit it sounds like a touchdown. And it got us thinking about what other surprising genres we'd like to see the zombies infect, and which ones it already has.
What We Have: A Zombie Football Movie
"Play Dead" takes place in Killington, Texas where the high school football team is having its best season in ages thanks to their star quarterback Cole Logan. But their rival team from Elmwood is afraid Killington will beat them in the district championship, and the Elmwood team sends the Killington bus into a river, causing the deaths of everyone except Cole and the coach. With the help of their local witch -- and football fan -- Black Mona, Cole and the coach raise the players back from the dead in time for the game. Their main problem with the new undead team? Trying to get them to play pigskin instead of eating people. Yes, this movie sounds awesome.
What We Want: A Zombie Teen Flick
Diablo Cody already tried this with poor results in last year's "Jennifer's Body," but taking a more ironic approach to high school pettiness with zombies thrown in seems like it could work out perfectly. We're thinking more like "Mean Girls" with flesh-hungry monsters. Being turned into the undead certainly would give the girls good cause to worry about their looks.
What We Have: Zombies in 18th Century Literature
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has certainly been the most popular literary-horror crossover, and the idea of Elizabeth Bennett struggling against both zombies and her feelings for Mr. Darcy just made a great book that much more epic. Eventually it will make its way to the screen, and when it does we will rejoice, because we certainly haven't seen zombies in the British countryside like this before.
What We Want: Zombies in American History
If Abraham Lincoln was secretly a vampire hunter, why can't FDR have secretly been infected by zombies? Maybe that whole "polio" thing was just a cover for the fact he had been bitten in the leg by a zombie in his youth? We're just throwing ideas around right now, but we're definitely intrigued by the supernatural side of our nation's history.
What We Have: A Zombie Love Story
Last we heard, Diablo Cody's "Breathers: A Zombie's Lament" had Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson attached to star in it, and the zombie romantic comedy was on the fast track to getting made. "Breathers" takes place in a world where zombies are just humans like anyone else, except dead, and the story's main character Andy just wants to fall in love with "impossibly sexy recent suicide" Rita and get his undead happily ever after.
Do you like how this new genre of zombies is making its way into Hollywood?