'Deadworld' Adaptation Adds 'Watchmen' & 'X-Men 2’ Screenwriter David Hayter

DeadworldBack in February, we revealed that "Coraline" producer Bill Mechanic had snatched up the rights to "Deadworld," a comic book series that focuses on a zombie apocalypse's aftermath -- and like the titular dead flesh-eaters, this story is rising again.

Variety announced today that Mechanic will be joined in his "Deadworld" efforts by Dark Hero Studios' David Hayter and Benedict Carver. The film is looking to begin production in 2010.

According to Variety, the story of "Deadworld" picks up four months after an event in which zombies have overtaken the planet, with humans few and far between. The protagonist is a character called "King Zombie, a Harley-riding corpse who holds a grudge against the survivors who made him an outcast."

Hayter, of course, is the screenwriter behind several comic book projects, most notably "X2: X-Men United" and Zack Snyder's adaptation of "Watchmen." (Did'ja also know he's the voice of Solid Snake in "Metal Gear Solid"?) He describes "Deadworld" as contingent on "cool, frightening but not necessarily gory creatures."

If you want to learn more about "Deadworld," head on over to the official website for the comic book series. It describes "Deadworld" as a new type of zombie story, depicting "intelligent zombies with a goal and a mission," while focusing on humanity's ever-increasing realization that they're facing certain extinction.

Interestingly, the website also mentions that "Deadworld" was previously optioned for film by George Clooney and Robert Lawrence's Maysville Pictures with distribution from Warner Bros. Even if Clooney's not involved in this original deal, we'd like to put our vote in now to have the actor suit up as King Zombie. C'mon guys, it's been a long time since "Batman and Robin"!

Who do you think should play King Zombie? And just how awesome is that name?