Canton Catches Play Dead for the Touchdown

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Hollywood has not had its fill of zombies just yet.

The rights to Ryan Brown’s recently published “Play Dead” novel have been acquired by Mark Canton (300, Land of the Dead, Piranha 3D) and Lucky VIII Films. Screenwriter Joe Schreiber will adapt.

Here’s the publisher’s synopsis: Two cultural obsessions collide head-on in this fast-paced, thrilling, and terribly funny debut by former actor Brown. In the sleepy town of Killington, Texas, the local high school’s football team is having its best season in decades thanks to the efforts of quarterback Cole Logan. Afraid of losing the district championship, the rival Elmwood team sends the Killington bus into a river, drowning everyone on the team except Cole and the coach. Only local witch and football fan Black Mona can raise the players from the dead in time for the game, but if they keep stopping to eat people, they might miss it.