Newly-formed international sales company Meyers Media Group announced today that they have picked up all international rights to director Zebediah De Soto’s Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D from Simon West Productions. Simon West (director of The Expendables 2) will produce alongside Jib Polhemus (The Mechanic), Gus Malliarodakis and Matty Mangone-Miranda. Written by De Soto, David Reuben Schwartz and Warren Davis, the film is a motion capture re-imagining of the George A. Romero zombie classic that stars Danielle Harris (Halloween V), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) and Tony Todd (Candyman).
In the film, New York lies in ruin when zombies have overtaken the city. For the few people left alive there is only one dream survival. That includes Ben (Tony Todd) and Barbra (Danielle Harris), two survivors who find themselves trapped and fighting to escape the hordes of undead that walk the streets.
Shot completely in a CG environment using stereoscopic 3D, the film employs the next generation facial capture technology that is a step beyond any previous versions used for this type of film. The look is a marriage between the graphic novel and modern animation, making it a true graphic film that younger audiences will be more accustomed to experiencing.
“Horror films, especially zombie based films, already have a huge audience so it is particularly exciting to reinvent the genre with a totally new look,” said Simon West.
’Night of the Living Dead’ is the most important franchise for the zombie genre, and to be a part of this re-imagining alongside Simon and Jib is exciting for us as a company, said Lawrence Meyers, President of Meyers Media Group.
This is helmer De Soto’s debut as a feature director. Also rounding out the cast are Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects) and Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead).
The film has been produced with the cooperation of The Graphic Film Company in association with Giant Studios, whose credits include motion capture work on The Adventures of Tintin and Avatar.