Clive Barker is partnering with Amazon.com to rewrite the horror film Zombies vs. Gladiators. Yes, Amazon has its own production outfit these days – Amazon Studios – and its out to make movies.
Based in ancient Rome, the Zombies vs. Gladiators story opens as a shaman who is about to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that unleashes the worlds first zombies. Its up to a gladiator to stop the spread of the zombie horde and save Rome. Amazon is moving forward to develop the project with Clive Barker at the helm.
Zombies vs. Gladiators is now in the hands of someone who has written genre-defining material throughout his career, said Roy Price, director, Amazon Studios. We are excited to see how Clive will add his unique narrative to capture the essence of this story and propel the project into something unique and original that could one day be enjoyed by all audiences.
Said Barker, Im excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads. One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element – the living dead. My brief to myself on this project is to give the audience not only zombies they have never seen before but also a Rome they have never seen before.
Barker added, Amazon Studios offered up the dream ticket with this project. In twenty-five years of working in this town, I’ve rarely had people listen to what I had to say as closely and as carefully as they did and then simply give me the freedom to go do it. Amazon Studios is an innovative creative concept. I am looking forward to providing my own perspective to make Zombies vs. Gladiators a highly commercial and entertaining movie.