You may know Clive Barker from such classic horror novels as The Damnation Game or the Books of Blood series, or maybe from his modern-day fantasy novels Imagica and The Great and Secret Show. He's worked in film (Pinhead from Hellraiser being one of his more iconic creations), visual art and plays, comic books, and now he's involved in what I can only describe as two great tastes that will hopefully taste great together: zombies and Amazon.com.
Oh yeah. Clive Barker, the fan favorite known for defining genres and pushing boundaries, is going to rewrite an action horror movie called Zombies vs. Gladiators—and it's being produced by Amazon Studios, a division of Amazon.com that uses audience feedback to develop movie and TV scripts.
Crowdsourced zombie flick with Clive Barker at the helm? Hello, this sounds awesome.
Amazon Studios audience-tested the movie concept, which starts with a shaman who is about to die in the Colosseum in ancient Rome casting a spell that creates the world’s first zombies. Who will stop the infestation of walking dead from conquering Rome and eventually taking over the world? A gladiator, natch.
Unsurprisingly, feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the project was greenlit. I mean, throw in Russell Crowe and Zombies vs. Gladiators might be the best gol-danged movie ever MADE, you guys.
While the movie sounds deliciously pulpy, Barker's statement shows that he's actually taking it fairly seriously:
I’m 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.
If there's one thing you can count on with Clive Barker, it's that he doesn't produce unoriginal content, no matter the medium. Personally, I can't wait to see how this movie turns out, and I hope it's a commercial success—if only for the exciting possibility of a studio that actually puts out creatively engaging material instead of a nonstop series of reboots and sequels.
What do you think about Zombies vs. Gladiators? Are you interested in seeing it?
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