At this point it’s been pretty well established that anything even remotely zombie-related will sell to hordes of fans, and with the recent success of The Walking Dead on AMC, it doesn’t seem like the undead are going away anytime soon. So to say that we’ve caught wind of yet another new zombie flick in development isn’t particularly surprising, in and of itself. What is pretty surprising, however, is the source material that this particular project will be drawing from. Anyone who owned a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis in the early ’90s might be familiar with a little game called Zombies Ate My Neighbors. If all goes according to plan, it looks like this cult classic video game might be getting a big screen adaptation some 18 years after its release!
Zombies Ate My Neighbors was developed by Lucasarts and revolved around two teenagers named Zeke and Julie who find their hometown overrun with zombies and various other ghastly creatures. They must use whatever homemade weapons they can find to defeat them and help rescue their neighbours. The game drew inspiration from ’60s B-movies and had a very tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, so it makes sense, then, that the movie will also be a horror-comedy of sorts.
A script has been written by John Darko (5 Ways to Split Apart the Day), but there is no director or cast attached as of yet. Actually, it sounds like the movie is still in the very early stages of production, as they have yet to fully secure the rights and are still in search of funding. I actually don’t know that this could end up being anything more than just another generic zombie comedy, but at the very least this serves as a reminder that I really need to download the game on the Wii Virtual Console and take it for another spin. Are you interested in a Zombies Ate My Neighbors movie, or are you all zombied out?