ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction Heading for the Big Screen
by Kevin Powers
July 22, 2008
Earlier this year Red 5 Comics had their property "Afterburn" picked up for a big-screen adaptation, interestingly, with Tobey Maguire set to produce. Today, Hollywood Reporter tells us that the burgeoning comic producer got its "ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction" comic picked up by production company Benderspink (The Ruins, The Ring films). Not bad for a company that appears to presently have roughly six comic book properties under its name. Red 5 Comics was actually founded by a contributor to fellow movie site ComingSoon.net, Scott Chitwood, along with Paul Ens, former director LucasFilm's StarWars.com. Excited for another new fresh take on zombies?
"ZMD" was just released last month and is authored by Underworld supporting actor and series creator, Kevin Grevioux. Who knew the Lycan could write? Grevioux is set to reprise his role in the forthcoming Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. As for what he has hatched in this comic book series, the story goes like this:
Air-dropped into the deadliest hot zones, the walking dead indiscriminately infect every last warring insurgent -- on either side of the conflict. Specifically engineered to be photosensitive, once enemy infection becomes complete by dawn, both the originals and newly created zombies dissolve as a means to control widespread and accidental zombification. This allows live soldiers to enter and safely occupy the now-combatant-free territory. However, this plan takes a deadly turn when one of the U.S. zombies, dubbed -- Zombie Zero -- fails to dissolve at the expected time, and begins to wreak havoc in the Middle East by creating others like him. This leads the U.S. military brass to send in a special operative to quietly take out Zombie Zero and his minions before their existence becomes known to the rest of the world.
Not a bad storyline at all, if you ask me. I'm a huge zombie fan and can totally get in to this idea of weaponizing the undead. But I have to wonder, do they give the zombies parachutes? Looks like I have another title to pick up this weekend at my local comic book store. You can head to the official blog for the movie to find out more here: zmdthemovie.com. Is this a good addition to the zombie genre? Are you equally surprised by Grevious talents and Red 5's success so far?