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The Beatles Are Zombies With Option of Book 'Paul is Undead'

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May 7, 2010
Source: Deadline

Paul is Undead

Following in the footsteps of big adaptations of books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Deadline reports that zombies have infiltrated the world of iconic musicians as Double Feature partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher have optioned the forthcoming Alan Goldsher novel Paul is Undead, with a story that re-imagines the history of The Beatles where the four legendary musicians become zombies. Though it sounds very interesting on paper, the concept does seem a little less marketable than the aforementioned vampire and zombie-infused re-imaginings of history and literature.

Written as oral history, the book details how Lennon, a zombie guitarist in Liverpool, kills and reanimates McCartney, then does the same with Harrison and Starr. They deliver hits and bloody mayhem across the world, pursued by England's greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger. They also engage in a battle with Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono, and snack on the brains of swooning fans. I'm not sure how The Beatles feel about this, but I'll admit that having Mick Jagger as a zombie hunter and Yoko Ono as an evil ninja is pretty damn brilliant, even if it sounds like something you'd come up with after being high for a whole week. But Sher, who has produced films like Pulp Fiction and Erin Brockovich, couldn't be more excited for this:

"I am a huge Beatles fan like the rest of the world and Alan's mash up, which really showcases his love of music history and his appreciation of the zombie world, is a fun, funny read. The illustrations are fantastic, and how can you not love a book where Jesus agrees with Zombie John Lennon, that the Beatles are in fact bigger than him. We will be going out to studios, financiers, and talent soon."

I can't help but imagine heaps of people, including plenty of Beatles maniacs, turning into a zombie worthy herd of naysayers, but at least this is something original (and we know how rare that is). However, this could end up being somewhat therapeutic for Beatles fans who would probably love to see the fab four take down Yoko Ono in one fell swoop and fight Mick Jagger for the title of Best British Import. And if you'd like to check out the book before the project really gears up for production (probably a little ways off since I'm sure there's plenty of likeness rights and such to be secured) you can check out the novel when it is released on June 22nd this summer. What do you guys think of The Beatles becoming bloodthirsty zombies?

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  • tra la la la la di da
    Isn't this a movie site?
  • Peace Love & GaGa
    #1 They're thinking of making it into a movie after the book is released...did you even read the article? Frankly I think this is completely stupid. Unless of course Burton directs it, it could actually be good.
  • Cracky
    Lol. This sounds really dumb. Could be fun, but I just think it sounds dumb. Fan of the Beatles or not, it reminds me of something some bored teens thought up.
  • tra la la la la di da
    I stopped after awhile...it got too ridiculous.
  • DeadlyDecker
    mmm...hhmmm...
  • Grapesofwrathandunicorns
    I have to say, I honestly have no idea how to react to this. "Off-the-wall" comes to mind, but I'm really not sure if I mean that in a good way. When i first heard about these zombie/monster mash-ups, I thought it was a pretty cool idea; but when I read a couple pages of Pride and Prejudice with zombies, The "writing" was less than mediocre. The Mick Jagger idea is pretty cool (simply because of the rivalry) But I cant help feeling the author simply tossed historical references into a generally stupid concept. I hate to say this, but the zombie and vampire crap is getting old, and fast. As for a movie, all I can say is "Are you effing kidding me?" I'm almost certain I couldn't sit through more than half an hour of this. I am a fan of the Beatles, and that makes the idea kinda cool; But I still cant get past the fact that this lazy half-a$$ed writing is losing the little charm or wit it even had. Remakes and adaptations are one thing, but can we please, for the love of god, stop adding random monsters to other peoples work to make a quick buck. That was far more long winded than I intended, but hey, I guess I needed a good healthy rant.
  • Yeaaah
    Apparently my previous comment did not submit. I'm sure as hell not typing that up again (It was way too long anyway. my luck it'll pop right up after i submit this one, making me look like a total tool) But here's the readers digest condensed version: The book is a totally wacky idea, Which I have a feeling, reads nowhere near as cool as the idea itself seems to be. A movie on the other hand: Please don't. Please stop. No more vampires or zombies. Please. (Zombieland 2 is just fine). I'm getting tired of this "Just add popular crap to old crap, we can make money" attitude.
  • Robb
    As someone who loved thru has the rise of the Beatles, and seen how every facet of the popular music industry was changed by them - and as a musician who's own music was heavily influenced by the Beatles - and as a huge fan of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", all I can say is Fuckin'-Ay RIGHT! I can't wait to read the book, and I hope that the moves kills. as things stand now, the only way that the BEatles could put together a reunion tour is if George and John were zombies anyway, so I'm all good with the concept.

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