Excl: Horror-Comedy 'Zombies Ate My Neighbors' in Development
by Alex Billington
February 3, 2011
Nobody likes a serious zombie movie - right? It happened one typical night in suburbia: two best friends amongst a sea of teenage angst battle for safety against the mysterious uprising of neighborhood zombies. If you were alive in the 90s and owned a Super Nintendo, you probably already know what I'm talking about. There's a new film in development called Zombies Ate My Neighbors that is indeed based on the SNES video game of the same name that originally hit in 1993. The film has a screenplay written by John Darko and is currently looking for financiers, but I was tipped that things are going well and it's coming together.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors, the tentative title for the film (gamers may remember that ZAMN was renamed to just Zombie in Europe), can essentially be described as John Hughes meets Judd Apatow meets George A. Romero, which just sounds awesome. Or a bit like Superbad + Zombieland + Home Alone, but with its own sensibilities. The film borrows a bit from the video game, but is primarily its own coming-of-age high school story. Though rest assured, Zeke and Julie from the game will be in this. Darko is producing with April Wade and Ahmed al Baker. This is currently in the works as an independent production and they're still securing rights, but it sounds like an awesome project that we'll likely see on the big screen in a few years.
After enjoying Zombieland, I'm more than happy to see more zombie comedies make their way into theaters, as its fantastic concepts like this that I can't wait to see actually made into a movie. I'll be there opening day once this hits. The SNES game Zombies Ate My Neighbors has amassed a cult following, especially because it was out before the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) existed and was one of the first games to make parents nervous about its content. We'll continue to follow development on this and will definitely let you guys know when they find a director and start casting. Anyone a big fan of Zombies Ate My Neighbors?