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Clive Barker to Rewrite 'Zombies vs. Gladiators' for Amazon Studios

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June 5, 2012

Gladiators / Zombies

Zombies are on the rise (pun intended) in all sorts of modern settings these days, but if you've ever wondered what the stumbling undead would look like wandering around in a different time period altogether, today's your lucky day. Amazon Studios is teaming with Hellraiser writer/director Clive Barker to rewrite Zombies vs. Gladiators, the latest mash-up genre film to be developed by a studio. The story takes place in ancient Rome, when a dying shaman in the Coliseum casts a spell that creates the world's first zombies. Against all odds, a gladiator must fight to stop the horde and save Rome. Read on!

If you're like me, you're probably getting tired of all of these "versus" movies that have been announced recently. Barry Sonnenfeld is directing Dominion: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens, Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is working on Zombies vs. Robots, blah blah blah. Hollywood execs think they can find all these buzzwords and make an entertaining movie by tossing them together, but it doesn't always work out like that. And if you don't believe me, just ask Cowboys & Aliens from last summer.

As for Barker, he's best known for writing horror stories and directing Hellraiser (which, coincidentally, we just talked about on this week's episode of my podcast), so it'll be pretty fascinating to see if he can infuse this ridiculous concept with any sort of real stakes or reason for us to care about any of the characters beyond the gimmick. Remember this project is coming from Amazon Studios, which is essentially a crowd-based studio that accepts unsolicited scripts from anyone and tries to make a full-length feature out of it. This project totally sounds like fanboy fan fiction, but we'll see if Barker can add anything to the material. We'll keep you posted as Zombies vs. Gladiators makes its way through development.

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  • Tzarina
    I'm trying to keep an open mind, I'm not really feelin' this at the moment. I love Clive, so I'm willing to see how this works out.
    • David Banner
      ^---------what he said. Any news on Clive Barkers work on getting Nightbreed adapted to a tv-series?
  • grimjob
    Normally I wouldn't have really been interested. But now that Barker is on it, this could potentially be some pretty twisted shit. Looking forward to more news...
  • "Et tu, Zombie?" - William Shakespeared These things write themselves, folks...

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