Zemeckis Producing 'How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack' Movie

April 14, 2011
Source: BD, THR

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack

Yep, you read that right. Apparently none other than former Yellow Submarine helmer and the iconic director of Back to the Future - Robert Zemeckis - is producing an adaptation of a book called How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. Bloody-Disgusting, who was the first to report before THR, says that Sony Pictures Animation has optioned that book, which will be developed "as an R-rated live-action/CG hybrid budgeted in the $20 million-30 million range." This suddenly got awesome. But no screenwriter is even attached. So it's kinda Small Soldiers but redone with gnomes and Zemeckis producing? I'm totally in.

The book by Chuck Sambuchino, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will), is a "comprehensive survival guide that will help you prevent, prepare for and ward off an imminent home invasion by the common garden gnome. Once thought of as harmless yard decorations, evidence is mounting that these smiling lawn statues are poised and ready to wreck havoc." Zemeckis has not expressed any interest in directing, so he'll probably just produce. This is such a wacky, wild, crazy awesome concept, and there's even viral videos already! Plus, it's always great to see another R-rated, edgy "animated" comedy again. We'll let you know when they hire a writer/director! Sound good?

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First! Wicked (don't even have a comment)

DanTheMan on Apr 15, 2011


how old are you...?

Nick S. on Apr 15, 2011


DanTheMan has no age...he is forever.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


this should be retitled to 'Win'

Jericho on Apr 15, 2011


Let's all go see Zemeckis' "Mars Needs Moms" en masse and maybe he can back out of this deal and save a smidgen of face.

Christian Toto on Apr 15, 2011


Proof that these bastards are BURNING money.

Big Boss on Apr 15, 2011


Zemekis has lost it.

Benjaminffalcon on Apr 15, 2011


Creative? Very. Will I see it? Absolutely.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


I like this response.

Alex Billington on Apr 15, 2011


I still like Zemeckis...I mean he brought us Forest Gump, Cast Away, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Sure he's gone in a very strange direction.Polar Express was decent, and Beowulf was in my opinion pretty damn good...but A Christmas Carol was lame and he tried to do a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, big mistakes...almost unforgivable. I'm willing to give him a chance and this sounds great.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


garden gnome fetish? Absolutely.

Redguy on Apr 15, 2011


maybe...why got a problem with it!?

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


no problem at all my friend.

Redguy on Apr 15, 2011


its not sexual, purely for decoration...and an army.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


Ok I respect Zemeckis very much, but c'mon! Do people really think lawn gnomes are something that people find entertaining?? First Gnomeo and Juliet, now this. I don't know, I'll wait for a trailer first. I hate to say it but Zemeckis hasn't done much since I can't remember when...

GrandDoc23 on Apr 15, 2011


It seems like the lawn gnome trend is here to replace the vampire trend

Awtan90 on Apr 15, 2011


Lol I guess that's one way to put it. Or maybe replace the zombie trend...

GrandDoc23 on Apr 15, 2011


its an absurd idea, but who know's it could surprise us.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


True. I guess we just have to wait and see...

GrandDoc23 on Apr 15, 2011


that's all it ever is, wait and see.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


Did you write this when you were drunk?

Aaron Jennings on Apr 15, 2011


Already was a killer garden gnome movie...well at least a segment of an anthology film "Screamtime" (1983?).

goudos on Apr 16, 2011


Personally, for Sony to allow or want an R rating on this instantly spells out good times. Zemeckis gets to use his full arsenal of creativity and make the type of movie he wants to make, without any restrictions, rules, or limitations. My only problem is the CGI Zemeckis has been stuck on lately. I've never liked that look and its gotten old, fast. If they make this in the vein similar to Small Soldiers/Gremlins, where real people play real people, and the gnomes are the only CG, than this film could be a lot of fun.

Quazzimotto on Apr 17, 2011



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A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


o.O wtf

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


o.O wtf

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018

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