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Zombies Vs Gladiators?
Clive Barker's re-writing the script

05 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Amazon Studios

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Zombies Vs Gladiators?

Despite the serious competition from fairy tales, zombies are continuing to swarm across several areas of pop culture and space / time. The past is no exception, with Amazon Studios hiring horror guru Clive Barker to re-write Zombies Vs Gladiators.

Sniffing the rotting flesh-slathered bandwagon, the company – which represents the sales website’s attempt to generate content by having users submit and then review scripts – is jumping aboard the idea.

Zombies Vs Gladiators finds a shaman about to die in the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome’s Coliseum. In revenge, he casts a spell that unleashes the planet’s first ever zombie horde. Another gladiator (hence the title) takes it upon himself to stop the moaning undead and save both the city and the empire.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads,” says Barker in a press release sent out by Amazon. “One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element – the living dead. My brief to myself on this project is to give the audience not only zombies they have never seen before but also a Rome they have never seen before.”’

Zombies vs. Gladiators is now in the hands of someone who has written genre-defining material throughout his career,” says Amazon Studios director Roy Price. “We are excited to see how Clive will add his unique narrative to capture the essence of this story and propel the project into something unique and original that could one day be enjoyed by all audiences.”

So… More zombies, then. Are we happy with this latest twist on the walking dead? Or is it time for them to take a break so they can be re-invented again in a few years?


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@BenTramer Which is your script? More

Posted by Amz149 at 09:33 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

@BenTramer Which is your script? More

Posted by Amz149 at 09:33 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Zombies On The Amazon
I have a script on the Amazon Studios website, so this is good news. Zombies Vs Gladiators does seem the strongest script there at the moment (next to mine of course!) and I'd like to see it as a movie. I just hope some movies actually get made from that website and that's it's not just Development Hell for wannabes. More

Posted by BenTramer at 21:29 on 05 June 2012 | Report This Post

I remember many moons ago when I had a couple of Clive Barker's 'Tortured Souls' action figures (absolutely disgusting looking cenobite type things), and there was a bit of prose with each figure, all about the sinister underbelly of Rome's decadent nature. I'm sure that was optioned for a movie, but then what isn't? Anyway, it's something he's clearly been interested in for a while. That said, he's not exactly the world's greatest filmmaker/screenwriter and that title smacks of mockbluster shit More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 20:47 on 05 June 2012 | Report This Post

It does sound silly, but it's right up Barker's alley. The Books of Blood contain some really 'out there' stories (some using real events), but leave it to Clive Barker to dig deep and make it interesting and, well, disturbing. More

Posted by OrganicLifeform at 17:51 on 05 June 2012 | Report This Post

Sounds a bit silly if I'm honest. More

Posted by Whistler at 17:40 on 05 June 2012 | Report This Post

Going by the curse of the versus title alone, this sounds naff. Add the synopsis and? Well, still sounds pretty naff. More

Posted by clarkkent at 17:26 on 05 June 2012 | Report This Post

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