You might not be familiar with IDW’s Zombies vs. Robots comic, but if not you should give it a look. It’s a brilliant and fun piece of work about a young girl – the last human on earth – who is protected from zombies by highly advanced robots designed specifically for the task of protecting her.
And now it seems Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company is keen to adapt it into a film. From what I’ve read, it’s working title is Inherit the Earth, but we should see it called by its original title, because while Inherit the Earth is a great name, Zombies vs. Robots is a real attention-grabber. The rumor about this has been floating around for a while, and just because it’s on IMDB doesn’t necessarily make it true. But I’ve seen it on ScreenRant now, which tends to mean that there’s some truth to it.
J.T. Petty is attached as the writer. He wrote the screenplay for a few Splitner Cell games, so it’s okay if you’ve never heard of him. He has written the spec script for the film, and should be to work on the real thing by now.
While it’s hard for me to feel excited about a Michael Bay film, what we can at least surmise from this is that there’s a big budget zombie movie coming up that’s based on a great comic title some time in the not-too-distant future. We will probably see some big names attached to the cast soon and this project should become a big deal by next summer.
George A. Romero is the father of the zombie film, and an unquestioned genius of the genre. His last two movies fell a little flat, but are still better than 90% of the horror garbage out there today. But he’s not working on anything right now, and he’s got a fairly decent reason for it.
In an interview with Big Issue recently, he was asked about the subject, and had this to say:
Once they bleed out of pop culture I’ll be able to go back and do them again. I don’t want to touch them now. Gosh, they are all over the place. The Walking Dead is the number one television series in the States, World War Z, games, commercials… Ugh! It’s too much!
He was asked to direct a few episodes of The Walking Dead, but explains in the interview why he refused:
They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it. Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.
So because pop culture is over saturated with zombies at the moment, he will go back to work on zombie movies when the fervor has calmed down. For now, he doesn’t want to be just another face in the crowd, which I can respect.
If you’ve got a Romero jones though – which I basically always do – he’s writing a 5 part comic book miniseries for Marvel called Empire of the Dead. I’ll definitely be picking up each issue as they start coming out in January.