Bring Out Your Undead: A Peek at Some Upcoming Zombie Films
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So, Disney announced its barrage of sequels, reboots and remakes through 2027, as well as a few new, original films. This is fine, but let's not forget there are at least three zombie projects coming soon.
Yes, while everyone is looking at the big budget movie lists, they may be blissfully unaware that lurking quietly behind them is a new zombie film, a long-time-coming sequel to an undead favorite, a midnight Sundance Festival selection, and a Netflix original.
Here’s a quick peek at some of the undead fun we can look forward to in the near future.
The Dead Don’t Die. Coming to theaters June 14 is Jim Jarmusch’s “zom-com” teaming up Bill Murray and Adam Driver (which should be enough to make it great fun), but also starring a weird ensemble of Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, RZA, Selena Gomez and others in story of a small-town invasion by zombies who still long for not only bits of the living, but bits of their past lives.
Apparently human brain pairs well with a nice Chardinet.
Zombieland 2: Double Tap. On Oct. 11, the tenth anniversary of the premiere of Zombieland, original stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin are living in the White House and still hunting zombies.
There’s no official trailer yet, but there have been other “survivors” added to the cast for this one including Rosario Dawson and Zoey Deutch.
The movie’s IMDB page also hints we may be seeing Bill Murray again (undead, I’m assuming), as well as Dan Aykroyd, but it’s still too early to know the details.
Little Monsters. Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o plays a kindergarten teacher who finds herself teaming up with a children’s show star (Josh Gad) and a struggling musician (Alexander England) to protect her young students from a zombie invasion.
Directed by Abe Forsythe, the movie made its Sundance debut in January as a midnight movie, and Hulu and Neon picked up the rights soon after.
Not to be confused with the 1989 movie, Little Monster, with Howie Mandel and Fred Savage, this is no family film. Be on the lookout for more about this one at a later date.
Army of the Dead. Zack Snyder, whose last big zombie effort was his Dawn of the Dead remake in 2004, brings the undead to Las Vegas as a group of mercenaries try to pull off a huge heist in the mist of a zombie outbreak.
The only major casting for this one so far is Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) so it is likely we won’t see this one until 2020 at the earliest.
If you’re not quite ready to jump into an entirely new era of more Star Wars, or a Marvel Universe without Robert Downey Jr., stock up on your katanas and baseball bats, because the zombies are coming…and they look ready to party.
Header poster images © Netflix, Columbia Pictures and Neon/Hulu.