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Gunpowder & Sky, the youth-focused studio launched by ex-Viacom exec Van Toffler in January, has signed an exclusive deal for a film adaptation of “Eat, Brains, Love,” a comedic zombie road-trip novel by Jeff Hart.
G&S, backed by At&T and Chernin Group’s Otter Media, is working on the project with Diga, an independent production studio founded by former MTV executive Tony Disanto, and author James Frey’s Full Fathom Five media and production firm.
The project reunites Toffler and Disanto, whose productions at MTV included “Jersey Shore,” “Scream,” “Teen Wolf” and “My Super Psycho Sweet 16.” The companies said they are in talks with potential screenwriters for “Eat, Brains, Love.”
“Eat, Brains, Love” — the title is a play on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling novel “Eat, Pray, Love” — is the story of a pair of high-school sweethearts who contract a mysterious zombie virus and devour the brains of half their senior class. »
- Todd Spangler
Gunpowder & Sky (G&S), the digital-first studio founded by former MTV executive Van Toffler, has announced its first project since launching in January: a film adaptation of Eat, Brains, Love -- the zombie road trip novel by Jeff Hart.
G&S will team with independent production studio Diga and digital book publisher Full Fathom Five -- which also creates television shows, films, and video games -- on the forthcoming film. Diga was founded by Tony Disanto, whom Toffler calls his “former work wife and Jersey Shore co-production partner,” while Full Fathom Five is the brainchild of novelist James Frey.
“It’s got everything you need from a movie,” said Disanto in a statement, “high school insanity, zombie sex, action, zombie sex (again) and over the top violence.” Disanto and Toffler also previously produced several teen-oriented horror projects together at MTV including Teen Wolf, Scream, and My Super Psycho Sweet 16. »
- Geoff Weiss
Not many filmmakers can turn heads with a single release, but Jacob Gentry earned his must-watch potential after striking gold with 2007’s The Signal (a shared effort with David Bruckner and Dan Bush). All eyes were on what Gentry would do next, which ended up being a three-part slasher franchise on MTV known as My Super Psycho Sweet 16 – which, admittedly, weren’t the worst. But his televised splatterfests didn’t showcase Gentry’s full potential, which makes Synchronicity all that much sweeter a return for the ambitious indie auteur. Once again Gentry explodes with genre vibrancy (Sci-fi this time), as we’re transported to a metallic future that’s molded into an engrossing cinematic universe. Gentry does more than make movies, he builds entire worlds. It’s immersion in the fullest form.
Chad McKnight stars as Jim Beale, a physicist who is on the verge of mastering time-travel. Aided by his laboratory associates, »
- Matt Donato
When 2007’s The Signal first hit audiences, it did a hell of a job showing a small glimpse of the capabilities of the film’s trio of writer/directors, David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry. Each director’s segment felt completely different from the previous director’s, and there was a sense of promise that you felt upon watching the film, one that made you know each of the three filmmakers would go onto promising futures in storytelling. Bruckner went on to direct the best segment of the first V/H/S film and is now set to helm the latest Friday The 13th, while Bush directed one of the most memorable films of this year, the sci-fi grounded in reality film The Reconstruction Of William Zero (review). Gentry, following The Signal, focused on solid short films, and the made for MTV slasher series of films, My Super Psycho Sweet 16. »
- Jerry Smith
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