Fans of director George A. Romero’s zombie movies may have thought the franchise was truly dead and buried. Well in a surprise development it seems the Master of Horror is about to take the likes of The Walking Dead to task, as Demarest Films announce Empire Of The Dead.
Adapted for TV from the Marvel comic book, the scenario throws an extra monster-shaped treat into the mix, via the introduction of vampires. With humanity sealed inside a post-zompocalypse New York, it was only a matter of time before the rotters (quite literally!) got in, and once the bloodsuckers get wind their food supply is under threat… all hell breaks loose!
Romero’s cinematic saga of the undead notoriously commenced with Night Of The Living Dead in 1968. It’s spawned seven films to date, the most recent of which was the poorly-received, Irish-infused Survival Of The Dead in 2009. He’ll »
- Steve Palace
We’re undoubtedly in the golden age of the comic book TV show, with everything from The Walking Dead to Daredevil - via The Flash, Lucifer, Powers and many more – now making the leap from the page to the screen.
The latest comic to be announced for small screen treatment is an interesting one to choose – George A. Romero’s Empire Of The Dead. The 15-issue run was entirely written by horror icon Romero, with illustrations by Alex Maleev, Dalibor Talajic and Andrea Mutti.
The comic – published by Marvel Comics – only came out last year, but Demarest Films (Tusk, A Most Wanted Man) have been quick to pick up the rights. Romero is believed to be writing the television version, with help from Peter Grunwald (a producer of Romero’s Land Of The Dead, »
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- Peter Martin
The most recent Transformers movie made more than $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office last summer, in spite of harsh reviews.
George A. Romero's 15-issue, limited comic book series, Empire of the Dead, is being developed for TV according to Variety. Published in 2014, it is Romero's second comic book after a 2004 collaboration with DC Comics. Split into three, 5-issue Acts, the third act will conclude the story this August. Romero will team with Peter Grunwald to executive producer and write the series. Demarest's Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson will also serve as executive producers. Empire of the Dead is an in-continuity continuation of Romero's zombie film franchise and follows the remnants of humanity emerging from the tail-end of the zombie plague only to now be confronted by vampires. A few years back, Romero famously called The Walking Dead "a soap opera with a zombie occasionally." If you're of a similar sentiment, perhaps you'll be eagerly awaiting to see what Romero produces? Empire Of The Dead #1 Synopsis: Zombie Godfather George Romero »
Another zombie series may soon be joining "The Walking Dead" and "iZombie" on the small-screen. George A. Romero is developing an adaptation of his Marvel Comics series "Empire of the Dead" for TV, according to Variety. The 15-issue graphic novel will be adapted by Romero alongside Peter Grunwald, who first worked with Romero as a producer on his 1988 film "Monkey Shines" and later produced three entries in his "Dead" film series. The announcement was made by producer Demarest at the Cannes Film Festival. "Empire of the Dead" will release its final issue in August. The series, which also features vampires in the mix, was split into three five-issue acts. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Following its work on A Most Wanted Man and Tusk with Kevin Smith, Demarest is set to make the move into the über-competitive market of television drama, dragging George A. Romero’s acclaimed graphic novel Empire of the Dead along with it.
First picked up by Variety, we understand that the adaptation is still in its embryonic form. How and ever, with Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson on board as executive producers, the wheels are beginning to ache into motion.
“Demarest is thrilled to bring more of George’s unique vision to screens everywhere, because he’s truly the one who started it all. I am also particularly pleased to be collaborating with George and Peter again, following our success with Diary of the Dead.”
It’s true that the small screen hasn’t exactly been wanting for big-budget zombie shows of late, what with AMC’s lucrative The Walking Dead »
- Michael Briers
As you already know, Paramount is embarking on expanding their "Transformers" franchise into a shared universe of movies, with Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") tasked with overseeing and hiring the brain trust of scribes to bring this all to life. And the intentions are made very clear by the names have been signed up to further the adventures of Autobots and Decepticons. Deadline reports that Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ("Iron Man," "Punisher: War Zone"), Zak Penn ("X2," "Elektra," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Avengers") and Jeff Pinkner ("Lost," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") are being inked as the initial quartet of writers for Transformers-verse, with more to come. And their credits say it all, with Goldsman and Paramount clearly not messing around, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While the world of blockbuster filmmaking is decidedly overrun with CG, the art of special effects is not dead. Mad Max: Fury Road and AMC’s The Walking Dead prove that the artform lives on, though maybe not as strongly as it once did. Indeed, there once was a time before Avatar and performance-capture technology when Hollywood relied on a different kind of artist to bring magic to the big screen: the makeup artist. One of the most well-known and renowned makeup artists of our time is one Rick Baker, who pioneered the field with his work on An American Werewolf in London and continues to work wonders to this day on films like Men in Black 3 and Maleficent. And now you can own a piece of movie history crafted by Baker himself. An auction will be held live at the Universal Sheraton on May 29th with over 400 lots of materials created by Baker. »
- Adam Chitwood
It was recently announced that Paramount Pictures, as well as Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman to head a "writers room" in charge of developing "Transformers" sequels and spin-offs. Deadline is now reporting on who is part of this "writers room" and they are some of the biggest names in sci-fi. The list includes Robert Kirkman ("Walking Dead" creator), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), and Jeff Pinkner (Amazing Spider-Man 2, "Lost"). More writers are expected to be added. The "Transformers" franchise is a top priority for Paramount. The last two installments broke the $1 billion mark at box office. »
As much as the whole idea sounds like an oxymoron, it appears Paramount's plans for a 'brain trust' of writers to steer the "Transformers" franchise has come to fruition.
Not long ago came word that Paramount intends to expand their mega-selling "Transformers" series with not just further direct sequels but interconnected spin-offs as well.
To do this, the likes of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura would lend their support to a team of writers who would come up with story ideas for that film series. Said team would be lead by producer/writer Akiva Goldsman.
Today comes word on who will be a part of that team with five names you'll probably be familiar with - "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, "Pacific Rim" and "The Incredible Hulk" scribe Zak Penn," "Fringe" and "Lost" writer/exec producer Jeff Pinker, and "Iron Man" scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway »
- Garth Franklin
Back in March, Paramount announced its plans to form a Transformers shared movie universe using both direct sequels and spin-offs. Producer Akiva Goldsman will head up a “brain trust” to wrangle the various creative threads of each installment, and now he’s found his team.
According to Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim writer Zak Penn and Lost‘s Jeff Pinkner have been brought on board to pen the scripts for the upcoming films. The report cites them as “Goldman’s four-team roster,” which could indicate that they’ve been brought on to work on separate projects.
Now that the brain trust has been assembled, we can expect more news about what films they’ll work on in the near future. As of right now, all we know for sure is that Paramount hopes to have Transformers 5 in »
- James Garcia
It was back in March that we learned Paramount was to look beyond making mere sequels to Transformers movies, in favour of going down a broader cinematic universe route. Thus, whilst a follow-up to Transformers: Age Of Extinction is still very much on the cards, the idea is also to explore spin-off features. You never know, we could end up with at least a Transformers film a year if this all goes to plan. That'll go down well.
Anyway, there's been progress. Paramount has assembled a team of writers to bring its Transformers plan to life. We already knew that Akiva Goldsman had signed up to create writer's room for the Transformers cinematic universe, and now we know the identity of five of the writers to sit in it.
Paramount isn’t messing around with plans to evolve its mega-grossing Transformers franchise into an expansive cinematic universe. Today brings news that I, Robot scribe Akiva Goldsman, previously tasked by Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura with assembling a writer’s room to pitch ideas for Transformers spinoffs and a multi-part sequel, has finalized his brain trust – and it’s a pretty stunning lineup.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2 and The Incredible Hulk‘s Zak Penn, and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) have all been recruited as four separate, creative teams that will work to transform Transformers from one franchise into a rich, diverse universe of films. Goldsman, who has known Bay since their college days, worked tirelessly to bring all these sci-fi heavy hitters into the fold, and though the ink isn’t yet dry on their deals, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount and the powers behind the Transformers films have finalized the writers' room for the franchise's forthcoming slew of sequels and spinoffs, Deadline reports. Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman roughly two months ago to ramp up more robots-in-disguise-fighting-robots-in-disguise movie ideas and to attract personnel. Here's the projected team thus far (and movies that they definitely aren't making): Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (robots vs. zombies, please); Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (robots vs. robots, maybe); Pacific Rim 2's Zak Penn (robots vs. kaiju, please); and Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner (robots vs. spiders, please). More scribes will reportedly be added, so get ready to spend all of your future paychecks on endless movies about robots and things they may or may not want to blow up. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
So that's what the Transformers writer's room is going to look like, eh? While I don't tally the worth of a writer based on how many news stories they break, I will admit that I was deeply irritated when the story was first written about the notion of Akiva Goldsman spearheading a team of writers to develop "Transformers" sequels. I'd been tipped about it a few weeks earlier, and I was trying to get a second source I trusted, either at the studio or on the agency side of things. I pushed, and while I was sure the story was right, I couldn't run it. Excruciating. Part of my hesitance was that I didn't want to be wrong on a story like that because it's a threat more than anything. Goldsman and Bay breaking story together? Holy cow. Now Deadline's got a list of names they say are the final hires, »
- Drew McWeeny
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The assertion was one of the highlights of a public conversation Weiner had with A.M. Holmes (The L Word) at the New York Public Library on Wednesday evening, »
In case you forgot, that Transformers cinematic universe is still happening, and that means we're going to need someone (or many someones) to bring it all together. Today it was announced the "Transformers brain trust" -- Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura -- has hired the writers behind their forthcoming line-up of spin-offs and sequels. Said writers include "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2), Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) all agreeing to keep the Autobots and Decepticons crashing and smashing in theaters for the next however-many years. The deals are extremely recent, according to reports, so all that's known is their upcoming involvement with these new franchise builders. It's not clear what and which movies these writers will pen but they all join Akiva Goldsman, who has been on board since March, serving as »
- Will Ashton
Akiva Goldsman is stocking Paramount’s planned “Transformers” universe with top writing talent, TheWrap has learned, after the studio tasked the Oscar winner with fleshing out a franchise blueprint akin to Marvel Studios’ and Fox’s planned “Avatar” sequels. Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead” comic book series, “Iron Man” screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, Jeff Pinkner of ‘”The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and Zak Penn, who wrote the script for 2017’s “Pacific Rim 2,” are close to deals, according to an individual close to the talks. The gig will see the respective writers dreaming up new adventures for Optimus Prime & Co. »
- Matt Donnelly
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