Press: Zombies vs. Gladiators

5 June 2012

Amazon signs Clive Barker for Zombies vs. Gladiators.

The recently-established Amazon Studio, which has 16 feature projects in development, has signed Clive Barker to join its action horror project "Zombies vs. Gladiators" and offer a rewrite.

More than 9,000 movie scripts and 1,000 series pilot scripts have been submitted to the Amazon Studios site since its launch in November 2010, and has sixteen feature projects in development.

Based in ancient Rome, "Zombies vs. Galdiators" opens as a shaman who is about to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that unleashes the world's first zombies - leaving it up to a gladiator to stop the spread of the zombie horde and save the city.

"'Zombies vs. Gladiators' is now in the hands of someone who has written genre-defining material throughout his career," said Roy Price, director, Amazon Studios. "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."

Barker said he plans to interweave the narrative threads of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall along with 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," he added.

A prolfic horror author, Barker broke into Hollywood in 1987 when he directed "Hellraiser," based on his novella "The Hellbound Heart." He adapted and directed "Nightbreed" from his short story Cabal, exec produced "Candyman" and "Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh," directed "Lord of Illusions" and exec produced "Gods and Monsters."

Barker's literary works include "Weaveworld," "Imajica," "Everville," "The Thief of Always," "Sacrament," "Galilee" and "Coldheart Canyon."
He's repped by APA and Zero Gravity Management.

See Variety report - article VR1118055026

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