The Syfy network has just announced their spin on the zombie TV series, with a new project coming out in the Fall of 2014 titled Z Nation. (Which sounds like a twist on the movie title, World War Z.
The press release touts a new approach to telling a zombie apocalypse story and a different way of telling the tale.
I want to get a wee bit ahead of that last statement...
One of THE BEST new innovative ways of telling a story involving zombies came from the 2012 indie book titled "I, Zombie," from Hugh Howey. Here's m'take on the book over on Brusimm.com: I, Zombie book review.
This is one of the most confusing news reports I've ever made regarding a Syfy channel series... but only because of the production company, whose known only for making mostly rip-off movies... with an occasional, sort of, original idea.
You'll see... especially if you've ever seen any of my other word spouts about 'The Asylum.'
via press release
NEW YORK – April 7, 2014 – Syfy today announced Z Nation, a 13-episode zombie series set to debut in the fall. From production company The Asylum (Sharknado), the action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The series, which will air on Syfy, will be produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.
Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. "Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” says Schaefer. The show, he continues, adds “a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse – our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It’ll be an epic journey unlike anything you've seen before.”
In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “Z Nation is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre. Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph. In producing their first ever weekly series, our long-time partners The Asylum have created a different way of telling an iconic story.”
In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.
Z Nation is a dynamic ensemble drama that will plunge viewers into a fully-imagined post-zombie America and take them on an adventure with a diverse group of richly-drawn characters. As the reluctant heroes learn to work as a team and battle ever-more-menacing zombies, their flaws, idiosyncrasies, and moral dilemmas will ultimately become the heart of the show.
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