What happens when you combine the Fab 4 with zombies, zombie hunters and ninjas? You could quite possibly have the makings of the best zombie movie ever. OK, so that might be stretching it a bit but the concept still sounds very cool. The concept must have sounded cool to Double Feature partners Michael Shamberg (Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction) and Stacey Sher as well, because they recently announced the optioning of the Alan Goldsher novel, Paul is Undead.
The story of Paul is Undead, for those unfamiliar with it, tells the revised history of The Beatles with John Lennon as a zombie guitarist living (or not living) in Liverpool, who then kills Paul McCartney and afterwards, reanimates his lifeless corpse. George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr get the same zombie treatment and become the greatest undead band of all time, spreading death and destruction wherever they perform.
Along the way the zombie Beatles are tracked by legendary zombie hunter Mick Jagger, feast upon the brains of loyal fans and have to battle the Eighth Level Ninja Lord, Yoko Ono. No I did not just make that last part up, I swear to you it’s in the book. So there are zombies, ninjas, The Beatles and Mick Jagger as a zombie hunter – sign me up please.
Here is what Sher had to say about Paul is Undead:
I am a huge Beatle's fan like the rest of the world and Alan's mash up, which really showcases his love of music history and his appreciation of the zombie world, is a fun, funny read. The illustrations are fantastic, and how can you not love a book where Jesus agrees with Zombie John Lennon, that the Beatles are in fact bigger than him. We will be going out to studios, financiers, and talent soon.
Paul is Undead is just the latest in the zombie-fication of both historical and literary figures. Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is being made into a movie by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, while Natalie Portman is working with Lionsgate Studios to adapt Grahame-Smith's other famous novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
I know the groaners out there are going to rip this idea for not being very original, but sometimes the “coolness” of the idea is enough to outweigh any originality issues. I mean come on, Yoko Ono as an 8th level Ninja Lord and Mick Jagger as an English Zombie Hunter? I’m thinking that could look all sorts of awesome - but what do I know? I like films made by The Asylum.
What are your thoughts on Paul is Undead being made into a movie, and what other historical figures would you like to see made into flesh-eating zombies? And you can’t say Keith Richards - that’s just too easy.
No release date planned yet for Paul is Undead to rise from the grave.
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