It's been many years since we last heard any word on GOAL OF THE DEAD, a zombie-themed soccer (or football for our readers outside of North America) comedy-horror from Thierry Poiraud and THE HORDE helmer Benjamin Rocher, with our initial and only report coming way back in September of 2010! In the three-and-a-half years since that story the film has been completed and now Variety is reporting that Films Distribution has enlisted a flurry of buyers for the flick.
Among the buyers for GOAL OF THE DEAD are Metrodome (U.K.), Core Media Group (Germany), Korea (Line Tree), Hong Kong (Sundream), Turkey (Bir Film), Belgium (Cineart), as well as the Netherlands and Austria.It was previously acquired by Nikkatsu for Japan. No word yet as to North American distribution, but that news should be coming soon.
The two-part film centers around a French Olympic football team who visits a small village in Northern France to play a crucial game in the run-up to the World Cup. But as the Apocalypse looms, an epidemic quickly spreads and transforms the players, spectators and inhabitants into strange and enraged creatures.
Films Distribution co-founder Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said international distributors are aiming for a day-and-date release in theaters and on VOD in time for the soccer World Cup in June. In France, where the release window schedule is the strictest, the film will roll out first in theaters and then become available on VOD for the world cup kick-off. Lastly, it will be released on DVD and air on pay TV in December.
We'll keep you posted on news regarding GOAL OF THE DEAD. Hopefully we'll be hearing word on a North American release soon.