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Zombie football movie Play Dead might be a better idea than it sounds

10.28.2010

Alright, I'm just about to file zombies right next to vampires in my "things pop culture is overdosing on list" and here's one more project to heap onto the fire. It's called PLAY DEAD, and based on a novel focusing on zombie football players.

I'm tempted to write it off as pure idiocy, but there's something about that image above that reminds me of Mutant League Football for the Sega Genesis, and that gets me thinking what that might look like in film form.

Here's a recap of the plot of the Ryan Brown novel that's going to be adapted for the screen by Joe Schreiber:

Two cultural obsessions collide head-on in this fast-paced, thrilling, and terribly funny debut by former actor Ryan Brown. In the sleepy town of Killington, Tex., the local high school’s football team is having its best season in decades thanks to the efforts of quarterback Cole Logan.

Afraid of losing the district championship, the rival Elmwood team sends the Killington bus into a river, drowning everyone on the team except Cole and the coach. Only local witch and football fan Black Mona can raise the players from the dead in time for the game, but if they keep stopping to eat people, they might miss it. Brown handily mixes elements of horror, coming-of-age sweetness, and gore-soaked comedy into a tale that satisfies the same fascination with sports and bloodlust that it cleverly and thoughtfully critiques.

OK, you have to admit, that's stupid, but in a kind of hilarious way. Zombie comedies (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, ZOMBIELAND) have gone well so far, and to get them playing football? It just might be worth watching.

Extra Tidbit: Actually, someone should just make a Mutant League Football movie.
Source: Variety

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11:42PM on 10/28/2010
Sounds fun and there can never be too much zombie entertainment.
Sounds fun and there can never be too much zombie entertainment.
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8:44PM on 10/28/2010
I guess I shouldn't be too surprised after having seen Fido... I mean, c'mon, if you can have domesticated zombies, why not sporty ones?
I guess I shouldn't be too surprised after having seen Fido... I mean, c'mon, if you can have domesticated zombies, why not sporty ones?
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5:51PM on 10/28/2010
Putting the movie aside, I still can't pick up this book. I love zombies, I love football, but I don't get this. It just seems like it will be bad.
Putting the movie aside, I still can't pick up this book. I love zombies, I love football, but I don't get this. It just seems like it will be bad.
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4:32PM on 10/28/2010
I would actually prefer John Saul's Creature be made instead.
I would actually prefer John Saul's Creature be made instead.
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2:00PM on 10/28/2010

We're too quick to judge nowadays. Myself included.

Not familiar with the novel from Brown, but Joe Schreiber is a good writer, and I'd like to think he'll adapt the novel well and help make this enjoyable. Also, I'm glad Hollywood is overdoing the genre. More pitches = more strikes, but the possibility for more homeruns too.
Not familiar with the novel from Brown, but Joe Schreiber is a good writer, and I'd like to think he'll adapt the novel well and help make this enjoyable. Also, I'm glad Hollywood is overdoing the genre. More pitches = more strikes, but the possibility for more homeruns too.
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1:22PM on 10/28/2010
I agree on the mutant league game. Maybe have it center on a football start who does cryostasis for 100 years and comes out to find his only way he can play football is to join the mutant league. They could have futuristic evironments, creepy freaks, hot babes in latex cheerleader outfits, and plenty of camp. Yeah that would make for a much better movie. As for this one I will see it once it hits the $5 bin at walmart.
I agree on the mutant league game. Maybe have it center on a football start who does cryostasis for 100 years and comes out to find his only way he can play football is to join the mutant league. They could have futuristic evironments, creepy freaks, hot babes in latex cheerleader outfits, and plenty of camp. Yeah that would make for a much better movie. As for this one I will see it once it hits the $5 bin at walmart.
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12:24PM on 10/28/2010

no comment

doesnt deserve more than that
doesnt deserve more than that
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6:49PM on 10/28/2010
Why wouldn't you just NOT COMMENT then? This isn't a press conference. You're not being asked a question or anything. Some people...
Why wouldn't you just NOT COMMENT then? This isn't a press conference. You're not being asked a question or anything. Some people...
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11:37AM on 10/28/2010

If we're talking Sega Genesis movies

Someone needs to make the Streets of Rage film whilst there's still people old enough to remember it.
Someone needs to make the Streets of Rage film whilst there's still people old enough to remember it.
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1:54AM on 10/29/2010
Briana Evigan TOTALLY gets my vote as Blaze.
Briana Evigan TOTALLY gets my vote as Blaze.
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