Acclaimed artist, author and Hellraiser creator Clive Barker has signed on to rewrite ZvG: Zombies Vs. Gladiators for Amazon Studios. ZvG, the story of a gladiator who must stop the spread of a zombie horde and save Rome from a shaman’s curse, is one of the most buzzed-about projects on the Amazon Studios Movie Development Slate.
“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.”
Said Barker, “I’m excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads. One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element – 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.”
Barker added, “Amazon Studios offered up the dream ticket with this project. In twenty five years of working in this town, I’ve rarely had people listen to what I had to say as closely and as carefully as they did and then simply give me the freedom to go do it. Amazon Studios is an innovative creative concept. I am looking forward to providing my own perspective to make Zombies vs. Gladiators a highly commercial and entertaining movie.”
Gods and Monsters, which Barker executive-produced, garnered three Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 1987, he directed Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, which became a cult classic spawning a slew of sequels, several lines of comic books, and an array of merchandising. He also adapted and directed Nightbreed (from his short story Cabal) and executive produced Candyman and Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh. See more about Barker’s movies.
Barker’s range and vision extend from poetry to painting to the pages of beloved literary works, including Weaveworld, Imajica, and the children’s books The Thief of Always and Abarat.