The studio will partner with Double Take, a subsidiary of videogame developer and publisher Take-Two Interactive Software. Written by Jeff McComsey, “Z-Men,” centering on a pair of government agents dealing with a zombie apocalypse, is the flagship title in Double Take’s recently launched universe based on George Romero’s iconic 1968 horror film “Night of the Living Dead.”
“We’re delighted to expand our relationship with our friends at Take-Two by partnering with their comic book arm, Double Take, in bringing ‘Z-Men’ to the big screen,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.
“We continue to diversify our portfolio with films adapted from novels, video games and board games and look forward to translating 2T’s graphic novel into a spine-chilling film for moviegoers and comic book fans alike. It is yet another example of the strong underlying intellectual property on which our film and television content is based.”
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Lionsgate, who has the right team to bring to life on screen what Double Take brings to life in comics,” said Double Take General Manager Bill Jemas. “We look forward to seeing Lionsgate’s creativity transform the ‘Z-Men’ story into an exciting feature film, and everyone on the Double Take team is incredibly enthused at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
It’s the second project that Lionsgate has launched with Take-Two. The studio announced in August that it was developing a tentpole based on the videogame “Borderlands” with Avi and Ari Arad producing.
Double Take Comics recently launched 10 ongoing series, all set in the town in “Night of the Living Dead.”
The deal for “Z-Men” was orchestrated by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President of Business and Legal Affairs Patricia Laucella.