Disney is developing zombie horror pic “Thrilla” with director Hype Williams (“Belly”).
Set in Jamaica, where a group of twentysomethings unwittingly awaken a gaggle of zombies and must fight for their lives, script comes from Williams and will be the studio’s first all-digital feature release. It will also be shot in 3D, with Stan Winston Studio special effects creature master Mark “Crash” McCreery designing the zombies.
Independent producer Gavin Polone (“Panic Room”) will produce the pic via his Pariah shingle, and Pariah exec Jessika Borsiczky is also expected to produce in some capacity. Jonathan Frank serves as the Pariah creative exec on the film.
“Filmmakers and studios are always trying to come up with new ways of grabbing an audience that’s already bombarded with sophisticated visual effects,” Borsiczky said. “This very evolved digital 3-D and the terrifyingly realistic designs for the zombies (Williams) has created will change the entire horror film experience.”
Buena Vista Motion Picture Group prexy Nina Jacobson is overseeing its development with director of development Jill Morris.
Williams’ Naa’ila Entertainment recently partnered with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free shingle to develop feature films, and also pacted with NBC Studios to develop television programming for the fall 2004 season.
Living up to his sobriquet, Williams hyped the pic as “an event level experience that will take us into the next era of filmmaking, visually as well as in how (a) story is told.”