Avatar Press sent us a press release last night telling us that Extinction Parade, the comic from Max Brooks that puts a new spin on the zombie genre by adding vampires, while simultaneously putting a new spin on the vampire genre by adding zombies, has been optioned for television by Legendary Entertainment. Brooks, of course, is known for his "realistic" zombie properties like The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, as well as for being the son of Mel Brooks. The Walking Dead has a spinoff show in the works too, joining a recently announced SyFy series called Z Nation, so it looks like we could be facing a veritable zombie apocalypse of zombie apocalypse shows over the next few years.
More importantly, however, Avatar Press sent us a press release. We've been trying to get them to send us review copies for a while but they ignore our emails, probably because they have Bleeding Cool, which they own, at their disposal. What does this change in "aknowledging the existing of The Outhouse" mean? Is Avatar growing bored with Rich Johnston and looking for a new website to buy? Avatar, we want you to know that Uncle Rich is our friend, and we would never have an affair with you behind his back. Understood?
*slips Avatar The Outhouse's hotel key*
Now, here's the press release:
Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade Optioned by Legendary for an Original Television Series
April 23, 2014 - Max Brooks and Avatar Press have announced Legendary Television and Digital optioned the New York Times Bestselling Author Brooks’ Extinction Parade as an original property for development as a new television series. Brooks is closely tied to the development of the project and will be writing the Pilot episode.
“I only brought the idea to one company, Legendary, because they do the kind of quality work of which any writer would be proud." stated Brooks. “Max Brooks is a visionary with an incredible ability to tell stories that deliver a fresh approach to the horrors that haunt our nightmares. His work on Extinction Parade has been a stunningly rich tapestry of cultures in decline and a biting indictment of the perils of privilege. It will make the perfect television series to appeal to fans who have until now settled for thinly veiled soap operas parading as horror,” said William Christensen, Publisher of Avatar Press.
Legendary is the studio behind recent blockbuster film 300: Rise of an Empire and the upcoming release of Godzilla this spring. Their slate of film projects has firmly targeted the pop culture and comic book reading community and provided some of the best blockbuster genre movies ever created. They bring the ideal approach to adapting a hit property like Extinction Parade into a successful television series.
Brooks is known for his meticulously researched zombie fiction and is the author of the bestselling novels World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide. Recently World War Z was adapted into one of the biggest theatrical horror releases of 2013 and now Extinction Parade is set to follow suit as an upcoming television series.
“While the comic series from Avatar continues, I am thrilled to be working with Legendary to develop Extinction Parade into an innovative new series for television,” stated Brooks.
As these two fan favorite undead species prepare to make their television debut under the direction of Brooks’ definitive vision joining programs like The Walking Dead and Hannibal as the best horror on television, the first chapter of the Extinction Parade graphic novel series is set to premiere this coming July. The trade paperback collection offers a unique opportunity to step into the world of zombies vs vampires and experience a terrifying new chapter in horror.
Extinction Parade, a softcover graphic novel with color interiors is available for preorder from your favorite comic book retailer, Amazon, and B&N, 6.5″ x 9.5″, 160 pages is on sale 7/1/14. – ISBN 978-1-59291-234-6 $19.99 (US)