The mind boggles! If only it were true. The Asylum, producers of the schlocky Syfy hit Sharknado have been tapped to take on a new 13 part series called Z-Nation that takes place three years after the onset of the zombie apocalypse. Although these filmmakers will be bringing their unique film making talents to the project, fortunately or unfortunately there will likely be no tornadoes filled with zombies.
Here’s the recap:
Well into the apocalypse, a rag tag team of everyday heroes is tasked to transport the last survivor of a viral plague from New York to California, where the last functioning lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the group embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.
Syfy SVP Chris Regina:
Z Nation is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre. Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph. Our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies.
In all honesty, the thought of a tornado delivering zombies is a really fun but entirely ridiculous idea (although no more ridiculous than a tornado delivering sharks), I am most worried about The Asylum’s track record. Yes, these are the people who produce many of those low-budget knock-off flicks colloquially called mockbusters: essentially movies with a similar premise and title to an existing Hollywood flick (generally to capitalize on the actual blockbuster). For example Hollywood made Pompeii, The Asylum made Apocalypse Pompeii. Hollywood produced Pacific Rim, The Asylum produced Atlantic Rim. And they don’t even need to be blockbusters to get”mockbusted,” as is evidenced by their Snakes on a Train. That’s right. A train. And no motherf*ing Samuel L. Jackson.
I guess we’ll have to wait for the series premiere this fall to give it a fair judgement. But it does have some pretty big shoes to fill.