ANIMAL PLANET OPTIONS THE OTHER DEAD
Zombies! Zombies! Everywhere! There's been a rise in undead activity in all mediums over the past few years and just about everyone is getting into it. Now Animal Planet is developing a zombie series. Wait. What? That's right, folks. The cable network that brings you the Puppy Bowl every year has optioned the rights to The Other Dead from IDW Publishing.
The Other Dead from creators Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch was a fun mini-series about a voodoo curse that turned animals into undead killing machines. The big difference between this and other zombie stories was that this one was confined only to the animal kingdom. It never spread to humans. It also had President Obama as a recurring character on the frontlines kicking ass in Louisiana. There's talk of a sequel series as well, though nothing official has been announced.
"The entire creative team could not be more excited about this partnership, and the timing for The Other Dead series could not be more perfect," says Ortega. "Zombie animal meets Animal Planet? Sounds like we have some serious undead fun ahead of us."
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"Our stylistic and creative ambitions as a network happily found their echo in the pages of The Other Dead, says Kurt Tondorf, vice president of development at Animal Planet. "We're rabid about bringing Josh and Digger's bold, wry and unrelenting vision to life."
"This is an intriguing choice for Animal Planet as the network further branches out into different, dynamic genres," says Rick Holzman, executive vice president and general manager of Animal Planet.
Animal Planet is currently aiming to premiere The Other Dead in the first quarter of 2016.
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