Clive Barker is writing (rewriting, actually) a zombie film set in ancient Rome. That's all we really need to know to get excited about his upcoming project with a really goofy name, Zombies vs. Gladiators. It's being described as an action-horror flick, developed by the new audience feedback friendly Amazon Studios (of Amazon.com fame). THR shared the synopsis earlier today:
"Set in ancient Rome, the Zombies vs. Gladiators story begins when a shaman who is about to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that unleashes the world’s first zombies. It’s up to a gladiator to stop the spread of the zombie horde and save Rome."
Barker shared his thoughts on the upcoming film, stating his aim is to "give the audience not only zombies they have never seen before but also a Rome they have never seen before." We hope that means Barker's Rome will be a bacchanalian orgy of bloodshed, political backstabbing, and sex. The Hellraiser scribe continued, saying he was "excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads. One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element — the living dead."
Barker-written tales have been more successful when the author has also directed (Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions), but we're willing to give this one a shot since we're such big fans. No filmmaker has been attached to the project at this time. What are your hopes and fears for Barker's new undead tale?