Double Take recently launched ten new comic book series set in the world of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. One of my favorite stories of the first wave, Jeff McComsey's Z-Men, follows a pair of Secret Service agents sent to Evans County to investigate the escalating chaos, and it's now been announced that Lionsgate and Double Take are teaming up for a feature film adaptation of McComsey's "Nervous in the Service" series.
Press Release: SANTA MONICA, CA and NEW YORK, NY, October 13, 2015 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with comic book publisher Double Take (2T), a subsidiary of leading video game developer and publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), for the film adaptation of the graphic novel Z-Men, the two companies announced today.
Written by preeminent zombie creator Jeff McComsey, Z-Men is the flagship title in Double Take’s recently launched universe surrounding the classic horror franchise Night of the Living Dead.
“We’re delighted to expand our relationship with our friends at Take-Two by partnering with their comic book arm, Double Take, in bringing Z-Men to the big screen,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. “We continue to diversify our portfolio with films adapted from novels, video games and board games and look forward to translating 2T’s graphic novel into a spine-chilling film for moviegoers and comic book fans alike. It is yet another example of the strong underlying intellectual property on which our film and television content is based.”
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Lionsgate, who has the right team to bring to life on screen what Double Take brings to life in comics,” said Double Take General Manager Bill Jemas. “We look forward to seeing Lionsgate’s creativity transform the Z-Men story into an exciting feature film, and everyone on the Double Take team is incredibly enthused at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The deal was orchestrated by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President of Business & Legal Affairs Patricia Laucella.
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