It’s starting to seem that not only is the film world obsessed with making movies about the Beatles, but the Fab Four are becoming their own movie subgenre, as they are are now getting a crossover into zombie territory. Deadline reports that a production company called Double Features has optioned Alan Goldsher’s novel Paul IS Undead for a the big screen.
The book reimagines the story of the Fab Four and tell it as an oral history of how a group of zombies took over the music world. In its world, John Lennon was an undead guitarist in Liverpool, who killed and reanimated Paul McCartney, and then did the same with Harrison and Starr. As the Beatles they have huge hits but also create bloody mayhem across the world, and must eventually face their arch-nemesis, top zombie hunter Mick Jagger.
Although purists will be furious, it’s an interesting idea, and zombie mash-ups are hot at the moment, with Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov producing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Natalie Portman signed up for a film version of Pride and Pejudice and Zombies.
However this isn’t the only Beatles film in the works. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is planning a movie based on Richard DiLello’s memoir, The Longest Cocktail Party, which charts the final years of the Fab Four, and the rise and fall of their company, Apple, through the eyes of someone who was there.
The BBC reports that Gallagher’s 1 Productions is work with Revolution Films to try and make the movie a reality. With Oasis having spent much of their career aping the Beatles style, it’s little wonder Liam wants to make a Beatles movies, with the main question being whether it’ll arrive before we’re all Beatle-d out.