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Todd Strauss-Schulson to Direct Channing Tatum’s ‘Zombie

Todd Strauss-Schulson Channing Tatum

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Todd Strauss-Schulson, the director of “Isn’t It Romantic” and “Final Girls,” is in negotiations to direct “Zombie Brother” at STXfilms and Tencent Pictures, STXfilms chairman of the movement image group Adam Fogelson and Edward Cheng of Tencent introduced Monday.

Channing Tatum is producing the live-action movie adaptation of “Zombie Brother,” which relies on a sequence of digital comics and anime shorts from Tencent. The plot for the movie remains to be underneath wraps, however the Chinese comedian sequence includes a younger man attempting to flee from a metropolis along with his girlfriend after a virus outbreak. Alex Rubens wrote the screenplay with contributions by Ryan Engle.

Since 2011, the digital comedian e-book has earned greater than 24 billion views over 241 episodes, and its animated sequence has attracted greater than 3.7 billion views throughout its first two seasons. The franchise has additionally been tailored right into a stage play, which had a record-breaking run of sold-out exhibits throughout the area.

“Zombie Brother” shall be co-produced by Tencent Pictures, STXfilms and Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan’s Free Association. STXfilms may even distribute the movie in North America, whereas Tencent Pictures will distribute in China. Tatum, Carolin, Kiernan and Michael Parets are producing for Free Association. Edward Cheng and Howard Chen are the chief producers, with Conor Zorn serving as producer for Tencent Pictures. Sam Brown is overseeing the movie for the studio together with Drew Simon.

“Todd is the perfect choice for ‘Zombie Brother.’ His films thrive with a heart, energy, comic pace and visual inventiveness all their own,” Fogelson mentioned in an announcement.

Tatum’s take of “Zombie Brother” dates again to 2017 when Free Association joined Tencent on the undertaking. STX got here aboard to co-produce the movie in May 2018.

“Strauss-Schulson” final directed Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth within the send-up of the romantic comedy style movie “Isn’t It Romantic,” which made $48.7 million on the home field workplace following its launch in February this yr. He’s additionally directed “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” and the horror comedy “Final Girls.”

Strauss-Schulson is represented by William Morris Entertainment and three Arts Entertainment. Free Association is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.

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