The long-delayed zombie thriller ‘Patient Zero’ may finally be released… just not theatrically. Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (‘Cold Hell’, ‘The Counterfeiters’, *NSYNC’s ‘Tearin’ Up My Heart’ music video) and starring former ‘Doctor Who‘ Matt Smith with Stanley Tucci and Natalie Dormer, ‘Patient Zero’ was originally completed in 2015– with the cast and crew appearing at San Diego Comic-Con to promote it– and scheduled for theatrical release in September 2016, before being pushed back to February 2017. It still hasn’t arrived. But Sony/Screen Gems appears to have quietly decided to release the film straight to DVD and Blu-Ray on October 23, 2018, as it has popped up on Amazon and Blu-ray.com. Though it’s not confirmed, it will likely be released on VOD at the same time.
Here is the movie’s description:
“An unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority
of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected.’ One
victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected,
leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.”
As Ruzowitzky said last year:
“The great days of zombies are a little bit over. It’s time for something new. They have a lot of energy, they’re fast, they’re good-looking. Not those walking vegetables.”
He also stated that he chose to refer to his creatures as “the infected” because that was “much sexier” than “undead.” (I don’t know about you, but “infected” and “sexy” don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand to me.)
‘Patient Zero’ also stars Agyness Deyn (‘Hard Sun’), John Bradley (‘Game of Thrones’), Colin McFarlane (‘The Dark Knight’ movies) and Clive Standen (‘Taken’ the TV series).
There really has never been a reason to explain the delay in the release of this movie. It’s possible that it just isn’t very good. Or it could simply be a mid-range movie that Sony didn’t think would be a big enough hit to justify marketing for a theatrical release. But you can make up your own mind, when it finally sees release this fall.
Source: Bloody Disgusting