Even with the ratings of ‘The Walking Dead‘ not being what they once were, zombies are hot and AMC has just picked up the rights to a new film featuring the undead with ‘Blood Quantum.’ The movie is by XYZ Films and will be distributed through the studio’s horror streaming Service Shudder in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Written and directed by Jeff Barnaby, the film stars Michael Greyeyes (‘Fear The Walking Dead‘), Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (‘On the Farm’), and Forrest Goodluck (‘The Revenant’). Joining Barnaby behind the camera will be producers John Christou for Prospector Films and Rob Vroom with Madrona Drive and XYZ Films executive producing.
The story goes that “the dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its indigenous inhabitants who are immune to the zombie plague. Amid the chaos, a tribal sheriff must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and reserve riff-raff from the hordes of walking white corpses.”
According to Barnaby, when it comes to the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow which he is part of:
“Natives have been on screen for 100 years but have never controlled that image. In the age of representation, Shudder is putting their money where their mouth is and providing an opportunity for a whole new generation of indigenous genre filmmakers. They’re breaking that glass ceiling and opening the books on a whole new perspective. They’re making a genuine difference.”
Emily Gotto of Shudder went on to say that:
“We are thrilled to bring Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum to Shudder. Jeff and his bold vision are at the forefront of Shudder’s ethos of original, provocative and stirring genre stories. The film is a new, first nations perspective on a classic genre, a film that takes zombies in a new direction as it harkens back to the meaningful and politically aware roots of George Romero.”
Fans of the undead might have something special on their hands here with a movie that could have called back to the style of filmmaking Romero was known for.
Are you eager to check out ‘Blood Quantum’? Will you be watching it on Shudder or waiting for it to appear somewhere else down the line? Share your thoughts in the comments below!