9 Upcoming Zombie Movies of 2018 & Beyond (Updated)
2017 was a pretty solid year for zombie movies, with The Girl with All the Gifts cementing itself as one of the best of all-time. Now we’re heading into 2018, and it’s time to take a look at the few upcoming zombie movies we have to look forward to.
The zombie movies coming in 2018 sound intriguing, and some of them even have some A-list stars in them. It’s just unfortunate that there are so few new zombie flicks coming next year — at least that we currently know about. But most of what’s coming looks good.
So without further ado, here are the new and upcoming zombie movies of 2018 and beyond:
**Updated 12/11/17: Added Day of the Dead: Bloodline, Rise of the Living Dead, Road of the Dead, and Dead Snow 3
1. Day of the Dead: Bloodline
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Starring: Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, Jeff Gum
Director: Hector Hernandez Vicens
Day of the Dead: Bloodline is based on the characters created by zombie king George A. Romero, and it was announced way back in 2013. We’re not talking about World War Z zombies climbing walls and “doing backflips”, according producers Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman. The zombie film will hit theaters in early January, giving us some zombie goodness to look forward to at the start of the year.
2. Patient Zero
Release Date: TBA 2018
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci
This is one of the most anticipated zombie movies on this list, but unfortunately, it was pulled from the 2017 calendar and pushed into TBD territory. Patient Zero will revolve around a global pandemic that turns the majority of humankind into violent zombies (called “Infected”). The film will follow a man who has been gifted with the ability to speak the zombies’ language, and he will use it to lead the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. We’re definitely looking forward to this one, and as it stands right now, it’s our most anticipated zombie movie of the year.
3. Marilyn: Zombie Hunter
Release Date: TBD
Starring: Fred Williamson, Laurene Landon, Sarah French
Director: Thomas J. Churchill
Marilyn: Zombie Hunter is an interesting film with an interesting D-list cast, including Fred Williamson (Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption, Starsky & Hutch), the spicy Sarah French (Zombie Dollz, American Rescue Squad), and Laurene Landon (Airplane II: The Sequel, Maniac Cop). The film is just what it sounds like: Marilyn Monroe (played by French) in a bloodbath horror film, slaying zombies and looking sexy. It’s going to be filled with plenty of pop culture camp, with the director teasing “think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Kill Bill.” Sold! We are fully expecting Marilyn: Zombie Hunter to be entirely ridiculous, but in a good way.
4. World War Z 2
Release Date: TBD, but allegedly 2019
Starring: Brad Pitt
Director: David Fincher (Rumored)
We don’t know much about the upcoming World War Z sequel, except for its release date and that Brad Pitt will be returning. The original film did not live up to the expectations of many fans of the novel by Max Brooks, and it was received luke warm critically. Still, wWe’re anxiously awaiting more details about World War Z 2, but for now, here’s what we know so far…
5. An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted)
Release Date: TBA 2018
Starring: Naomi Grossman, Yoshua Sudarso, Hemky Madera
An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted), formerly titled simply A Zombie Named Ted, will follow the tale of Ted, a newly minted zombie struggling with his newly found condition. He’s got the “skin thing” while on vacation in the Caribbean, and a never-ending hunger for brains. Zombie Ted inherits his grandfather’s fortune, but he has to wait for him to die before collecting. Meanwhile, he joins group therapy designed to help patients who suffer from paranormal disorders. It sounds incredibly strange.
6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth Movie
Release Date: TBA
Starring: Maisie Williams
We don’t know much about the upcoming Forest of Hands and Teeth movie just yet, as it was just announced. But we do know that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will play the lead role as Mary, and the concept of the book sounds incredible. Rest assured, it is a zombie apocalypse survival film, despite IMDB oddly listing it as a romance movie.
7. Rise of the Living Dead
Release Date: TBA 2019
We don’t have much along the lines of details for the Rise of the Living Dead project, but it’s apparently set in the late 1960s and follows a scientist who makes a deal with the military to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of Mutual Assured Destruction, creating a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days. It’s set right before Night of the Living Dead, and the project is being led by Cameron Romero, the son of George A. Romero. Hopefully, we’ll have more details soon. For now, we just have a description and a movie poster.
8. George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead
Release Date: TBA
Director: Matt Birman
The story is set six years after Land of the Dead, and it takes place on an island on which zombie prisoners race cars in a coliseum to entertain the wealthy. It’s undeniably a ridiculous premise, but it also sounds like a lot of fun. The director is Matt Birman, who describes the upcoming zombie film as Road Warrior meets Rollerball. The screenplay was co-written with Romero, himself, before his passing.
9. Dead Snow 3
Release Date: ‘In a few years’
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Fans of the Dead Snow films have something to be hopeful for, too, as filmmaker Tommy Wirkola noted that he’s hoping to make a third one ‘in a few years’. He notes that he HAS TO finish the trilogy, and he teases that they intend to bring back Hitler as a zombie-Hitler. Awesome. Obviously, it’s super early-on in the process, but we should at least include it on this list because we know it’s coming. We’ll keep you updated as we get more details.
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