Want to know what upcoming zombie movies you’ll find in 2019, 2020, and beyond? Look no further.
At Nerd Much?, we like to think that we specialize in zombie cinema. And, 2018 was pretty much a dud year for zombie movies.
Now, 2019 is around the corner and there are quite a few upcoming zombie movies we know about and are looking forward to.
The zombie movies coming in 2019 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. At least most of what’s coming looks good.
So without further ado, here are the new upcoming zombie movies of 2019 and beyond:
1. Johnny Z
Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Michael Merchant, Felix Cortes, Jason Delgado
Director: Jonathan Straiton
Johnny Z is a horror-action feature film about a half human, half zombie named Johnny who, under the guidance of a martial arts master seeks vengeance on the evil corporation that created him.
2. Little Monsters
Release Date: January 27, 2019 (Sundance), Wide Release TBD
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad, Stephen Peacocke
Director: Abe Forsythe
Little Monsters is a zombie comedy that centers around a teacher (Nyong’o) who teams up with a washed-up musician and a kid’s show personality to protect a group of children from a zombie outbreak.
It made its surprise debut at Sundance 2019, and early rumblings are that it’s quite good. In fact, Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson gave it a super high review of 4.5/5.0 stars, noting:
Little Monsters quickly won over my genre-loving heart and is my favorite movie that I’ve seen this year at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
3. Thomas J. Churchill’s – M
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 CANCELED
Release Date: TBD, but allegedly 2020
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 lukewarm critically.
The latest is that World War Z 2 will begin filming in June 2019.
We’re anxiously awaiting more details about World War Z 2, but for now, here’s what we know so far…
Update 2/6/19: World War Z 2 has been canceled. Luckily, there’s still a World War Z game in development (see it on our list of upcoming zombie games here).
5. 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.
Essentially, it’s like The Village, but outside the walls lies endless hordes of the undead.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Train to Busan 2 (Rumored)
A report is suggesting that there’s a Train to Busan 2 in the works – a follow-up to 2016’s popular Korean zombie film, which in my expert opinion, brought the zombie genre to new heights. According to the report, which originated from The Latin Post, Gong Yoo might make his return as a zombie. Cool.
We don’t know much else about the sequel just yet, but here’s to hoping that we learn some more information soon. We do know that Gaumont, a French production studio, picked up the rights to produce the sequel, and allegedly, Yeon Sang Ho will return to direct. That’s about it, though, and we’ll keep an eye out for news
I should probably also note that there’s a Train to Busan remake bubbling, and we could hear an official announcement soon.
10. Army of the Dead
Director: Zack Snyder
Release Date: TBA
Army of the Dead is an upcoming zombie movie set in a zombie-infested future-vision of Las Vegas, where a father sets out to save his young daughter. Sure, it’s a plot we’ve seen so many times in zombie movies before, with the father trying to save his child.
The good news is that it’s set in a futuristic Las Vegas, and that’s enough to pique our interest here at Nerd Much?. We don’t know much else about Army of the Dead, unfortunately, but we’re anxiously awaiting more details.
As of 1/30/19, Netflix has picked up the distribution rights for Army of the Dead and has put Zack Snyder behind the wheel (he also came up with the story).
Army of the Dead is set to begin shooting this summer with a $90-million budget.
Update: Apparently, ‘Army of the Dead’, the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’, is no longer in production.
**Update 1/30/19: Zack Snyder has signed up to helm Army of the Dead for Netflix.
11. Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament Movie
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The popular Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament book by S.G. Browne is being adapted into a movie, although we can’t seem to find a date attached to the production or its release. The story follows a young man who “survives” a car accident that kills his girlfriend, although he has to go through life as a zombie who lives in his parents’ wine cellar, now. He also attends support group meetings for his fellow undead.
It’s a zombie comedy film, which are undeniably on the rise, and it’s allegedly going to star actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson. We haven’t heard any updates since 2010 for the film, so it’s likely the case that it’s dead. Still, we haven’t received an official cancellation, so it’s staying on here until we hear otherwise.
12. Inherit the Earth
Director: Mike Flanagan
Zombies AND robots? Count us in.
Inherit the Earth is an upcoming sci-fi film that’s based on the IDW comic Zombies Vs. Robots that released in 2006, but it’s not necessarily a direct adaptation. The story follows a protector robot who has to protect a young girl from an onslaught of zombies.
The film version has been in production by Platinum Dunes since 2011, and the most recent news we have from it is that it changed director’s hands, now being directed by Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil director Mike Flanagan, entirely reconceiving the entire project.
13. Zombieland 2 (Zombieland Double Tap)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg, Rosario Dawson
Release Date: October 11, 2019
The original gang will team up for Zombieland 2, and although you’ve heard rumors about it before, Sony has finally confirmed it (and mean it) this time. Admittedly, it’s going to be tough to capture the magic and fun of the original, but hopefully, the writing team has come up with something worth our time. The director of the original, as well as the writing team of the original, are all returning, and when you pair that with the fact that the original group of actors are also returning, you have to imagine we’re in for another round of fun when Zombieland 2 releases on October 11, 2019.
Update 9/6/18: Zombieland 2 will begin shooting in January and will have super zombies.
Update 1/30/19: Zombieland Double Tap has added Rosario Dawson to the cast.
14. The Dead Don’t Die
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Selena Gomez, Bill Murray
Release Date: TBA
The Dead Don’t Die is an upcoming zombie movie that slipped out of Bill Murray’s mouth during an interview, as it was previously unannounced. However, we now know that the film will also star Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, and Selena Gomez.
The Dead Don’t Die will be a zombie comedy, and according to Murray, the script is hilarious. He also notes that he won’t play a zombie and that the film will film this summer in Upstate New York (exact location wasn’t noted, but expect a rural-set zombie tale).
15-17. The Walking Dead Movie Trilogy
Starring: Andrew Lincoln
Release Date: TBA
AMC duped us all. Here we thought that Andrew Lincoln was going to be done with The Walking Dead, but apparently, that was just a farce. Now, AMC says he’ll be the lead in an upcoming Walking Dead movie trilogy.
…more details to come!
Want to check out something a little less sinister? Check out all of the new animated movies coming in 2019!