Want to know what upcoming zombie movies you’ll find in 2018? Look no further.
At Nerd Much?, we like to think that we specialize in zombie cinema. And, 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 in 2018, and there are quite a few upcoming zombie movies we know about and are looking 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 upcoming zombie movies of 2018 and beyond:
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.
Unfortunately, things didn’t work out well for Day of the Dead: Bloodline, and it’s just another new zombie movie that couldn’t quite get away from being generic (which is the last thing the genre needs right now).
2. The Cured
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Starring: Ellen Page, Peter Campion, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Director: David Freyne
We’ve seen so many zombie tales based on getting the disease cured that it’s hard to even be interested in The Cured at first, but then, we see that it’s Ellen Page, and she’s incredible on all fronts.
The Cured feels more like In the Flesh the movie, where the disease that turned people into zombies has been cured. Now that the once-zombiefied are back in society, they’re discriminated against, causing social issues to arise, leading to a militant government interference.
The trailer (above) looks a bit more exciting than anything we saw in In the Flesh, so there’s that.
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Starring: Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter
Director: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke
Martin Freeman in a post apocalyptic world? Yes, please! But, don’t expect this to be overloaded with any cool action sequences or anything of the like. What we do know about Cargo is that it will be released to Netflix at some point in 2018, and Screen Daily reports that it’s June 8th.
The story will revolve around an emotional father who is stranded in rural Australia with only 48 hours to find a new home for his baby girl after he has become infected by a violent plague that has overtaken the world. It’s based on the short film from 2013.
Apparently, Cargo is going to be a whole lot scarier than we were initially led to believe. Hopefully, that means we’re in for an actual good zombie movie in 2018. Stay tuned to Nerd Much? for our review as we get closer to the film’s release.
Want to know more about Cargo? Check out Cultured Vultures’ review here.
4. The Night Eats the World (La Nuit a devore le monde)
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Starring: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant
Director: Dominique Rocher
The Night Eats the World is a French zombie film set in Paris. Following a party, a young man wakes up to find Paris has been invaded by zombies. According to THR, it’s a ‘minimalist art house zombie movie set almost entirely inside a Paris apartment building.’ It has a 28 Days Later vibe, with the same sort of visceral, down-to-earth directorial style. Also, it has a brilliant name.
5. 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. However, we wouldn’t be surprised at this point to see it delayed into 2019.
6. 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.
7. 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…
8. 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.
An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted) has been our list of new zombie movies for a couple years now, but hopefully it’ll see the light of day at some point this year.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Army of the Dead
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Army of the Dead is an upcoming zombie movie set in a zombie-ifested 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.
Update: Apparently, ‘Army of the Dead’, the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’, is no longer in production.
15. 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.
16. 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 hands, now being directed by Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil director Mike Flanagan, entirely reconceiving the entire project.
17. Zombieland 2
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg
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.
18. The Dead Don’t Die
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Adam Driver, TIlda Swinton, Steve Buschemi, 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 Buschemi, 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).
19. Anna and the Apocalypse
Director: John McPhail
Starring: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire
Release Date: November 30, 2018
Anna and the Apocalypse is a ridiculous zombie musical set during an apocalypse around Christmastime, complete with ugly Christmas sweaters and all the bloody zombies you could ever want under your tree.
20-22. 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!