If think you don’t know who Joe R. Lansdale is, then you’re probably wrong. You’ve likely seen 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep starring Bruce Campbell as the King of Rock and Roll, and so you’ve checked out the biggest budget adaptation of one of Joe’s works. However, if you’ve never read any of the 60+ books Mr. Lansdale has in print, then you don’t know what you’re missing. (While he has many great titles, I always steer genre fans toward his 1988 novel The Drive In or the excellent 2003 comic book adaptation from Avatar Press). Now it seems that his soon to be released short story “Christmas with the Dead” is being adapted the the screen. w I for one cant wait as I love Joe R. Lansdale, Holiday Horror, and Zombies. It’s a hat trick of awesome! The press release we got here at The Bloodsprayer has got me practically giddy at the concept. So check it out. Even though Christmas has just ended, there’s no better time to start thinking about this great present Mr. Lansdale is giving to us all in 2011!
JOE R. LANSDALE BRINGING ZOMBIES TO THE BIG SCREEN
“Christmas with the Dead” Set for Film
New York (December 26, 2010) – Joe R. Lansdale, prolific author of such notable stories as the “Hap and Leonard” series of novels, “The Bottom’s” and the unforgettable “Bubba Ho-Tep,” the first of his works to be made into a movie, is about to bring his very own zombies to the big screen. Lansdale’s latest short story, to be released in early 2011, is ready to be made into a movie: Christmas with the Dead. The author has previous undead entries with “Dead in the West”, “On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert With Dead Folks,” and most recently “Deadman’s Road,” as well as an entry in BOOM!’s comic, “Zombie Tales”.
In addition to Lansdale, who will act as executive producer, already signed on to the project are Damian Maffei (Closed for the Season) as the lead, Brian James Fitzpatrick (Throwaway) who is set to direct, and Marcus Koch (Sweatshop, 100 Tears) with Oddtopsy F/X who is scheduled to create the special effects for the movie.
Shooting is scheduled to begin this June in Nacogdoches, Texas, where Lansdale has lived with his wife for the past thirty years. In a nod to Joe’s affiliation as writer-in-residence at the Stephen F. Austin University, Lansdale will be employing the use of many of the students, as well as the use of some of the school’s state of the art equipment. Joe sees this association with the university as an opportunity to give the students a hands-on film-making experience.
“Based on my short story of the same name, Christmas with the Dead is now in pre-production,” said Lansdale. “I’m excited about it moving forward and very fortunate to have some fine people at the helm. I’m looking forward to begin filming this summer.”
Fitzpatrick is thrilled to be part of the project. “It’s all coming together very quickly – taking on a life of its own – which I think is what happens with strong projects where everyone has the same vision; the same passion. And a Lansdale zombie movie is pretty damn strong.”
As for the merry movie and the plight of it’s hero:”It was a foolish thing to do, and Calvin had not bothered with it the past two years, not since the death of his wife and child. But this year he decided quite suddenly, that tomorrow was Christmas Eve. And zombies be damned, the lights and decorations are going up…”