Syfy is making tracks for Jasper, Alabama — aka Town of the Living Dead — for the purpose of a comedic docuseries chronicling the small town’s endeavor to make an indie zombie movie, TVLine has learned. That is but one of many announcements made by the cabler on the cusp of its annual Upfront presentation on Wednesday.
The premise of Living Dead: For six years (and counting), the residents of Jasper have labored to complete Thr33 Days Dead, which is based on a local urban legend and centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. Premiering Tuesday, Oct 7, Town of the Living Dead will follow the intrepid (and motley) crew of amateur filmmakers as they struggle against every obstacle imaginable to lock a final cut of their film, with hopes that it someday will become a bona fide movie.
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Also to be announced as part of Syfy’s Upfront presentation on Wednesday:
* Per The Wrap, a Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)-produced series adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel series Clone, which follows a retired soldier drawn into a vast conspiracy after he finds his home burglarized by his own clone.
* Per The Hollywood Reporter, adaptations of Frank Miller’s DC Comics series Ronin (as a miniseries) and Oni Press’ Letter 44 (which involves a newly minted POTUS’ discovery of a NASA-supervised alien construction project in outer space).
* Per Deadline, Syfy has picked up the Canadian-produced adventure drama Killjoys, from Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta and following a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters, as well as put in development a miniseries based on Jonathan Hickman’s Pax Romana graphic novel and a series adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians fantasy novels.
* And per AdWeek, a green light has already been given to a third Sharknado film, with The Second One now bowing until July 30.