In a competitive situation, Sony’s Screen Gems has acquired Mike Le’s zombie script Patient Zero, which is described as a character-driven action-thriller, TheWrap reports.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Patient Zero features a unique hook — a protagonist with the ability to speak the language of the undead who interrogates zombies with the hopes of finding Patient Zero and a cure for his infected wife.
Terms of the deal are being kept under wraps, but as TheWrap first reported, Screen Gems had stiff competition for the spec, which generated strong response around town before Clint Culpepper decided to take it off the table when it was simply titled “Patient Z.”
Le wrote Paul Solet’s haunted house horror movie Dark Summer, which recently wrapped production. He also teamed with “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman to write the bestselling comic book “Mayhem” for Image Comics.