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Is There Really a “New Spin” On the Zombie Film?

Deadline reports Friday evening that Sony’s Screen Gems has set Stefan Ruzowitzky to direct Patient Zero, a Mike Le-scripted thriller that they claim “puts a new spin on the zombie film.

The zombie genre has been done to death, but it’s kind of cool that Screen Gems is shying away from teen drama horror and attempting to do something a bit more…us?

In the film, “an unprecedented global pandemic has resulted in the evolution of a new species. An aggressive form of rabies turns the infected into predators, addicted to violence. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak their new language spearheads a hunt for Patient Zero in order to find a cure to save his infected wife and humanity.

It doesn’t sound like a new spin, at all (even the 2007 The Signal is similar), but alas!

Production will begin in the summer, most probably in Germany.



  • Christensen

    “An aggressive form of rabies turns the infected into predators, addicted to violence.” Wow what a new spin.

  • J Jett

    knowing me, i’ll still watch this. LOL.

  • ThunderDragoon

    MORE zombies? Oy.

  • zigwardScissorHands

    That’s so a cute, they think they have a new spin. When it comes to zombies, they have been beaten to death, reanimated, and then beaten again with a dead horse. If anyone has any unique ideas that aren’t stupid as hell (zombies vs pro wrestlers anyone?) I’ll gladly eat my words but I seriously doubt there’s anywhere to go with the sub genre.

  • Tyra Adlam

    I’d like to see a more traditional zombie film for a change. One where the dead rise from their graves and eat brains, rather than the living merely infected by some virus and showing cannibalistic tendancies. At this stage going back to that original formula would feel like a fresh spin.

    • Jesse Sikora

      I completely agree Tyra

    • Kr1z

      Exacly, a modern take on the Lucio Fulci movies.

  • Mister B

    There is a distinct difference between a zombie film and an infection film. This is the latter.

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