Friday, October 10, 2014

"The Other Dead" Animal-Zombie-Apocalypse Live-Action Series to Debut in 2016 on Animal Planet

I just learned that Animal Planet -- my go-to channel for reality TV shows about Bigfoot and/or pitbulls -- is working on a live-action series based on the IDW comic book series THE OTHER DEAD. This is another zombie apocalypse series -- similar to AMC's "The Walking Dead." However, THE OTHER DEAD is clearly set in the real world and prominently features real life people such as President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Oh, and the zombies are animals. So many animals -- such as dogs, cats, birds, alligators, mice, deer... In fact, I've read one scene from THE OTHER DEAD in which Vice President Cheney is killed during a hunting trip by a zombie buck. It wasn't pretty:
First published last year, the series explores a world wracked by hurricanes and other natural disasters where undead animals rise and terrorize the population. Ortega spoke to CBR about the series and its inclusion of President Barack Obama at the time, saying, "As the story goes, a monstrous hurricane -- even worse than Katrina -- is about to hit southern Louisiana just as the Vice President is killed during an outbreak of a mysterious infection that's turning all animals into ravenous, cold-blooded killers.

"Into this mix is thrown our eclectic cast of characters: Tommy Romero, a 10-year old cancer survivor who's struggling with his faith and belief in life; Azrael, Tommy's older brother and a member of the Norwegian-like death metal band, Decapitated; Justina Abelinda Cortez, Az's girlfriend who's an exotic dancer and a Puerto Rican bruja/witch; Chet Wayne, a racist ex-Army Ranger who's been preparing for the apocalypse for years; and Barack Obama -- yes, the actual president of the United States -- who ends up in the eye of the storm, dealing not only with the hurricane but the zombie animal outbreak as well."
The plan is for "The Other Dead" to debut on Animal Planet in early 2016.

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