Hammer Films have announced that they will be
filming Boneshaker, based on
the novel by Cherie Priest.
Described as a steampunk zombie story –
which admittedly makes me die a little inside
– the story is set in an alternate Civil
War period world, where a toxic gas has turned
most of the population into ‘rotters’
– sadly not Terry-Thomas style cads (I’d
pay to see that) but zombies.
The 2009 novel is the first in a series that so
far stands at three, with a fourth due early 2012,
and the screen version is being written by John
Hilary Shepherd, and will be co-produced with
Cross Creek Pictures. Presumably, the film is
planned to be the first of a franchise. No word
on a director or when production will start.