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Monday, October 13, 2014

New Orleans' latest film turn: Zombie animals and The Other Dead

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

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Hey, New Orleans: If NCIS: New Orleans and American Horror Story: Coven weren't to your taste — how about The Other Dead, set in Louisiana during "the next Hurricane Katrina"? EW has details:

Animal Planet is developing a scripted live-action zombie animal saga based on the graphic novel The Other Dead, EW has learned exclusively.

From IDW publishing, the graphic novel is set in Louisiana during the “next Hurricane Katrina,” and tells the story of an eclectic cast of characters thrown together into a nightmarish world of undead animals and unrelenting storms. The graphic novel hails from Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch, who will both be involved in some capacity. 

That's right — Animal Planet, home of shows like America's Cutest Pet and Puppy Bowl, will now branch into zombie animals.

The graphic novel itself was published last year and written up in USA Today:

The third issue of The Other Dead, out Wednesday, continues the wild satire that's full of wildlife and carnage for a small group of survivors in Louisiana who are dealing with a creature crisis but also a powerful incoming hurricane that can hit at any minute. ...

The premise may not be not quite as crazy as his cast, which includes a kid with cancer, some youngsters engaging in a magic ritual with dead ducks, a rock star, a stripper witch and President Obama.

Yes, the man himself plays a starring role in the story — the last commander-in-chief didn't do his job when a hurricane hit Louisiana, so this time Obama's going right into the thick of things and finds a horde of man-eating zombie dogs hungry for his Secret Service team.

Variety says the show is scheduled to debut in 2016, and quotes an Animal Planet executive: “This is an intriguing choice for Animal Planet as the network further branches out into different, dynamic genres.”

Certainly that's plenty of notice for Pizza Nola to rent a screen and plan one of its parking-lot cheesy-movie-watching parties.

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