Halo-8 Entertainment has slated director Matt Pizzolo and producer Brian Giberson to create an "illustrated film" adaptation of Xombie: Reanimated, a horror/sci-fi adventure comic book created by James Farr, published by Devil's Due Publishing, and produced by Epic Level Entertainment in a deal that marks the second collaboration between Halo-8 and Farr after Xombie: Dead on Arrival was released by the studio in March.
Halo-8 has scheduled the new film for production in early 2010 (after Pizzolo and Giberson complete their work on Tim Seeley's "Loaded Bible"), with a theatrical release planned for later in the year.
"Illustrated films" are a new filmmaking format designed by Pizzolo and Giberson that mixes elements of anime, radio drama, video games, and motion comics. Utilizing the sequential artwork from the comic book, the "illustrated film" adds motion animation, 3D CGI, visual effects, elaborate sound design, music, and dramatic voice performances. The format was developed for the upcoming Godkiller, which features voice performances by Lance Henriksen, Danielle Harris, Nicki Clyne, Bill Moseley, Tiffany Shepis, Lydia Lunch, Katie Nisa, Justin Pierre, and Davey Havok.
The first Godkiller DVD streets on September 29th and is currently available for pre-order here.
"Xombie" is the story of Dirge, a dead man with a mind of his own, who struggles against his posthumous cravings (not to mention legions of the living dead). In Dead on Arrival, Dirge struggles to reunite a lost child named Zoe with her family. Reanimated takes place ten years later, when Zoe's home is threatened by zombie hordes and Dirge returns to protect her.
"Xombie" began on the web as a series of flash animations (available on DVD from Halo-8) before being adapted into a comic book series, a graphic novel, and an illustrated novel. In its second week of release, the "Xombie" illustrated novel ranked #4 behind Watchmen and 300 on Amazon.com's graphic novel sales rankings. Producer Epic Level Entertainment is currently developing a live-action "Xombie" adaptation for a major studio.