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Written by Wendy Appelbaum
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Action
In an alternate Marvel Universe, the world’s superheroes are infected by a virus brought by a powerful being from another dimension. Can the undead former heroes be stopped before they devour the entire world?
Get to know the writer:
What is your screenplay about?
Marvel Zombies is based on several Marvel comic book series that take place in an alternate universe where most of the Marvel superheroes and villains have been infected with a virus that makes them undead and hungry for human brains.
What genres does your screenplay fall under?
I would say it’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi plus horror, and if you count superhero films as a genre, it obviously falls into that category also. Believe it or not, there’s some humor in there as well.
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Marvel movies and TV series are among the hottest properties around, and so are zombie shows such as The Walking Dead. Add in the fact that there’s a trend to make ‘R’ versions of their properties, such as Deadpool and Logan, and I think there’s an undeniable recipe for success.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The original Star Wars (A New Hope), with Blade Runner as a close second.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I originally wrote it two years ago, then put it aside for a long time. I recently spent a few weeks on a rewrite.
How many stories have you written?
I’ve written around twenty screenplays, TV pilots and specs, two novels, a history book, and had quite a few short stories published in science fiction anthologies.
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
That is an extremely difficult question, and the answer changes over time. Right now, I’d say “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel is something I’ve listened to and enjoyed a lot.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
I wanted to make this screenplay work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also base it fairly closely on the comic books. That meant I had to replace some of the characters who were important in the comic story, such as Magneto, with characters that Disney/Marvel owns the film rights to. Originally I left Spider-Man out, but now that he’s part of the MCU, I added him in the latest draft. I also had to figure out how to write the script without making the zombies the main characters, so I chose a few ordinary people who were in the first Marvel Zombies story in (Fantastic Four Unlimited), and made it mostly from their POV.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I’m a social studies teacher, and I love history and government. I also love music, movies, drawing, and video games.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
A friend of mine won a few months ago with his How I Met Your Mother script, and that’s when I first heard about it. I immediately decided to enter this script after I read the rules. And the feedback was fantastic. Critical where it needed to be, but not negative at all. I really appreciated it.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
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