Actor Eric Balfour has been hired to turn his attentions to behind the camera and turn Jesus Hates Zombies, the graphic novel from Stephen Lindsay, into a feature-length movie from a script written by Michael Mongillo and Jason Alan Smith.
The graphic novel tells of a zombie plague taking over the world, as we’ve seen play out in movies, comics, games, and TV shows so many times now, but this time the creator himself is watching and doesn’t like what he sees, so he once again sends Jesus back to Earth — this time to throw down with the zombie horde.
As far as directing goes, Balfour has only taken part in a film called Do Not Disturb with four other directors. But you surely recognize him from his many acting roles over the years, which began with Kids Incorporated (remember that one?) and includes Six Feet Under, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 24, and Skyline, among many others.
Here’s what Balfour had to said about his new job:
It’s an honor to be a part of this project. It’s bold, unapologetic, and controversial. When I read the script I was blown away by how well the writers had given life to Stephen’s graphic novel.
What most intrigued me about the project was its heart and message. There is plenty of comedy and action in the script but what I wasn’t expecting and am most excited about bringing to the screen is its message of love and faith.
I love when a script can break the mold and offer something unique and I’m going to work my ass off to honor Michael and Jason’s great script, and Stephen’s fantastically unique world. The way I see it Jesus was a bad ass and a revolutionary, who better to save humanity from the zombie apocalypse than JC.
This is all certainly fitting with Christ set to return this Saturday. But if zombies are involved, it’s going to be a hell of a lot less enjoyable for those of us who get left behind.
No timeline on when the movie will be made and released, or who will star in the movie.
Who do you want to see play Jesus in Jesus Hates Zombies? I vote for Justin Theroux to reprise his role from The Ten. Or perhaps Jason Lee, Big Trouble style. Or maybe even Ronald D. Moore?