Meyers Media Group Captures Simon West Productions’ “Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D”

By Michael Schilf · April 19, 2012


LOS ANGELES, CA(April 18, 2012)-  Newly-formed international sales company Meyers Media Group announces today that they have picked up all international rights to director Zebediah De Soto’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: ORIGINS 3D from Simon West Productions. Simon West (director of “Expendables 2”) will produce alongside Jib Polhemus (“The Mechanic”), Gus Malliarodakis and Matty Mangone-Miranda. Written by De Soto, David Reuben Schwartz and Warren Davis, the film is a motion capture re-imagining of the George A. Romero zombie classic that stars Danielle Harris (“Halloween V”), Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan”) and Tony Todd (“Candyman”). The deal was brokered by Lawrence Meyers and Randy Dannenberg of Meyers Media Group and Polhemus on behalf of Simon West Productions.

In the film, New York lies in ruin when zombies have overtaken the city. For the few people left alive there is only one dream – survival. That includes Ben (Tony Todd) and Barbra (Danielle Harris), two survivors who find themselves trapped and fighting to escape the hordes of undead that walk the streets.

Shot completely in a CG environment using stereoscopic 3D, the film employs the next generation facial capture technology that is a step beyond any previous versions used for this type of film. The look is a marriage between the graphic novel and modern animation, making it a true ‘graphic film’ that younger audiences will be more accustomed to experiencing.

"Horror films, especially zombie based films, already have a huge audience so it is particularly exciting to reinvent the genre with a totally new look," said Simon West.

“NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is the most important franchise for the zombie genre, and to be a part of this re-imagining alongside Simon and Jib is exciting for us as a company,” said Lawrence Meyers, President of Meyers Media Group.

This is helmer De Soto’s debut as a feature director.  Also rounding out the cast are Bill Moseley (“Devil’s Rejects”) and Joe Pilato (“Day of the Dead”).

The film has been produced with the cooperation of The Graphic Film Company in association with Giant Studios, whose credits include motion capture work on TIN TIN and AVATAR.

Simon West Productions is currently in post-production on STOLEN, starring Nicholas Cage and written by David Guggenheim (“Safehouse”), and EXPENDABLES 2 with Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: ORIGINS 3D will be one of the titles Meyers Media Group will be representing at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.  Additional titles for their slate are currently being assembled.

About Meyers Media Group

Meyers Media Group is a global film sales and production company that sells, finances and produces A-list cast-driven projects with broad international appeal.  Launched by entertainment industry veterans Lawrence Meyers and Bobby Meyers in 2012, the company specializes in the foreign sales process, utilizing international co-productions and attracting equity sources.  Randy Dannenberg serves as the company’s Executive Vice President of Productions & Acquisitions with Peter Rowley as Vice President of International Distribution and Administration.

About Simon West Productions

Simon West Productions, led by Simon West and Jib Polhemus, is a film and television development company with a fully equipped post-production visual effects house. The upcoming feature, Thunder Run, which is to be directed by West, employs the same motion capture technology used in Avatar and the same proprietary facial-capture technology which will be used in Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D. In addition to computer generated films, their past projects in live action film and television include: Black Hawk Down, The Mechanic, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The General’s Daughter, Con Air, The Cape, Human Target, and Keen Eddie