STX and Tencent Pictures announced Oscar winner Colin Firth will star in the action-comedy film adaptation of the Zombie Brother comics.
STXfilms and Tencent Pictures have announced that the Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth has been tapped to headline the film adaptation of the comic Zombie Brother.
The announcement came from Deadline on Friday. Firth is the first actor announced for the action comedy film, tentatively titled New York Will Eat You Alive. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson is attached to helm the film while Dan Gregor and Doug Mand have revised Alex Rubens’ original script.
“We always wanted to cast this in a way that would give life to the source material and elevate the action and you can’t achieve that goal any better than hiring Colin Firth,” stated STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson. “From The King’s Speech to Kingsman, Colin always gives an Oscar-caliber performance. We’re thrilled to be reuniting with him on New York Will Eat You Alive in a role that will allow him to have fun while showcasing his deadpan humor and comic timing.”
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The film will be produced by STXfilms and Tencent along with Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan of Free Association and Above The Line Productions’ Ged Doherty. Tencent’s Edward Cheng and Strauss-Schulson will serve as executive producers for the adaptation. Tencent’s Conor Zorn and Wenxin She will produce and oversee the project along with Drew Simon, Patricia Braga and Katie Zhao of STXfilms.
The STX-Tencent film is the third adaptation of the popular Chinese digital comic. It was adapted into a popular animated series, which has amassed over 3.7 billion views over two seasons, as well as a stage play. The original comic was released in 2011, gaining worldwide popularity with over 28 billion views.
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, New York Will Eat You Alive stars Colin Firth. No further casting, production start or release date has been announced at this time.
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