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Todd Strauss-Schulson, the director of the recent Rebel Wilson comedy Isn’t It Romantic, is in negotiations to helm Zombie Brother, STXfilms’ action comedy based on the popular Chinese manga.
STXfilms is making the movie with Tencent Pictures, the Chinese media conglomerate behind the digital comics and animated episodes spun off from the property. Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan’s Free Association is also producing.
According to STX’s announcement, the comic has garnered more than 24 billion views over 241 installments, and its animated series has attracted more than 3.7 billion views across its first two seasons. The title has also been adapted into a popular stage play.
The movie version will follow a Chinese character who leads a ragtag team of New Yorkers in a fight to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. Alex Rubens and Ryan Engle worked on the script.
“Todd is the perfect choice for Zombie Brother,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said Monday in a statement. “His films thrive with a heart, energy, comic pace and visual inventiveness all their own.”
Strauss-Schulson directed A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas and also tackled the horror-comedy genre with 2015’s Final Girls. He is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.
The Zombie Brother project previously had Kung Fury filmmaker David Sandberg attached to direct.
STX will distribute the pic in North America, while Tencent Pictures will distribute in China.
Sam Brown is overseeing the film for the studio, along with Drew Simon.
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