FilmRise Acquires Worldwide Digital Rights to Zombie Series ‘Z Nation’

New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network FilmRise has acquired certain digital rights to the Syfy Channel zombie series “Z Nation” from The Asylum.

The deal gives FilmRise worldwide distribution rights to 69, hour-long episodes of all five seasons of the sci-fi horror/drama series for all digital media, including ad-supported streaming, digital linear, AVOD, FAST, SVOD, FVOD, TVOD and digital sellthrough, as well as exclusive airline and ancillary rights.

“Z Nation” follows a group of survivors as they navigate a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and danger at every turn. These civilians are escorting a mysterious stranger across a zombie infested United States. As he is the only known survivor of a zombie bite, his blood might have the cure to save humanity.

The series began streaming on Netflix in 2015 after its first season broadcast.

“Zombies and post-apocalyptic worlds continue to captivate audiences around the world,” Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions for FilmRise, said in a statement. “The ‘Z Nation’ franchise has demonstrated remarkable strength and success, boasting multiple seasons on the Syfy Channel — an acquisition that aligns perfectly with our programming goals.”

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“Our incredibly devoted fan base for the series, as well as its Netflix spinoff ‘Black Summer,’ will be thrilled,” David Rimawi, founding partner of The Asylum, said in a statement. “We’re ecstatic that FilmRise will soon make ‘Z Nation’ accessible to audiences, whether existing enthusiasts or those new to the show, in a worldwide, free and accessible manner. We also look forward to sharing other exciting news regarding the ‘Z Nation’ franchise very soon.”

‘The Walking Dead’ Complete Collection Headed to DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 17

Lionsgate will release The Walking Dead: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 17.

“The Walking Dead” follows the survivors of the walker apocalypse as they fight the dead and fear the living. The series features Norman Reedus (“The Boondock Saints” franchise, Blade II), Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Penguin Bloom, TV’s “Teachers” and “Afterlife”) and Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun (Nope, Minari, Okja, Mayhem). 

The collection includes all 11 seasons on 54 discs including a bonus disc containing a 42-minute documentary on the making of the final season, as well as a still gallery. The Blu-ray (plus digital) version will feature new original packaging and disc artwork by Clio Award-winning artist Oliver Barrett. The release also includes additional bonus features from all previous single season releases.

The Walking Dead: The Complete Collection will be available for the suggested retail price of $209.97 on Blu-ray (plus digital) and on DVD exclusively at Walmart for the suggested retail price $149.98.

In the series, after sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma in an abandoned hospital, he’s immediately thrust into a life-or-death struggle in an apocalyptic, walker-ravaged world. The series, based on Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed comic book, follows Rick and his band of survivors — Daryl, Morgan, Maggie, Carol, Michonne, Glenn, and more — as they struggle to survive their bleak new reality where the living pose as much of a threat as the hungry, roaming undead. They venture from Alexandria and its promise of a better life to Negan’s ruthless Saviors to the Commonwealth’s corruption.

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The series also stars Melissa McBride (The Mist, The Reconstruction of William Zero, The Happys), Lauren Cohan (Casanova, TV’s “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural”) Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Rampage, TV’s “Leopard Skin”) and Danai Gurira (“Black Panther” franchise, Avengers: Infinity War, The Visitor).

Filipino Zombie Thriller ‘Day Zero’ Headed to Digital May 23, Disc July 11 From Well Go

The Filipino zombie thriller Day Zero will debut digitally May 23, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

An official selection at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2022, Day Zero stars recently retired MMA fighter Brandon Vera (BuyBust), Pepe Herrera (“The Killer Bride”), MJ Lastimosa (Damaso), Joey Marquez (On the Job 2: The Missing 8) and Ricci Rivero (Rabid, Happy Times).

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In the film, after serving eight incident-free years in prison, a former elite soldier is released, finally free to reunite with his estranged wife and young daughter. However, he re-enters civilization only to discover that the outside world has been completely overtaken by a dangerous virus with terrifying effects on the human body. Chased by hordes of the undead, he races through the dangerous urban landscape in a final desperate attempt to redeem himself and rescue his family.


Season 8, Part A, of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Due on Digital May 15

Part A of the final season of “Fear the Walking Dead,” derived from “The Walking Dead” universe, arrives on digital May 15 from Lionsgate.

Season eight begins with the return of Madison (Kim Dickens) as she joins Morgan (Lennie James) and the others to rescue Morgan’s daughter Mo. Fractured after escaping the downfall of the Tower, our survivors find themselves facing the challenges of life under the mysterious PADRE, where they will be forced to choose between who they’ve become and who they want to be.

“Fear the Walking Dead” season eight, part A, is from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead,” Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day), two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”), David Alpert (“The Walking Dead,” American Ultra), Andrew Chambliss (“Once Upon a Time”) and Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead,” “Outcast”).

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In addition to  James (TV’s “The Walking Dead” and “Save Me,” Blade Runner 2049) and Dickens (Gone Girl, TV’s “Deadwood” and “House of Cards”), the series stars Colman Domingo (TV’s “Euphoria,” Lincoln, Candyman, Selma), Rubén Blades (TV’s “Gideon’s Crossing,” Safe House, Hands of Stone), Austin Amelio ( TV’s “The Walking Dead,” Everybody Wants Some!!, Mercy Black) and Danay Garcia (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O,” “CSI: NY” and “Prison Break”).

‘Night of the Animated Dead’ Slated for Digital Release Sept. 21, Disc Oct. 5

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Night of the Animated Dead through digital retailers Sept. 21, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5.

An animated reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Animated Dead includes exclusive scenes not included in the original film. The voice cast includes Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis.

The story involves a group of strangers in Pennsylvania taking refuge in an abandoned farmhouse during a zombie attack. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices.

Bonus features include a “Making of the Animated Dead” featurette in which director Jason Axinn and producer Michael Luisi discuss the process of honoring the iconic classic with their vision for an animated remake, including scene breakdowns and booth recordings with the cast.

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Season Six of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Coming to Disc Aug. 31

Season six of “Fear The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 31 from Lionsgate.

“Fear The Walking Dead” season six stars Alycia Debnam-Carey (TV’s “The 100,” Friend Request, Into the Storm), Colman Domingo (TV’s “Euphoria,” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, If Beale Street Could Talk), Lennie James (TV’s “The Walking Dead” and “Save Me,” Blade Runner 2049), Maggie Grace (“Taken” franchise, TV’s “Lost,” The Hurricane Heist), Austin Amelio (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” Everybody Wants Some!!, Mercy Black), Colby Minifie (TV’s “The Boys,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Jessica Jones”), and Karen David (TV’s “Legacies,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television”).

In season six, after being torn apart by the Pioneers, Morgan’s (James) group is now dispersed across their far-reaching settlements, with life behind the Pioneers’ walls testing each of the group’s members in different ways — and forcing them to define who they really are in this new world. As Morgan’s bid to free the remaining members of the group grows bolder, Virginia’s (Minifie) desperation to find her sister accelerates, as does her need to protect the settlements from the enemy forces outside — and within. With new alliances forming, relationships dissolving, loyalties switching, and everyone forced to take sides, “The End Is the Beginning” reveals its deepest meaning.

Extras include audio commentaries.

‘Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula’ Due on Digital Oct. 27, Disc Nov. 24 From Well Go

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, the follow-up to the South Korean zombie thriller Train to Busan, will come out on digital Oct. 27, in time for Halloween, from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film will subsequently be released in a 4K Ultra Combo Pack and a Blu-ray Disc combo pack, as well as on standard DVD, on Nov. 24.

In director Yeon Sang-ho’s sequel, a former soldier, who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation, returning to the Peninsula on a secret mission. When his team encounters survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best — or worst — of human nature prevails.

The film stars Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-je, Koo Gyo-hwan, Kim Do-yoon, Lee Re and Lee Ye-won.

Bonus content includes a making-of featurette, interviews with cast and crew, and an all-new English dub.

The film will debut on the subscription service Shudder in 2021.

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Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Will Also Get Prequel and Anime Series at Netflix

Zack Snyder’s new zombie action heist film Army of the Dead, scheduled to debut on Netflix in 2021, is spawning a film prequel and anime series at the SVOD service.

“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix again as we expand the Army of the Dead universe with both an international prequel, as well as exploring the visually dynamic world of animation,” Snyder said in a statement. “It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as as big of an IP as we do.”

Army of the Dead follows a group of mercenaries into a zombie infested Las Vegas who try to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. It stars Dave Bautista,  Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Matthias Schweighöfer, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder and Samantha Win.

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The anime series, “Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas,” chronicles the origin story of Scott (Bautista) and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak. Snyder will direct two episodes of the anime series. In addition to Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick and Ella Purnell will reprise their roles in the anime series.

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Shay Hatten, one of the writers of the screenplay for Army of the Dead, will write the prequel as well as the anime series. The prequel will be directed by and star Grimme Award winner Schweighöfer and will follow his Army of the Dead character Ludwig Dieter.

“It has already been a great pleasure to be part of this wonderful ensemble around Zack Synder — a fascinating project. I am happy that it is now being developed on so many different levels,” Schweighöfer said in a statement.

Season Five of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Stalks to Disc May 19 From Lionsgate

Season five of “Fear the Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD May 19 from Lionsgate.

From executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” AliensTerminator 2), the spin-off series stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt, Rubén Blades, Lennie James and Austin Amelio.

Heading into season five of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the group’s mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what’s left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community, and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. But trust won’t be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when the members of the group find themselves in uncharted territory, forced to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only by facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.

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Horror Sequel ‘Zombie Rampage 2’ Due on DVD Feb. 25 From MVD

The horror sequel Zombie Rampage 2 is stalking to DVD Feb. 25 from MVD Entertainment Group and Wild Eye Raw.

This is the long-awaited followup to Todd Sheets’ 1989 shot-on-video, direct-to-video splatterfest Zombie Rampage. Using newly unearthed footage from his aborted sequel to the VHS hit, Sheets has overseen the completion of the gore-soaked second installment in his zombie filmography that was thought lost forever.

In the film, two warring factions live side by side during the Zombie Rampage apocalypse.

The film stars Dilynn Fawn Harvey (Clownado, Bonehill Road, Hi-Death).