Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired Ruthless Pictures' no-holds-barred zombie fest ZOMBIEWORLD, in association with DreadCentral.com. Image Entertainment’s Vice President of Acquisition Mark Ward made the announcement today.
“We’re eager to distribute this project because it embodies what independent filmmaking is all about: passion and creativity,” said Ward. “We’re always looking for new talent, and ZOMBIEWORLD takes storytelling to a new level that horror fans will not only enjoy but also surely rally around and support.”
ZOMBIEWORLD is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts, and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21 and May 30, 2014, on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring his or her take to a world now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in ZOMBIEWORLD is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s "Dark Times," a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.
“As a fan of the zombie genre, I’m thrilled to be part of this film,” said Ruthless Pictures producer Jesse Baget. “ZOMBIEWORLD will showcase the unique visions of young talented filmmakers and inject fresh new blood into the genre.”
“Jesse Baget and Ruthless Pictures burst onto the scene, opening big doors for young filmmakers,” said Dread Central’s Steve Barton. “Dread Central has always been an incredibly indie-friendly site among the major genre outlets, and we’re excited to help give up-and-coming filmmakers a platform to get noticed. Image Entertainment is a go-to source for quality horror entertainment, and with Image ZOMBIEWORLD will have the opportunity to be shown worldwide.”
The deal was negotiated by Image Entertainment’s Jess De Leo and Grace Feeney and Jesse Baget on behalf of the filmmakers.