Van Toffler

Gunpowder & Sky to develop zombie rom-com

The indie studio has paired with prodcos Full Fathom Five and DiGa to create a film featuring "over the top violence" and plenty of zombie sex.
March 22, 2016

Indie studio Gunpowder & Sky is set to develop its first feature-length film, a movie adaptation of Jeff Hart’s zombie fiction novel Eat, Brains, Love.

The film is the result of a deal involving Gunpowder, DiGa LLC, an independent production studio founded by former MTV exec Tony DiSanto, and prodco Full Fathom Five.

If it’s not obvious from the popularity of franchises like World War Z and The Walking Dead, zombies are a popular subject among the living: Eat, Brains, Love is a high school rom-com about two classmates and young lovers who contract a mysterious zombie virus and devour the brains of half their senior class.

DiSanto and Gunpowder co-founder Van Toffler (pictured), also a former MTV exec, have a long history of producing horror content together, including Teen Wolf, Scream and My Super Psycho Sweet 16.

“We share a sometimes twisted sensibility, so I knew he would appreciate Eat, Brains, Love. It’s got everything you need from a movie — high school insanity, zombie sex, action, zombie sex (again) and over the top violence,” said DiSanto in statement.

The companies are currently in talks with potential screenwriters. No distribution platforms have yet been announced.

Gunpowder has launched in January by Toffler and former Endemol head of global strategy Floris Bauer, with a mission to create cross-platform content, including theatrical and digital film releases. Recent partnerships from the studio include those with prodcos Cut and Shareability, both of which specialize in short-form, viral content.

WME negotiated the recent movie deal on behalf of Full Fathom Five. Full Fathom Five, founded by author James Frey, recently backed another young adult digital project, StyleHaul’s upcoming scripted Go90 series Relationship Status.

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