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Animal Planet developing scripted zombie animal drama

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Zombie Monkey
IDW

Even animals are not immune from zombism.

Animal Planet is developing a scripted live-action zombie animal saga based on the graphic novel The Other Dead, EW has learned exclusively.

From IDW publishing, the graphic novel is set in Louisiana during the “next Hurricane Katrina,” and tells the story of an eclectic cast of characters thrown together into a nightmarish world of undead animals and unrelenting storms. The graphic novel hails from Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch, who will both be involved in some capacity. No executive producers or writers are attached yet.

“Our stylistic and creative ambitions as a network happily found their echo in the pages of The Other Dead,” says Kurt Tondorf, vice president of development at Animal Planet. “We’re rabid about bringing Josh and Digger’s bold, wry, and unrelenting vision to life.”

Ortega adds,  “The entire creative team could not be more excited about this partnership, and the timing for The Other Dead series could not be more perfect. Zombie animal meets Animal Planet? Sounds like we have some serious undead fun ahead of us.”

The Other Dead, which is the network’s first pre-existing scripted project Animal Planet has optioned, joins a vast list of projects based on graphic novels, including fellow zombie drama The Walking Dead, Fox’s Gotham, The CW’s The Flash, Arrow, and iZombie, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. DC Comics also has Titans, Lucifer and Supergirl in development.

Animal Planet is targeting early 2016 for The Other Dead’s premiere.