EXCLUSIVE: Zombies continue to be a hot TV subject. I’ve learned that E4 has put a 6 episode Zombie series into development. This project is an hour-long series and is being re-developed from a feature film produced in 2009 titled I Spit On Your Rave. That feature, which was a co-production between Film4 and Warp Films, was filmed at The Big Chill Festival 2009 and was supposed to be released in 2010. I hear that the feature never saw the light of day and instead the decision was made to re-develop the film as a weekly series for E4 earlier this year. Details are being kept firmly under wraps, but I hear that E4 has commissioned six scripts which are being written by Chris Boyle. Word is that the weekly series will incorporate as much of the footage shot in 2009 as possible. As the production company behind the original feature, I’m told that Warp Films will produce the series, should it receive a pick up, with Peter Carlton serving as producer.
The original feature film I Spit On Your Rave was written and directed by Boyle and was described as a mockumentary which documented the first post-apocalyptic zombie music festival. Set in 2018, six years after a virus released at the 2012 Olympic games caused a Zombie uprising, Zombies now dominate the earth – with no humans left to feed on. Meaning that the Zombie population has nothing to do, leading to the idea to create the first post-apocalyptic music festival curated by the undead. The original shoot featured Tom Meeten and Noel Fielding. It’s unclear if either Meeten or Fielding will reprise their roles or if they will be recast should the series get a green-light from E4. The 2009 shoot of I Spit On Your Rave also has the distinction of winning a Guinness World Record for “Most Amount of Zombies Captured on Camera”.