Channel 4 has ordered Generation Z, a six episode satirical zombie comedy drama from Ben Wheatley. It is being produced by The Forge – the independent production company behind Jack Thorne’s trilogy of Channel 4 dramas (National Treasure, Kiri, and The Light).
Generation Z is set against the backdrop of a bleak future for today’s youth – seemingly-endless austerity, astronomical house prices, insurmountable student debt, a political system which appears intent on destroying itself. And to add insult to injury, their hard-earned taxes are being eaten up by smug, self-satisfied, small-minded, “Little Englander” pensioners whose remaining sole purpose in life is to make it a misery for everyone else.
In a small British town, tensions come to a head when a mysterious military convoy crashes outside the Sunnywise Retirement Home. The vehicles were carrying a toxic substance, which, as a result of the crash, leaks into the local environment and infects the residents of the retirement community. The symptoms of this infection quickly manifest – an overwhelming appetite for raw flesh. They’re old, they’re angry and they’re on the rampage. As the military scrambles to control the outbreak and keep everything out of the media spotlight, a group of regular teenagers find themselves in the thick of the battle against these flesh-eating baby boomers.
“Ben is a unique creative force, and I’m delighted that he’s bringing this hilarious, frightening and political horror series to Channel 4″, said Channel 4’s Head of Drama Caroline Hollick, who commissioned the series alongside Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Lee Mason. “I can’t wait to see him transform the zombie genre into something both outrageous and cannily perceptive.”
While The Forge founder George Faber, who serves as an executive producer alongside Ben Wheatley and Mark Pybus, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the hugely talented Ben Wheatley on his epic comic horror series and very much look forward to discovering how Generation Z will fight the plague of Baby Boomer zombies who are after their young flesh.”