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Aussie zombie sequel “WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE” is now set to terrorize the world

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The follow-up to 2014’s WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD has landed distribution.

XYZ Films has announced its acquisition of global distribution rights (minus Australia) for WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE, which will hit U.S. screens in 2022 via its new North American release division. Original director Kiah Roache-Turner is back at the helm, with a script by Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner and Luke McKenzie (“Wentworth”), Goran D. Kleut (ALIEN: COVENANT, HACKSAW RIDGE), Bianca Bradey and Shantae Barnes-Cowan starring. The synopsis: “The film follows the story of a soldier in a zombie-infested Australian wasteland who has dedicated his life to tracking and capturing survivors for the Surgeon General in hopes of finding a cure.”

“As soon as our head of international acquisitions Todd Brown sent word this film was available, I had to have it,” says James Emanuel Shapiro, EVP of XYZ Films’ distribution label. “It’s nonstop from the opening frame to the explosive last frame. We are tremendously excited to work on this film and want to make sure genre audiences know that not every horror film these days is sad and depressing. This film will make zombies fun again!”

“The crew at XYZ are unquestionably our favorite people in the business,” say the Roache-Turners. “They were among the first to believe in us back when we released our debut film, they did a cracking job launching it and have remained our good friends to this day. Having them jump back onboard with WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE honestly felt like coming home. They are the best at what they do, always super-passionate and, most importantly, they make filmmaking fun again.” Also part of the upcoming XYZ slate is SOMETHING IN THE DIRT, the latest from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (SPRING, THE ENDLESS, SYCHRONIC).

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.