Moving Pictures Media Group Launches Multimedia Rights Division with New Zombie Thriller "100 Days of Death"

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The "zombie genre" has long captivated movie-going audiences, so when Hollywood development house Moving Pictures Media Group signed a six-film distribution deal, the first project greenlighted for production was the adaptation of Ray Ellingsen's zombie novel, 100 Days of Death. Capitalizing on its expanding assets, MPMG also announced the launch of its Multimedia Rights division, headed by MPMG Producer Ed Kramer, to develop and license literary and graphic novel, interactive media, and computer game rights for each project.

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100 Days of Death is a zombie novel for people who don't like zombie novels. The diary entries have the rushed and terminal quality of someone actually living through an apocalypse.

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and movie audiences just can't get enough. So when Hollywood development house Moving Pictures Media Group signed a six-film distribution deal, the first project greenlighted for production was the adaptation of Ray Ellingsen's zombie novel, 100 Days of Death. Capitalizing on its expanding assets, MPMG also announced the launch of its Multimedia Rights division, to develop and license literary and graphic novel, interactive media, and computer game rights for each project.

While the "zombie genre" has matured quite a bit between George Romero's 1968 b/w classic Night of the Living Dead and Frank Darabont's 2011 splatter, gore, and pop-culture infused adaptation of The Walking Dead for AMC, each offers the insatiable challenge to viewers: what would you do to survive? MondoCult Magazine publisher and author, Brad Linaweaver, says of Ellingsen's novel, "100 Days of Death is a zombie novel for people who don't like zombie novels. The diary entries have the rushed and terminal quality of someone actually living through an apocalypse."

FilmProfit, an MPMG strategic partner with twenty years experience in film industry analysis, picked Ellingsen's title as the first of the films green-lighted for production. Similar in theme to Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and Alex Garland's 28 Days Later, Producer Jean Luc Martin notes, "100 Days of Death is one the most action-oriented project we've seen, capitalizing on Ellingsen's own experience as a veteran trainer of US Military specialists and renown martial arts instructor." "Survival is the theme," adds Linaweaver, "This novel is really about one hundred days of life."

Heading MPMG's new Multimedia Rights Division is Producer Ed Kramer, a specialist in the "undead" himself, with three volumes of original fiction set in CCP Games / WhiteWolf's World of Darkness. An award-winning writer and editor, Kramer also headed projects with Neil Gaiman (Sandman) and James O'Barr (The Crow), and published volumes of work for Harlan Ellison (Twilight Zone), Fritz Leiber (Lankhmar) and Michael Moorcock (Elric). He is presently developing an interactive science-fiction-based game platform with Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch.

Additional film projects by MPMG in development are Churchill Club, Dinosaur Girl, Lawman, Monsters, and Rogue. "All of the stories are not only engaging, but also hold commercial value to the degree that they will merit theatrical distribution," states Synergetic Distribution Partner René Leda. 100 Days of Death is presently scheduled for a Summer 2012 release; literary, graphic novel, and game rights are in negotiation.

To receive current info on Moving Pictures Media Group projects, press 'Like" on their Facebook page or contact JL(at)MovingPicturesMG(dot)com. For information on acquiring literary publication or interactive game rights for 100 Days of Death, contact MMRights(at)MovingPicturesMG(dot)com or call (310) 492-5540.

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