200701111158So often we here at SBM and elsewhere annouce the optioning of some comics property and then it is never heard of again. Well here’s a wee update on the status of DEAD WEST, a film based on the Rick Spears//Rob G Zombie Western. Director Adam (HATCHET) Green is still planning to make the pic.

Reflecting a palpable desire to get back in the horror game, Green says he and WEST’s producers were eager to move the project along in lieu of subjecting it to cobweb growth until the director is through with GOD. “So far, working with Jacob has been awesome,” he says. “We’re approaching this as a true Western…that just so happens to be splattered with extremely gory horror and violence. I’m sure fans of the graphic novel will appreciate that we’re not looking to make yet another ‘zombie flick.’ Just imagine one of the Leone spaghetti Westerns—if the Indians came back from the dead and can still fight as viciously and intelligently as they did in life. It’s going to be brutal.”

If all goes smoothly, WEST is eyeing the end of this year for a production start—unless HATCHET’s bayou-bathing bully, Victor Crowley, interferes. “With the latest flurry of praise for HATCHET [due in theaters this April] coming in, talks about HATCHET 2 are getting more and more specific. All I know is that Victor Crowley is ready to come back for more.”