Zombies, the old west, and ’90s boy bands — three things that seem to have absolutely nothing in common. Until now.
In an idea that is outlandish enough to actually work, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has joined forces with his fellow boy bands for a Syfy original film called Dead 7, described as a post-apocalyptic zombie western.
As its stars, Dead 7 turned to four 90s boy bands, whose names every 30-something remembers: Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, 98 Degrees, and O-Town, CBS News reported.
The movie has been in the works for a while, and its epic trailer was released Friday to much buzz. Dead 7 will premiere on April 1 on the Syfy network.
Carter has taken the lead role, with fellow Boys AJ McLean and Howie Dorough, NYSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees, and O-Town’s Erik-Michael Estrada, Jacob Underwood, Trevor Penick, and Dan Miller in supporting roles.
Evidently, Justin Timberlake sat this one out.
Dead 7 is actually Carter’s brainchild. He originally came up with the idea about “a reluctant hero destined to unite this group of unlikely heroes in the ultimate zombie showdown.” The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic alternate timeline and revolves around a “ragtag group” of men who battle the undead, United Press International added.
Carter plays Jack, the “reluctant hero,” and also directs the movie. In a report about the movie last year, Joey also plays a hero and AJ is the “apprentice” to the film’s villain.
Nick himself admitted that the movie was a bit off-kilter — in a good way.
“Think about it. Boy-banders, people from the late ’90s, people who you love, fighting zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. Pretty crazy, right?”
It should come as no surprise that Dead 7 was made by the same people who gave the world Sharknado. Carter produced the film alongside The Asylum, a company famous for making fun B-movies, UPROXX noted. The screenplay was tackled by Sawyer Perry, BuzzFeed added.
Anyone who likes The Walking Dead and pines for the days when boy bands populated the radio waves will surely be interested in this campy, bloody, action-filled movie. The trailer, an odd combination of post-apocalyptic grit and pop music, promises nothing but fun. It reveals wild west landscapes filled with grizzled cowboys, zombies growling and groping through a shoddily-constructed log wall, babes grabbing their machetes, and a lot of serious, sweating people pointing guns.
Among the best lines: “I have to go save the day, no big deal.” And this, from Mr. Fatone, “they’re everywhere! And I’m running out of whiskey.”
Without going into detail, Fatone said months ago that working on the movie was “like therapy” for him and his fellow boy banders. He also rejected all of the rumors that the now-graying singers were in a feud.
“We shared the same management, same label… but they would always kinda keep us away, apart, but there was actually no legitimate reason,” he said, adding that the fights were created by bored media.
So it should come as no surprise to see these guys battling zombies together in Dead 7. When the movie poster debuted earlier this month, E! News recalled an interview with Carter, who said he and his fellow boy-banders have been “friends for a long time.” Dead 7 was the perfect way to get together and have fun.
“I wanted my friends in the film with me. What is more fun than riding horses and being zombies shooting things? Even as a kid I loved horror films, this was always something I wanted to do.”
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