Focus Features announced Friday the visionary filmmaker has entered production on his next film: a zombie comedy titled The Dead Don't Die starring Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, and Steve Buscemi. "Jim Jarmusch has written a zombie script that's so hilarious and it has a cast of great actors ... it shoots over the summer". However, it's probably a good time for me to get back on the Jarmusch train. But that won't be the only familiar element for The Dead Don't Die. As for Jarmusch's potential inspiration for his latest film, he recently said he was thinking about having "a '70s zombie movie" as the film Driver and Golshifteh Farahani's characters go to in Paterson, before settling on Island of Lost Souls.
What he plans to do with the zombie genre is a mystery, but given what he did with vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive, it should be inventive and unique based on the acclaim that movie received. "But, no, I will not play a zombie". Now, the pair is reuniting for what sounds like one irresistable zombie movie - given Murray's celebrated cameo in 2009's Zombieland - the one downer being that Murray will not play a zombie.
For deep cut cinephiles, The Dead Don't Die will probably ring a bell, as it was also the title of Curtis Harrington's '75 horror-noir period piece that showcased a '30s sailor (George Hamilton) who connects his brother's wrongful execution to a madman's army of zombies.
Murray was seen in on-set photos obtained by the Daily Mail. Jarmusch has been working with Amazon a bunch on his last few projects, so The Dead Don't Die may be coming out through them once it's complete. No release date is set, but Jarmusch is no stranger to the Cannes, so it wouldn't be surprising if it ended up on the 2019 slate.