Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
With zombies, vampires, and aliens all hot in Hollywood right now, why pick one supernatural creature when you can have all three? That seems to be the reasoning behind The Kitchen Sink, a 2010 Black List script that pits humans, zombies, and vampires against an alien invasion. Jonah Hill was in talks to make his directorial debut with the film back in March, but he’s since departed, and now indie director Robbie Pickering is set to take over at the helm. More details after the jump.
Described as “The Breakfast Club meets Zombieland,” Oren Uziel‘s script sees human high school kids getting attacked by zombies, who in turn get attacked by vampires. However, when aliens descend on Earth, the humans, zombies, and vampires are forced to band together to defend their planet. It’s a premise I could see being utterly ridiculous in either direction — good or bad — but the fact that the screenplay was good enough to land on the Black List seems like a promising sign. (Not that all Black List scripts turn into great movies, but still.) Uziel is a relative newcomer, with just the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth on his resume.
Pickering is a fairly fresh face as well. The Kitchen Sink will be his second feature, after his his debut comedy Natural Selection, which he also wrote. While I haven’t seen Natural Selection myself, it seems to be very well regarded. The film won the audience and jury awards for Best Narrative Feature at last year’s SXSW, as well as Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Score/Music, and Breakthrough Performance. In addition, it was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, though it lost to Aaron Schneider’s Get Low.
The Kitchen Sink is set up at Sony Pictures, with Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) on board to produce. No start date or cast has been announced at this time.