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If you were ever a boy scout, you might remember that the certification process for eagle scout was incredibly grueling. You had to learn all those knots, go to the Scoutmaster Conference, and strike down the walking dead with a well aimed blow to the head. Wait a minute... one of those things seems out of place. Luckily, smiting a flesh-eater won't seem so foreign to the scout curriculum when Paramount releases its upcoming horror-comedy 'Boy Scouts vs. Zombies.' The film, whose first draft has been written by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki (the team behind 'College Road Trip'), will center on a group of heroic young scouts who must save a girl scout troop besieged by a horde of zombies during a camping trip. Comedy writer Etan Cohen, who's pen has touched the likes of 'Tropic Thunder,' 'Madagascar 2,' and recently 'MIB III,' is currently negotiating to make 'Scouts vs. Zombies' his directorial debut. No word yet on when shooting will begin.
Just when you thought zombie movies were dead, they slowly stagger back to their feet and shamble on. We've got a new 'Resident Evil' movie and 'World War Z' due out later this year, and oddball z-romance 'Warm Bodies' set for release early next year just to name a few. As much as I worry 'Boy Scouts vs. Zombies' will merely ride the coattails of this ceaseless trend and not venture past its titular gimmick, and as much as the writing team instills little confidence, part of me really likes the idea of a group of kids facing down a supernatural threat of this kind. There is something so wonderfully 80s about that construct. Hell, 'Boy Scouts vs. Zombies' could end up being the next 'Monster Squad' ('Monster Troop?'). Again, this is all stabbing in the dark until we actually see the film. The one thing I can tell you from my few years as a boy scout is that nothing so interesting as a zombie attack ever happened during our jamborees... nope, just lots of super boring canoeing.
What do you guys think? Does this concept have legs? Do you think zombies will have the same unnatural craving for Thin Mints that we do?