Broken Road Production’s Todd Garner has teamed up with Adam Herz and Joshua Shader of Terra Firma Films to produce an adaptation of Sullivan’s Sluggers, a horror baseball graphic novel by Mark Andrew Smith and James Stokoe.
Tom and Tim Mullen have been tapped to write the script.
Described by Smith as a "Major League meets Zombieland and then some,” Sluggers follows a has-been baseball manager Casey Sullivan and his dysfunctional minor league Sluggers who get an invitation to play a small venue game. Soon enough, they find themselves fighting for their lives against a town of shape-shifting monsters on a feeding frenzy and the has-beens and wannabes must use long-forgotten skills of teamwork to get out alive.
The creators are selling the 200-page graphic novel via a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com, raising six times their pledge goal in the first five days.
Garner, Herz, and Shader, who liked the graphic novel’s mix of terror and laughs and descibe it as an homage to the works of Sam Raimi and Goerge Romero, will be producing with Oric Scott De Las Casas and Sean Robins.
Smith is the Eisner & Harvey award-winning co-creator of Gladstone's School for World Conquerors, the New Brighton Archeological Society, and the Amazing Joy Buzzards, all published by Image Comics. Stokoe is the Eisner-nominated artist of indie comic Orc Stain.
Garner is a producer on the upcoming Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom while Herz is best known as the writer of the original American Pie movies.
Smith is repped by ICM Partners. The Mullens are repped by Kersey Management.