Coming for your grains: Vegan Zombie Movie ‘A44” Hits Fundraising Goal
Vegan Zombie movie ‘A44’ will film in Syracuse after hitting it’s fundraising goal.
Chris Cooney will star, co-direct, co-write and produce the The Vegan Zombie movie, tentatively titled “A44,” with co-director and co-writer Brooklyn Hudson. “A44” reached its fundraising goal Kickstarter on Wednesday with more than $85,000 from over 1,000 backers; with additional funds coming from sponsors, investors, and grants.
Although the cast has yet to be finalized, Cooney told syracuse.com that several big-name actors from films like “Elf,” “The Goonies,” “E.T.” and “Twilight” are in negotiations. “A44” is expected to begin filming in the Syracuse area soon, aiming for an October 2019 release.s in the movie.
“I was 6-years-old when I first watched ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ and the film changed my life forever,” Cooney, who lives in Liverpool, says. “I became captivated by the big screen, and later, the genre of horror… At age 16, when all my friends were buying cars, I saved my money and purchased a camcorder.
“It’s been my lifelong dream to direct a feature film and beyond my wildest dreams to cast this film with the very actors who inspired me and had the biggest impact on my early life and passion for film.”
Cooney confirmed Wednesday that Moby will also contribute music to the movie. This is a great fit as he Grammy-nominated electronic musician, best known for his 1999 album “Play,”is a vegan and animal rights activist.
“A44” is based on the plot of “The Vegan Zombie” and its accompanying graphic novel cookbook, “The Vegan Zombie – Cook & Survive,” following a zombie outbreak originating from the meat and dairy supply. Vegans like Harley Landon (Cooney), his loyal dog Indy, and his love interest Vanessa must search for a cure while others are infected and turned into violent killers.
“I’ve always done films and I love the horror genre, and I’ve been vegan for half my life,” Cooney told syracuse.com in 2013. “So I wanted to incorporate everything that I like into one thing… I wrote a script for a movie called ‘The Vegan Zombie’ where the virus was transmitted through the meat and the dairy that the people ate, so naturally the vegans were one step ahead.”
“The Vegan Zombie,” based in Central New York, has grown in popularity over the past five years. The YouTube channel has more than 160,000 subscribers and its videos, featuring celebrity guests like Moby and Syracuse native Bobcat Goldthwait along with recipes for vegan pizza, omelets, breakfast burritos, chocolate cake and more, have been viewed over 10 million times.
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