EXCLUSIVE: Weekly World News – the supermarket newspaper behind characters as crazy as Bat Boy, Manigator, P’lod the Alien, Ph.D. Ape and SpyCat – starts an entertainment division.
Weekly World News Studios will focus on developing film, television and podcast projects based on the company’s library of over 110,000 articles and 300+ original characters.
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WWN Editor-in-Chief Greg D’Alessandro will lead the entertainment division as CEO; Veteran theater producer Joe Corcoran will serve as Director of Development.
“The interest in WWN IP has been enormous in recent years. We have a huge library of colorful characters and highly creative stories that we are developing with our talented in-house writers and with various production partners, ”said D’Alessandro. “We are excited to see what lies ahead and look forward to finally bringing Weekly World News to the world of television, film and digital media.”
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The first film to be released by Weekly World News Studios is an adaptation of The Zombie Wedding, the interactive piece written by D’Alessandro and produced by Corcoran. The project is touted as a horror comedy with music and is somewhere between The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shaun of the Dead.
In it, a young South Carolina couple decides to hold their long-awaited wedding – during the zombie apocalypse! Unfortunately, he’s a zombie and she isn’t. Their families are nervous, but people prove to be overly judgmental. As the zombies begin to feel mindless, the ceremony takes a turn for the weird. WWN reporters are there to cover this wild wedding while trying to get out alive.
Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam, Red Pill) -winning actress, writer and producer will lead the project that D’Alessandro and Corcoran will produce. Acclaimed jazz fusion / funk guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly is also on board to create his score.
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“Our goal is to give all of our projects a feeling of joy, amazement and surrealistic fun. Zombie Wedding is the perfect project to open our studios, ”said D’Alessandro. “As an interactive theatrical event with audiences of all ages, it was an excellent success. We know that the movie audience will have a lot of fun watching the film. “
“I’m really excited to bring my two great loves – musicals and zombies – together!” Added Pinkins.
Weekly World News was founded in 1979. In the over 40 years since then, it has grown into a global brand, followed by millions of fans.
WWN peaked at 1.2 million per issue in 2003 and continues to have a strong online and social media presence under the direction of D’Alessandro and President David Collins. The tabloid returned to print this April with WWN’s Greatest Covers.