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Today is the day for book adaptation trailers, The Girl With All The Gifts was first a book and now a movie.  However, this breaks from traditional book adaptations in that the screenplay was written by the author of the book, Mike Carey or M.R. Carey.  In theory, this will stay as true as it can to the source material.

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second- generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.

The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.

When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

That’s right!  It’s a zombie movie!

Now, I’ll be first to admit to zombie fatigue, I normally adore just about any zombie iteration that I come in contact with but we have been on a zombie kick for quite a while now and I admit to early stages of burnout.  As a result I heavily curate what zombie stuff I read, watch, play now.  While it has shades of The Last of Us, the story looks promising and unique enough to get my excitement back in gear.

Releasing in the UK on September 23, no release date has been set for the US yet.   While we wait, think I’ll wander over and find the book.


Directed by Colm McCarthy.

Written by Mike Carey.

Starring Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Anamaria Marinca, Dominique Tipper, and Fisayo Akinade.


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