'The Herd' Optioned for Film
Things have been quiet on the publicity front while Tyler works on his stories with the help of a Literature Wales bursary. So it was nice for us at his publicity team to get a phone call the other day to confirm finalization of a deal that has long been in the works: Tyler's short story, 'The Herd,' has been optioned for adaptation into a feature film, by director Jeremy Ball. Jeremy comes from a visual effects background: he's worked on Zhang Yimou's Flowers of War, Jackie Chan's Forbidden Kingdom, and the Twilight Saga: Eclipse, among others. Recently his short film, 'Frost,' debuted at TIFF and picked up the Grand Jury Award for Best Canadian Short at the Edmonton International Film Festival. 'Frost' is set in a post-apocalyptic Arctic landscape and explores Inuit culture; those familiar with 'The Herd' can see why this is the perfect match: Tyler's story is set in Northern Canada, and offers a new take on the zombie genre, by blending it with the Wendigo myth. The original story was published in the Exile Editions anthology, Dead North.