Members of the hit 1990s boy bands Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC are joining forces for a new horror movie entitled Dead 7. The movie, described as a zombie Western, will be produced by The Asylum, the company responsible for the Sharknado franchise. Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter is writing the script, which centers on, "a ragtag band of gunslingers" who join forces to fight off a zombie invasion. He has a starring role as well. Here's what he had to say about the project in an interview with Rolling Stone.
"It's a zombie Western futuristic horror movie. My character is still being worked out right now, but I'm a good guy that's going to help save the day. There's a wish list of people that I want. I want it to be musically based. I might reach out to Jordan [Knight] from the New Kids on the Block."
Also starring in the zombie movie are Backstreet Boys' Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean, along with *NSYNC's Joey Fatone. As of now, Joey Fatone is the only member of *NSYNC on board, which means that Justin Timberlake likely won't star. The actor-musician hasn't appeared in a movie since 2013's Inside Llewyn Davis. Here's what Joey Fatone had to say about the other musicians Nick Carter wants to bring in for the movie.
"I get to be the drunk... Typecast! I'm the only *NSYNC-er as of now, but you never know. Nick's vision is to bring some other people in that genre that have never really done a lot of film but that were in music in the Nineties and 2000s. We've never done anything together collectively. People always think [Backstreet and 'NSync] are some sort of rivals. But it's so funny - there's never been animosity or anything like that. Now we're setting the record straight by doing a film together."
The project doesn't have a director in place at this time, and it isn't known when production may take place quite yet. Given The Asylum's history with the Syfy Network, through their Sharknado movies, it's possible that the movie could end up on the network, but it isn't known if they're targeting a theatrical release for Dead 7 or not. Here's what The Asylum's David Latt had to say in a statement.
"What [Nick Carter] came to us with was a big idea of pop music stars in a genre setting. A lot of the platforms, distributors and companies we work with responded to that immediately and we knew we had something we should move forward with."
Would you watch members of Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC team up for Dead 7? What other musicians from the 1990s and 2000s would you like to see? The project is still in the early stages of development at this time, and it isn't clear when production may begin, or if there is a release schedule in place yet. Stay tuned for more updates on Dead 7 as soon as more information comes in.