Free Fire, High Rise and A Field in England director Ben Wheatley is to make Generation Z, a new 6-part series for Channel 4 that sees rapacious baby boomers and disaffected teenagers literally at each other’s throats.
Produced by The Forge, the 6 X 60’ comedy drama is a satire of the divisions between the older baby boomer generation and the youthful ‘Generation Z’.
“The future looks bleak for today’s youth – seemingly-endless austerity, astronomical house prices, insurmountable student debt, a political system which appears intent on destroying itself… And to add insult to injury, their hard-earned taxes are being eaten up by the old – smug, self-satisfied, small-minded, “Little Englander” pensioners whose remaining sole purpose in life is to make it a misery for everyone else.”
The action takes place in a small British town where a mysterious military convoy crashes outside the Sunnywise Retirement Home. The vehicles were carrying a toxic substance which infects the residents of the retirement community. “The symptoms of this infection quickly manifest – an overwhelming appetite for raw flesh. They’re old, they’re angry and they’re on the rampage. A group of regular teenagers find themselves in the thick of the battle against these flesh-eating baby boomers.”
Generation Z is billed as a “compelling, macabre, timely, outrageous, and scabrous satire presenting a modern Britain at war with itself.”
Ben Wheatley says: “I’m excited to be working with Channel 4 and The Forge. Generation Z is my first original created TV project and I couldn’t think of better partners.”
Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama at Channel 4, says: “Ben is a unique creative force, and I’m delighted that he’s bringing this hilarious, frightening and political horror series to Channel 4. I can’t wait to see him transform the zombie genre into something both outrageous and cannily perceptive.”
George Faber, Executive Producer, says: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the hugely talented Ben Wheatley on his epic comic horror series and very much look forward to discovering how Generation Z will fight the plague of Baby Boomer zombies who are after their young flesh.”
Generation Z is produced by The Forge for Channel 4 and has been commissioned by Channel 4’s Head of Drama Caroline Hollick and Commissioning Editor Lee Mason. The 6 X 60’ series will go into production in 2020 and will be Executive Produced by Ben Wheatley, Mark Pybus and George Faber. It is written and directed by Ben Wheatley.
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