BLOOD-THIRSTY zombies look set to take over a derelict city centre shop.
Joplings could play host to swathes of hungry zombies if a production company reaches its goal of raising enough funds to make a horror film in its home region.
Eze As Pi Productions is hoping film fans will help it create feature-length film, Too Young to Die.
A promotional teaser has already been made in Seaham, featuring eight-year-old Darienne Thompson, who inspired the film.
Dad Wayne Thompson, who runs Eze as Pi with Henry Thompson and James Thompson, said: “I do make-up effects for films on a freelance basis and my daughter was watching me make some zombie make-up for a film, when she said ‘dad, if the zombies came, would you protect me?’
“I said ‘of course, I would’ but then I thought ‘what if I couldn’t, how would kids cope?’” Wayne, from Seaham, has launched a campaign on crowd-funding website Indiegogo to raise the £500,000 needed to shoot the film and get it into cinemas.
“It would only cost half that if we just released it straight to DVD, but we really want to promote the area and give film-making in the area a chance,” he said.
“If we get the money, we may have to draft in one or two big-name actors to sell it, but apart from that we’ll be using local children, actors and crew. We want to keep it original.” Wayne, who is also dad to Kyle, 14, said he hopes to film in Seaham and Sunderland – and would love to use Joplings if they get permission.
•For more information on the film and to help its funding, visit www.wearetooyoungtodie.com.