Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter is to write and star in the film, provisionally titled 'Dead 7'
Members of ’90s boybands the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync are to join forces for a “zombie Western” movie from the makers of Sharknado.
Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter is to write and star in the film, joined by his bandmates Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean, plus ‘NSync’s Joey Fatone. Carter is also considering adding another ’90s boyband star to the cast: Jordan Knight from New Kids On The Block.
Discussing the film, which has been provisionally titled Dead 7, Carter told 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.”
David Michael Latt of production company The Asylum, best known for the so-terrible-it’s-entertaining Sharknado franchise, said the film is already sparking interest in Hollywood. “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,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Fatone said the film should help to dispel rumours that the two boybands were rivals during their ’90s chart heyday. “We’ve never done anything together collectively. People always think [we’re] 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,” he said.
Backstreet Boys released their most recent album, ‘In A World Like This’, in 2013. The corresponding world tour drew to a close this June. ‘NSync last reunited to perform together at the MTV VMAs in 2013.