The story is set in a fictional near future that is ravaged by political strife across the globe. The Philippines is torn between rival factions; on one end are the hardliners supporting the president who endorses vigilantism, in the middle are his opponents who have sided with wealthy business people who control many of the local governments, and on the far end is an unseen violent muslim extremist warlord who vows to destroy them all. The secluded war-torn jungles of this vigilante wild west(east) are a perfect environment for clandestine U.S. operatives to test out their latest weapons against the muslim warlord without human rights oversight.
"I set this in an exotic location because these are Americans who look different than everyone else which makes it harder for a couple on the run to survive," said writer/director Walter Boholst. "How do you hide when you stick out like a sore thumb? But also as a genre movie it also gives it some spice and a different visual dynamic like “District 9” or “Slumdog Millionaire” had."
"We've seen The Walking Dead in southern US backroads. We've seen a million post-apocalyptic zombie hordes and even more zombies attacking warehouses. What we haven't seen is a zombie movie that focuses on the human character arc and set in a situation that mirrors things going on in the real world. The Philippines DOES have a president who encourages murdering criminals. There are violent extremist muslim Al Quaeda and ISIS cells there. If you take this already volatile soup and mix it with a break-neck infected chase movie you have an assault on the senses that's grounded in the real world which helps it rise above the normal genre movie."
ALFRED (male lead) - proposed actors
Alfred, 40, is a brilliant bio-engineering scientist who believed his top-secret military inventions would help end wars. After a horrible accident in his lab at Area 51 that left several mutated he was banished. He then made a living developing vaccines and treatments to bio-weapons for some unsavory characters in the darker corners of 3rd world skirmishes. He carries around a tremendous amount of guilt for what he's done and for dragging his wife through war zones to cure the sick in an effort to clear his conscience.
ZOE (female lead) - proposed actors
Zoe, mid 30's, is the picture of a loyal wife. Longing for a "normal" life someday with kids and the white picket fence, she's a bit bitter that's she's had to endure this life traipsing through some of the worst places in the world with her husband. But her love for him is greater than her regret and she knows they're helping people that can't help themselves. She just wonders if she's reached the point where she's the one who needs help before she breaks.
Writer Boholst expounds, "The emotional crux of the film is the love story between Alfred and Zoe. This is a marriage crumbling. They both think the other one is selfish. She says he’s too obsessed with his work and he says she’s withdrawn from him. Over the course of the movie they express these things to each other while hurt, chased, and running for their lives. Zoe knows she’ll eventually turn into a zombie and attack Alfred so she wants him to go on without her and get back to the lab to produce the cure for the rest of the city. Of course the whole time Alfred desperately wants to save Zoe’s life."
"He’s driven by the guilt that it’s partly his fault she got infected. So there are some relationship issues we may have experienced ourselves where one person knows that if they stay together someone will get even more hurt, while the other person knows in their heart of hearts that if they can just get through this rough patch they can save the relationship. This emotional spine is the same tragic stuff of high drama but the stakes and situation are different because it’s a life and death situation, because it’s a zombie virus, because people are chasing them and trying to bash their heads in."
"But they learn to overcome their selfishness by sacrificing for each other. By the climax they are both forced to choose between their life and their spouse’s life. This progression of a marriage is what grounds the fast-paced sci-fi horror genre tale."
HANK (supporting) - proposed actors
Hank, 50's, is a high-ranking US military officer who ran the Area 51 lab where Alfred's accident happened. They used to be best friends but the finger-pointing that ensued splintered them. Hank participates in some military activities that Alfred deems "questionable." But Hank is unblinded by his patriotism and sense of justice. Despite their differences, Hank knows that the only person that can save the planet from the weaponized bio-weapon is the person that created it, his former best friend.