Rumors of a sequel to Bruce McDonald’s verbal virus/zombie saga Pontypool (based on the novel by Tony Burgess, who wrote the screenplay) have swirled for years; but with no news on Pontypool Changes since 2012, most of us figured the project was DOA. Not so, according to the folks at Bloody Disgusting, who have just reported a sequel (of sorts) is coming soon
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It’s a bit complicated, but here are the basics: McDonald and Burgess have reteamed on a project called Dreamland; it’s described as a “darkly comedic tale about a reluctant hitman who chases his jazz legend doppelganger through a city populated by street urchins, a vampire, and a crime kingpin.” In a recent Tweet on the status of the project, Burgess described it as a sequel. When asked for clarification, he replied:
“Well, it’s a strange thing… a sequel to the post-credit non-sequitur scene, with McHattie and [Lisa] Houle and Juliette Lewis and Henry Rollins. It’s in post now.”
Per Bloody Disgusting:
The ending of the original Pontypool film (SPOILER ALERT) shows McHattie and Houle in some kind of fever dream otherworld shot in black and white, speaking to each other in a strange slang language and dressed in period garb. Burgess says this new movie is a sequel to that segment, but not really to the rest of the original movie.
So, does that mean we’ll ever get to see a genuine sequel to the beloved cult film? While it might be a tad premature to celebrate just yet, Burgess seems confident.
“The same producers [as Dreamland] are on the Pontypool sequel and have some confidence we will go in production this year,” he says. And as for the title, once thought to be Pontypool Changes? “It’s called Typo Chan,” he says, adding, “Haha!”
We’ll keep our ears to the ground to keep you additional Dreamland/Pontypool related news as details emerge. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the trailer and synopsis for 2008’s Pontypool below.
Official Synopsis: When disc jockey Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it’s just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission: the English language.
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