ZOMBIES 4 (working title), the latest movie in the hugely popular ZOMBIES franchise, has received a green light from Disney Branded Television; it was announced today by Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television.
During the 2024 Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, Disney also announced that ZOMBIES: The Re-Animated Series, the franchise’s first-ever animated series, will debut this summer on Disney Channel and Disney+.
Production on ZOMBIES 4 will begin next month in New Zealand, with Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim set to reprise their roles as Addison and Zed, Seabrook’s star-crossed zombie/cheerleader couple. Donnelly and Manheim will also executive produce.
Newcomer Freya Skye and Disney Channel star Malachi Barton (Disney’s The Villains of Valley View) have been cast in the roles of new characters Nova and Victor, mysterious supernatural strangers whom Zed and Addison encounter during their summer travels.
The franchise’s fourth installment follows Zed and Addison as they embark on a road trip the summer after their first year of college. As adventures unfold, they unexpectedly discover the warring worlds of Sunnyside and Shadyside and come into contact with two new groups of monsters.
One of Disney Branded Television’s most successful franchises, the premiere telecasts of all three ZOMBIES films ranked No. 1 among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 when they debuted (2018, 2020, 2022) and have logged 253 million hours watched across linear and streaming since launch.
Additionally, music from the films has amassed over 2.7 billion streams across YouTube Music, Disney Channel YouTube, and Disney Music Vevo – while the soundtracks for ZOMBIES and ZOMBIES 3 hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top Kid Albums chart.
Overall, the ZOMBIES franchise has earned one certified platinum single and five certified gold singles from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ZOMBIES 4 brand extensions will include a cross-category product line of apparel, accessories, costumes, fashion dolls by Mattel, and more.
DGA Award-winner Paul Hoen, director of all three ZOMBIES films and a record-setting 16 Disney Channel Original Movies (The Luck of the Irish, Jump In, Let it Shine, Camp Rock 2), will helm ZOMBIES 4.
The movie was written by David Light and Joseph Raso (nominees for a Humanitas Prize for ZOMBIES) and Josh Cagan (Under Wraps 2). In addition to Manheim and Donnelly, the film’s executive producers include Hoen, Light, Raso, Jane Fleming (The Quest), and Mark Ordesky (The Lord of the Rings film trilogy).
Mahita P. Simpson is a co-executive producer on ZOMBIES 4, which is a production of Bloor Street Productions.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.