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Vegan Zombie movie 'A44' hits fundraising goal; will film in Syracuse

Vegan Zombie movie 'A44' hits fundraising goal; will film in Syracuse

Vegan Zombie movie 'A44' hits fundraising goal; will film in Syracuse Vegan Zombie movie 'A44' hits fundraising goal; will film in Syracuse

"The Vegan Zombie" movie has reached its fundraising goal and revealed some big names are in talks.

"Vegan Zombie" creator Chris Cooney will star, co-direct, co-write and produce the project, tentatively titled "A44," with co-director and co-writer Brooklyn Hudson. "A44" reached its Kickstarter fundraising goal Wednesday with more than $85,000 from over 1,000 backers; additional funds will come from sponsors, investors, and grants.

"A44" is expected to begin filming in the Syracuse area soon, aiming for an October 2019 release.

The c ast has not been finalized. Cooney tells that several big-name actors from films like "Elf," "The Goonies," "E.T." and "Twilight" are in negotiations for roles in the movie.

"I was 6-years-old when I first watched 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' and the film changed my life forever," Cooney, a Chittenango High School graduate who lives in Liverpool, says. "I became captivated by the big screen, and later, the genre of horror... At age 16, when all my friends were buying cars, I saved my money and purchased a camcorder.

"It's been my lifelong dream to direct a feature film and beyond my wildest dreams to cast this film with the very actors who inspired me and had the biggest impact on my early life and passion for film."

Moby will also contribute music to the movie, Cooney confirmed Wednesday. The Grammy-nominated electronic musician, best known for his 1999 album "Pla y," is a vegan and animal rights activist.

"A44" is based on the plot of "The Vegan Zombie" and its accompanying graphic novel cookbook, "The Vegan Zombie - Cook & Survive," following a zombie outbreak originating from the meat and dairy supply. Vegans like Harley Landon (Cooney), his loyal dog Indy, and his love interest Vanessa are unaffected by the virus, but must search for a cure while others are infected and turned into violent and mindless killers.

"I've always done films and I love the horror genre, and I've been vegan for half my life," Cooney told in 2013. "So I wanted to incorporate everything that I like into one thing... I wrote a script for a movie called 'The Vegan Zombie' where the virus was transmitted through the meat and the dairy that the people ate, so naturally the vegans were one step ahead."

Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately stated Steven Yeun was in negotiations for the movie. A rep for the actor says it is not true .

"The Vegan Zombie," still based in Central New York, has only grown in popularity over the past five years. The YouTube channel has more than 160,000 subscribers and its videos, featuring celebrity guests like Moby and Syracuse native Bobcat Goldthwait along with recipes for vegan pizza, omelets, breakfast burritos, chocolate cake and more, have been viewed over 10 million times.

For more information, visit their Facebook page, YouTube channel and official site.

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