Black Summer is coming to Netflix, offering a more dramatic and intense take on the zombie apocalypse genre; an idea seemingly contradictory to series production company The Asylum, which (besides the Sharknado TV movie franchise,) was responsible for Syfy’s schlocky serial take on the genre, Z Nation, which was recently canceled after five seasons. Yet, with the genre still spear-headed by AMC’s ratings-declining (but still potent) The Walking Dead, the onus on this new series will be to prove that zombies aren’t passé.
Indeed, Black Summer is the creation of Z Nation co-creator/executive producer Karl Schaefer and the Syfy show’s co-executive producer, John Hyams, with both serving as showrunners and writers. The project was given a straight-to-series order for eight episodes back in July 2018.
Black Summer Trailer
The trailer for Netflix’s Black Summer has arrived, showcasing the onset of a zombie apocalypse scenario primarily through the eyes of an embattled mother (Jaime King), who, amidst the chaos and whooshing of military jets, is just trying to get her young daughter to a safe place. As you can see, the action – and the camera work – on this series is frenetic, which emphasizes the overwhelming immediacy of the crisis in lieu of showy spectacle. However, there’s plenty of jump-scares to keep you on your toes.
As the official logline reads:
Set in the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, BLACK SUMMER stars Jaime King as Rose, a mother torn from her daughter who embarks upon a harrowing journey to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, these complete strangers must find the strength they need to fight their way back to loved ones. But in order for Rose and her team to brave this hostile new world, they will need to make brutal decisions to contend with zombies – and each other.
Black Summer Release Date
Black Summer is set to premiere on Netflix on April 11.
Black Summer Cast
Jaime King stars in the series as the maternal protagonist, Rose. The actress, who fielded a four-season TV run on The CW’s Hart of Dixie, recently made appearances in films such as Escape Plan 2: Hades and Bitch, having burst onto the scene in early 2000s films such as Blow, Pearl Harbor, Bulletproof Monk and Sin City. She’s set to join Sylvester Stallone to reprise her role in Escape Plan: The Extractors, which is set to arrive sometime this year.
Sal Velez Jr. (Mayans M.C., Hand of God) co-stars on the series as William Velez.