At least in terms of what is trending in this list of movies currently in production or development. Budgets on these projects vary but their potential to tell a good story with interesting ideas keeps my interest. Zombie concepts still represent a lot of entries into post-apocalyptic/dystopian movies but those filmmakers in this list are making efforts to be original in their approach. There are a couple titles in there that are also outside the type of material usually represented on this blog but they do have some elements or concepts that I find of interest.
Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature.
AD 2031: the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth.
The New West
Our story begins with a disgraced former Los Angeles Police detective Daniel Wise, who endures a near future deserted hostile LA environment where the Mayor has now been kidnapped and Daniel Wise is the only one who can save him, but can he do it with just a horse and sword?
A bounty hunter named Atticus Gage tracks down criminals in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Described by Warner Bros. as a futuristic actioner from a pitch by Miguel de Olaso and Bruno Zacarias.
The western frontier has re-emerged and, as in the past, a hero will answer the people's cry for justice.
Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.
The Rover is set in the Australian desert in a dangerous and dysfunctional near future. Eric has left everything and every semblance of human kindness behind him. When his last possession, his car, is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off to track them down and is forced along the way to enlist the help of Reynolds, the naive member of the gang left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang's most recent escape.
The Young Ones
A post apocalyptic project being developed byJake Paltrow.
Paani / Water
Thirty-five years into the future in a city with a population of 20 million people, a war has begun in the quest for water known as the Water Wars between those that have water and those that do not. At a time when water has become a weapon of social and economic control.
The story of Wool takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Humanity clings to survival in the Silos, a subterranean city extending over one hundred stories beneath the surface. The series initially follows the character of Holston, the sheriff of Silo-18, with subsequent volumes focusing on the characters of Juliette, Jahns, and Marnes. An ongoing story line of the series is the focus on the mystery behind the Silo and the secrets that it holds. The Silo's mystery is eventually revealed by the end of book five, with First Shift being a prequel to the series.
Based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's science fiction novel, which was the source material for video game of the same name.
The Fall is a modern take on The Odyssey, about a young man who makes his way cross country carrying with him the cure for a devastating plague. He’s hunted by men who want the cure for himself.
The Passage begins in the near future and details an apocalyptic and, later, post-apocalyptic world that is overrun by vampire-like beings who are infected by a highly contagious virus. What begins as a project to develop a new immunity-boosting drug based on a virus carried by an unnamed species of bat in South America eventually becomes the virus that transforms the world. The novel begins in 2014 and spans more than ninety years, as colonies of humans attempt to live in a world filled with superhuman creatures who are continually on the hunt for fresh blood.
One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.
All you need is Kill
A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.
Death Race : Inferno
The third installment in Frankensteins high octane adventure
The year is 2023 and the world is divided into two tribes - normal humans like us and those nicknamed the Blanks. Through a genetic defect, the Blanks have been born without proper facial features.
A new terrorist group is threatening the status quo. An extremist group of Blanks called the FUMATI can attack and kill anywhere and then disappear back into the population. Using hi-tech devices, they slip through security disguised as their victims. Now it is difficult to know who is the enemy and who is a friend.
Fear stalks the population.
Lenny (John Boyega) is part of the Creeping Zero crew, a security outfit tasked with hunting down the elusive Fumati. He is in love with Camille (Ashley Hinshaw) another member of the CZ squad. But in a full-on Fumati attack, she is snatched and disappears into the night.
Lenny quits the crew and goes in search of Camille. But soon the hunter becomes the hunted when he discovers the shocking truth about this conflict.
In the year 2159, two classes of people exist. The first are the very wealthy who live on Elysium, a pristine man-made space station similar in appearance to a Stanford Torus built by the Armadyne Corporation. The rest live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard-nosed government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That does not stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky ex-con Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
The continuing adventures of Katniss Everdeen, which take place in a futuristic dystopian world, as she prepares for the Quarter Quell.
After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
It's been 5 years since the outbreak that wiped out 85% of the world's population, but the war between Re-Animates (Re-Ans) and Humans wages on. Most of the major cities are still uninhabitable. Within the few surviving cities, the Re-Ans have been segregated into "zones" and are policed by the R-Division of the QUASI S.W.A.T. Unit who hunt to re-kill the Re-Ans in the hope of quelling a second outbreak.
World War Z
A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.
Barry (Gallagher) is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. On the road he teams up with Chalker, a fellow survivor, and together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.
In the distant future "Heretics" - genetically enhanced mutant warriors are used for off-world combat in Earth's quest for planetary domination. Heretics are forbidden from setting foot on Earth. Those who violate this restriction are hunted down and terminated with extreme prejudice by "Clerics". Clerics are psi-enhanced women warriors with the ability to see into potential future outcomes of events and manipulate reality so that the outcome that best fits their objective can be reached. The most powerful of all Clerics is Samara but years of fighting and killing have taken their toll on her both physically and emotionally. She has retreated into a world of drugs and alcohol to make what remains of her life bearable. When Samara's former lover Gia is killed by Jah, a renegade Heretic, Samara seeks revenge. But Samara soon learns that Jah is like no Heretic she has ever faced before. He is possessed of the same reality shifting powers as she. Now, deep below the city in a place known as the Wasteland, the final battle begins!
In the entertainment world of tomorrow, desperate game show contestants try to fight their way through a hostile landscape thickly populated with homicidal maniacs, in order to win a $50 million cash prize.
Described as a futuristic Top Gun in which racing exo-suits have replaced fighter jets. The story focuses on a genetically engineered racer who learns that his bloodline has the power to change society.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.
In the near future, Frank Grieves is a new breed of police officer working in a city where all recreational drugs are legal. When he is taken off a case involving an unidentified corpse, he discovers that legalization has come at a price.
LEGEND takes place in a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations. It tells the story of a 15-year-old boy criminal and the 15 year-old girl prodigy hired to hunt him down. When their paths cross, the truth they uncover together will become legend.
These Final Hours
A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption.
The mask of the Red Death
A post apocalyptic, steam punk styled version of Poe's classic story.
Dance of the Goblins
In a post-apocalyptic London, humans carve out a medieval-like existence in the rubble of a ruined city. Meanwhile, the goblins have come up from the deep places and taken over the old underground stations. What would you do, to protect your world?
In the midst of a vast ocean stands the Elysium Tower – a glistening vertical city – a sanctuary for challenging times. Powered by sun and earth, designed by the greatest architectural visionary of the new millennium, Elysium is a self contained world. A world of commerce, cuisine and entertainment, featuring restaurants, swimming pools, libraries, cinemas, even a research hospital. It is not just the tallest and most technologically advanced work of modern architecture, but one that embodies the world's highest aspirations. Dr. Robert Laing, a new arrival, settles in and adjusts to this hermetic life. But before long he becomes aware of something unsettling in the building. In an escalating atmosphere of unrest the residents break into tribal factions. Laing watches in horror as the myth of a utopian society is shattered.
Gunslinger Grifter Logan
No one is safe in the Wastelands
Kane is a retired member of The Legion, a hit squad responsible for the extinction of an alien race. Set in a future communist America, Kane must now hunt a renegade Dropa alien intent on killing the former members of his team.
Albert Pyun latest.
The world's last human survivors of a zombie apocalypse are looked after by a group of vampires.
200 years in the future only Vampires roam the earth. They built an empire, and squandered their only resource; man.
Land of the Outlaws
It's 2064. America is recovering from a zombie apocalypse and the prohibition of technology is imposed. Lawmen now rule the land, but a Wild West mentality remains. Amidst the backdrop of one city's reform, a series of heists threaten the Roxville Patrol Force's impeccable legacy. Enter the honest but troubled veteran, Officer Curtis Ames. When he and his temperamental partner (Jimmy 'Six-Gun' Devlin) stumble upon a gang of corrupt officers, Curtis decides to bring them all to justice before he rides off into the sunset. In this knock down, shoot em' up western tale, Ames, Devlin and former officer Knuckles Milloy embark on a heroic journey to bring down the dirty lawmen and restore justice back to Roxville once again.
The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge, and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.
A world running out of water. A desperate couple who have avoided the mass exoduses and eked out an existence in their suburban home. They head for London in a last-ditch attempt to find the water they badly need to save themselves and their ailing daughter. What they encounter along the way forces them into a bloody battle for survival.
In the near future, humanity has disappeared, leaving behind a large megalopolis devoid of natural life. From the destruction awakes ROSA, a robot part of the KERNEL project, mankind's last attempt to restore the earth's ecosystem using recovered samples of long-extinct plant species. Wandering among the ruins of the lifeless city, Rosa will soon discover that she is not the only part of Kernel that has awakened.
Set in a large American city in the near future, the Exorcist Corporation, led by a vain commander, sends elite armed exorcists into purgatory to kill ghosts, preventing them from returning to the world of the living
America is covered in snow and rival gangs fight for control in Los Angeles, where law and order has collapsed and the government, stretched thin as it is by troubles elsewhere, is afraid it will lose the city
Time travel and action in a post-apocalyptic Britain.
Orion centers on a savage hunter (David Arquette) who searches for his missing brother in a post-apocalyptic wasteland devoid of infrastructure.
Los Ultimos Dias
2013. A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces that causes instant death. Soon, the world population is trapped inside buildings. As Barcelona descends into chaos, Marc sets off on a quest to find Julia, his missing girlfriend, without ever going outside.
Dust of War
In a post-apocalyptic American Frontier, a soldier fends off a brutal warmonger to rescue a girl fated as the savior of humanity
Trapped behind the Boundary Fence, Freya dreams of escape and pursues a dangerous outsider who can free her.
Based on the novel by J.G. Ballard ("Empire of the Sun"), the story follows an architect who finds himself stranded on a man-made island in the middle of a highway intersection after a car crash. Surviving only on what is in his car, his mind begins to deteriorate before realizing that he wants to spend the rest of his life on his concrete island.
The struggle for survival in a new ice age.
Showtime network recently bought a series pitch called Last H.O.P.E which is said to be a post-apocalyptic story that is a cross between M.A.S.H. and Mad Max. "H.O.P.E" stands for Last Hospital On Planet Earth.
A former vigilante who has embraced his peaceful nature comes to the aid of a young mother in trouble with a cannibalistic drug lord.