"Isn't It Romantic" and "Finals Girls" director Todd Strauss-Schulson in talks to direct "Zombie Brother," an action-comedy from STX Films and China-based Tencent Pictures.
Sam Brown is overseeing the film for the studio along with Drew Simon. Tencent Pictures, STX Films and Free Association — Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan's shingle — will co-produce "Zombie Brother." Tatum, Carolin, Kiernan and Michael Parets are producing for Free Association with Tencent's Edward Cheng and Howard Chen as the executive producers and Conor Zorn serving as producer.
Free Association is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.” />
The film is an adaptation of Tencent's digital comic book of the same name, which has garnered more than 24 billion views over 241 episodes. "Zombie Brother" has already been adapted into an animated series that has attracted more than 3.7 billion views across its first two seasons, as well as a stage play.
Strauss-Schulson has also directed "A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D." He's represented by William Morris Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment.
STX Films will handle North American distribution, with Tencent Pictures distributing the film in China.
“Todd is the perfect choice for 'Zombie Brother.' His films thrive with a heart, energy, comic pace and visual inventiveness all their own,” said STX Films chairman Adam Fogelson.

Tatum and Free Association are represented by CAA, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.” /> CAA Media Finance consulted on the deal. Free Association is currently producing "Fatherhood," starring Kevin Hart, with Sony Pictures.
Free Association will continue working under the first-look pact with Universal Pictures. The four-year $2 million revolving fund stipulates that Atwater will finance a minimum of five films with Free Association. Michael Parets, VP of production, will oversee the deal.
Given the incredible track record of Free Association and Channing Tatum in identifying and developing great stories, we are thrilled and honored to partner with them,” said Vania Schlogel, founder and managing partner, Atwater Capital. The rise of digitally distributed content means that there is always an audience for good stories, even if that audience is aggregated now across communities that span different continents in a way that linear distribution could never reach. “We fundamentally believe in great storytelling, and that process is best entrusted to the storytellers themselves.
Since Atwater Capital's launch in 2017, the company has invested in media endeavors like the Stockholm-based Epidemic Sound, Mad River Pictures, the David Ayer helmed "The Tax Collector," four German film and TV companies (TMG, Wiedemann & Berg, RTL’s Universum, I&U) in partnership with KKR and the English-language remake of Louis-Julien Petit's "Les Invisibles."
Free Association, a production company led by Channing Tatum, Peter Kiernan and Reid Carolin, has entered into a film development fund with Atwater Capital.
Tatum's films have wracked up more than $4.5 billion at the box office. Tatum has producing credits on the two "Jump Street" films and the "Magic Mike" series. He is currently filming "Free Guy" with director Shawn Levy and co-stars Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi and Jodie Comer.

The deal for the show was negotiated by Endeavor Content and by Jackie Eckhouse Lawco on behalf of Big Beach.
Tatum and Free Association are repped by UTA, Management 360 and Hansen, Jacobson.” /> Sipe is repped by UTA, Circle of Confusion, and Morris, Yorn & Barnes. McDermott is repped by UTA on behalf of Farley Chase at Chase Literary Agency. Vallée and Ross are repped by Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern, LLP.
Once a highly successful public defender for The Legal Aid Society of New York, Zack’s sudden illness takes him on a harrowing journey of delusions and antisocial behavior, leading to his eventual arrest and commitment to Bellevue Hospital. Vallée has signed on to direct and executive produce the limited series "Gorilla And The Bird," based on the memoir of the same name by  Zack McDermott, at the premium cabler. It is described as an inspirational tale of a mother’s unconditional love for her bipolar son, following Zack (the Gorilla) as he fights to regain his sanity after a devastating psychotic break, turning to the only person who didn’t give up on him – his mother (The Bird).
Jean-Marc Vallée has lined up yet another HBO project.
McDermott will co-executive produce. Robin Schwartz, Marc Turtletaub, and Peter Saraf will executive produce for Big Beach. Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, and Peter Kiernan will also executive produce for Tatum's Free Association. Nathan Ross of crazyrose will also executive produce "Gorilla and the Bird." The series is a co-production between HBO and Big Beach TV. Bryan Sipe is the writer, executive producer, and showrunner.
He will return as an executive producer on the show's upcoming second season. Vallée will executive produce under his crazyrose production banner. He also directed and executive produced the first season of HBO's "Sharp Objects," which was recently nominated for three Golden Globe Awards. He previously directed and executive produced the entire first season of HBO's "Big Little Lies," for which he won an Emmy in 2017 in the best director for a limited series category.