'Black Summer': Jaime King to star in Netflix's upcoming post-apocalyptic zombie series

Netflix continues the trend of creating spin-offs of shows airing on other networks with 'Black Summer', an offshoot of Syfy's post-apocalyptic horror series 'Z Nation'


                            'Black Summer': Jaime King to star in Netflix's upcoming post-apocalyptic zombie series

Netflix's quest to add to its already vast library of originals shows no signs of abating with the streaming network giving the go-ahead for an eight-episode straight-to-series zombie drama titled 'Black Summer.' The show will feature Jaime King, known for her roles in 'Pearl Harbor,' 'Bulletproof Monk,' and 'Sin City,' in the titular role.

Deadline reports that King will be portraying a motherly role on the show. The series will see King torn from her daughter and embarking on a harrowing journey, stopping at nothing and no one to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly zombie apocalypse summer.

Jaime King will play a starring role in Netflix zombie drama 'Black Summer' (Source: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Haute Living)
Jaime King will play a starring role in Netflix zombie drama 'Black Summer' (Source: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Haute Living)

'Black Summer' is the brainchild of Syfy's post-apocalyptic horror series 'Z Nation' co-creator/executive producer Karl Schaefer and co-executive producer John Hyams.

The former's television credits also include 'Strange Luck,' 'Monk,' 'Small Shots,' 'The Dead Zone,' 'Eureka,' and 'Ghost Whisperer,' while the latter has been involved in the 'Universal Soldier' series as well as television series 'The Originals' and 'Chicago Fire.' According to Syfy, the drama will be a spin-off of 'Z Nation,' which initially aired in 2014 and is slated to see its fifth season premiere in 2018.

The show stars Alvin Murphy (Keith Allan), a resentful and former convict who becomes the only known survivor of a zombie bite after he unwillingly takes part in a scientific experiment in prison. He travels with a group of survivors who use his immunity and quirks to navigate their decimated world. The description of 'Black Summer' indicates that King might be the second person to find herself immune to the deadly virus.

Speaking about the show at Comic-Con, Schaefer said that the upcoming spin-off would be set a time "before the apocalypse got weird and was just scary." He also said that 'Black Summer' was, in fact, not going to be episodic, but an "eight-hour chunk to work through." He added that the show was not "intended to be the funny version of 'The Walking Dead' that 'Z Nation' is, but instead an old-school, scary, zombie thing."

'Black Summer' looks set to continue Netflix's habit of creating spin-offs from shows that are still airing on other networks. The network is already in the process of creating 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,' a spin-off of CW's Archie Comics-inspired teen drama series 'Riverdale' that proved to be a big hit on the platform. 

A premiere date for 'Black Summer' has not yet been announced.