Zombies will be taking over Aylesbury in the summer if a young dad from Wendover can turn his comic stories into a film.
William Axtell, 25, plans to use the success of his sold-out comics – Aylesbury Dead – to shoot a movie in the town centre and create horror scenes at many well-known places.
The comics have been hugely popular, selling out at comic book shop Dead Universe in Friars Square Shopping Centre.
For the film, flashback images will be filmed inside the Odeon cinema while zombies will roam through Friars Square and wreak havoc at The Grange School, where William was a former pupil.
William, who lives in Carrington Crescent, has worked at the Aylesbury Odeon for the past five years and is hoping to screen his film there once completed.
But first, he needs to raise enough money for casting, lighting and make-up before he assembles a camera crew who will take to the streets of the town.
William has also created a comic called Demon Gate in which his seven-year-old son Leo plays the starring role, as half demon-half angel.
He is hoping to feature his two-year-old daughter Kimberley in a story in the future.
William said: “I wanted to do something for Leo to read when he’s a bit older and hopefully think my dad used to do these cool comics.”
The budding producer shot promotional photos around the town last month including scenes in which an army of bloody zombies storm the roof of the Bucks County Council tower.
“There was so much paper work to fill in,” William said.
“There were hazard and safety procedures and I had to sign something to say it is my fault if I fell off the top!
“But everywhere else was fine and a lot of the places have said we can film in them for free.
“We’d like to get some of the students involved in the filming at The Grange and there’s going to be a massive invasion in the shopping centre!”
William said a 40-strong following from his Facebook group were the actors for the promotional shoot but he is hoping to attract experienced actors and actresses for the film.
The comic artist is still working on a script which centres on two main characters of a man and a young girl, who reminds him of his daughter, as they tackle the zombies throughout Aylesbury.
But William would like to give the cast a couple of months to familiarise themselves with the storyline so is planning to complete the script shortly and find a cast that can bring it to life.
William’s three sold-out issues of Aylesbury Dead tell the story of zombie invasions through the town and how a group of characters, based on some of his friends, can defend the Vale and themselves.
He said: “Having done the comics, it has opened a ton of doors for me which is amazing so I hope that both filming and the final product will put a smile on everyone’s face.”
William takes a week to draw each page of pictures and his depictions of Aylesbury scenery include a helicopter crashing into the Waterside Theatre, explosions at the Aylesbury Odeon cinema and zombies running riot through Market Square.
He is hoping to raise £5,000 from public donations by April to make the movie dream a reality while he works on issue four of the comic.
William said: “There are a lot of pieces that go into building the puzzle that is shooting a film.
“The promotional photo shoot cost £150 on make-up for just 12 zombies and when it comes to filming the real thing we will have at least 50 people to zombify!”
William is offering a number of incentives in return for contributions online at www.indiegogo.com/projects/aylesbury-dead-film
You can even star in the film as a zombie yourself for a £70 contribution while £150 will secure a ticket to the movie premier at the Odeon.