EXCLUSIVE: Apocalyptic tale directed by Steve Barker [pictured] will make its market debut in Cannes.

Pre-production has commenced on Zafari.

Written by Paul Gerstenberger, Steve Barker’s apocalyptic tale is produced by Nigel Thomas and Charlotte Walls of Matador Pictures, Nick Gillott of Captain Starlight and produced in association with Umedia, who also co-financed with Gloucester Place Films.

Umedia International is handling world sales and the film will make its market debut in Cannes.

It is set to shoot on location in the UK and Spain from July 2014, with casting to be announced shortly.

Following a major zombie outbreak, Zafari takes place in a zombie safari park where people can pay to hunt and shoot the undead. However, when its security is breached, a group of guests find themselves in a fight for survival against the zombies.

Thomas commented: “This marks our third collaboration with Steve Barker whose unique vision lies behind the success of the hugely popular Outpost franchise. In his hands we know that Zafari will be an action packed ride with never-before-seen thrills, tension and excitement.”

“We’re excited to be involved with Zafari: a high concept action/adventure movie with zombies, rather than a classic genre picture. It takes the zombie movie to another level,” added Adrian Politowski, CEO of Umedia.