The Sandman is returning to television...sort of. Thomas Haden Church -- who made his name over 123 episodes of Wings, and later in Sideways and Spider-Man 3 -- will star in FEARnet's Zombie Roadkill series. The on-demand channel will produce six-episodes, each installment clocking in around four or five minutes apiece.

In the series, Haden Church will play a park ranger who must help a teenager (David Dorfman) survive a stretch of highway terrorized by, you guessed it, zombie roadkill. A fellow by the name of David Green is set to direct from a script by Henry Gayden.

Perhaps the most interesting bit on the production side of this team is the people behind the creature effects. Frank Langley and Tom Bacho of Quantum FX (Where the Wild Things Are, Star Trek, Watchmen) are on roadkill and splatter duties, so let's see how these guys can stretch a budget.

The full press release courtesy of FEARnet is regurgitated below for your convenience after the jump.
Academy-Award nominated actor Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways, Wings) co-stars as a tough as nails Park Ranger who teams with an unsuspecting teenager, played by David Dorfman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring films), to escape a cursed stretch of highway that resurrects roadkill in the form flesh eating zombie animals. This new breed of terror is not just playing dead.

Zombie Roadkill centers around a group of college kids as they are driving on an unfamiliar road. Everything seems fit for a road trip to the lake but, when the group accidentally runs over an unsuspecting squirrel, they quickly realize there will be a price to pay. The cursed road brings the zombie squirrel back to life to haunt the kids. After the kids crash and everyone is injured except the younger brother, he is forced to set out on a journey to defeat the ancient curse and save his brother and friends before it is too late. Zombie Roadkill is scheduled to air Spring 2010 on and the FEARnet On Demand VOD network.

The series' claw-scratching and spine-tingling action unfolds over six, 4-5 minute episodes. David Green will be directing the series penned by Henry Gayden. Aaron Lam of Ghost House Pictures will be producing with FEARnet's Jim Burns serving as executive producer. Frank Langley and Tom Bacho of Quantum FX (Where the Wild Things Are, Star Trek, Watchmen) have come aboard to bring all the terrifying creatures to life.

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