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As a reporter of horror related happenings for iHorror, there are some stories that are difficult for me to believe even as they are being typed. Case in point is the fact that schlock maestros The Asylum have announced that they are teaming up with 90’s pop star Nick Carter for a new zombie western film entitled Dead West.

For those unaware (or who may have perhaps blocked the late 90’s “boy band” period of music history out of their mind completely), Carter was a member of The Backstreet Boys, the group behind such hits as “I Want It That Way” and “Larger Than Life.” The Boys have been largely relegated to obscurity since the mid-2000s hit, although they did put in a well received cameo during the heaven sequence of the 2013 Seth Rogen horror comedy This is the End.

Backstreet Boys

Unlike fellow former teen heartthrobs Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, Carter won’t just be stepping in front of the Asylum’s camera for Dead West. Carter is also set to direct the project, from a script he co-wrote. Yep, a Backstreet Boy has written and will be directing a zombie movie. The truth truly is stranger than fiction sometimes.

As if that weren’t enough, Carter has recently teased appearances in the film by old buddies of his, including N*Sync’s Joey Fatone and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. While not specifically referred to as a comedy so far, it  seems safe to say that Dead West won’t be played straight, at least if that’s the kind of potential cast we’re looking at. Dead West is scheduled to begin production in March.

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