John HederWoke Up Dead is a web-based, live-action sci-fi comedy thriller about Drex, a twenty-something USC student who wakes up underwater in the bathtub one morning and suspects that he might be dead. The scripted online series, created by John Fascano, is being produced by Electric Farm and stars Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Blades of Glory”), who will also produce. The show marks Heder’s strut into the world of online programming.

Dead, which was developed with Heder in mind as the lead, will comprise 50 three-minute episodes for online and mobile distribution in the U.S.

The project, which combines live-action with limited CGI elements, is a seemingly superb springboard for Electric Farm. The series is being made outside of a deal Stan Rogow, Brent Friedman and Jeff Sagansky’s Electric Farm signed with NBC Universal, which gives the conglomerate domestic rights to the company’s upcoming Internet sci-fi series Gemini Division, starring Rosario Dawson. Sony Pictures TV International co-produces and internationally distributes Gemini Division, (which features some elaborate 3-D art) as well as Electric Farm’s first online drama, Afterworld, a 2.5-D-animated series, on mobile, broadband and traditional TV.

Rogow said that Woke Up Dead was developed with Heder in mind for the lead. “He will be terrific,” he continued, “he’d always wanted to play a zombie.” Woke Up Dead is currently in pre-production and set to be released later this year.

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