Barker added, “Amazon Studios offered up the dream ticket with this project. In twenty five years of working in this town, I've rarely had people listen to what I had to say as closely and as carefully as they did and then simply give me the freedom to go do it. Amazon Studios is an innovative creative concept. I am looking forward to providing my own perspective to make Zombies Vs. Gladiators a highly commercial and entertaining movie.”
The author of the plays “The History of the Devil,” “Frankenstein in Love” and “Crazyface” and "The Books of Blood" short fiction collections and novel "The Damnation Game" moved to film in 1987 when he directed “Hellraiser,” based on his novella "The Hellbound Heart," which spawned sequels, comic books and merchandising. In 1990, he adapted and directed “Nightbreed” from his short story "Cabal." Two years later, Barker executive produced the housing-project story “Candyman,” as well as the 1995 sequel, “Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh.” Also that year, he directed Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen in the noir-esque detective tale, “Lord of Illusions.” He also executive produced 1998's "Gods and Monsters," which won a screenplay Oscar.