Sure zombies might be overplayed and the idea of some sort of version is the Star Wars universe is just wacky, but it just might work. If that summary isn't enough to wet your appetite, check out this little video from the publisher (that io9 posted yesterday):
When the Imperial prison barge Purge–temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves–breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back–bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.
And death is only the beginning.
The Purge’s half-dozen survivors–two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board–will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn’t really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.
It's mentioned that some "familiar faces" do show up in this book so it's not just a bunch of new characters created (so they can be killed). I have to say that I am really curious. It feels a little wrong but it could be a fun book.