I guess it was officially announced as happening around April/May, but George A. Romero is working on getting another zombie movie going. The screenplay has been written and it’s being shopped around in Montreal later this month at an international film festival where Romero will be seeking financing.
Honestly, I’m not too excited for it. I was very excited for Land of the Dead (went to see it opening weekend at the movie theater), less excited for Diary of Dead, and then even less excited for Survival of the Dead. Those entries into Romero’s ‘Living Dead’ series range from disappointing to god-awful, so I’m not too sure if Romero really has anything left in the tank.
Further giving me mixed feelings is the fact that Romero isn’t even directing. He’s a co-writer and co-producer, so it leaves me to wonder if we can really call this a Romero zombie movie since the film’s director Matt Birman also gets a co-writer/co-producer credit. Maybe this is actually a Birman zombie movie?
To me, the film sounds like a mix of Mad Max and Death Race 2000, but it’s being described by Birman as a mix of Mad Max, Ben-Hur, Rollerball, and NASCAR.
Uh… okay. That doesn’t help sell it. This sounds like it’s going to be really hokey cartoon horror.
It’s Romero and it’s zombies, so I’ll give this movie a shot, but I’m expecting very little from it. What I would love to see is Romero direct one final entry into the series. Get back to the bleak & nihilistic vibes of Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, but end the film on a hopeful note. I don’t think that will ever happen though.