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George A. Romero's Next Zombie Flick Confined to an Island?

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September 25, 2008
Source: Bloody Disgusting

George A. Romero

George A. Romero is already hard at work on his next zombie film. As we all should know, Romero kicked off the whole zombie genre in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead. I thought he had retired by now, but I guess I'm wrong. The currently untitled film is in pre-production up in Toronto and should start shooting up there soon. Apparently this is not a sequel to Diary of the Dead, a film I quite disliked. Reports from Bloody Disgusting state that it's a "quasi-sequel" (does anyone even know what that means?) that will take place on an island. And yes, there will be underwater zombies. Romero is now on his fifth zombie film and the early details on this sound like it might be at least better than Diary of the Dead. Phew!

After being considerably let down by Romero's last zombie film, I'm a bit concerned about whether he really can pull off another one. Maybe it was just the concept, but even still, Diary of the Dead was terrible. An island sounds like a rather interesting place for another zombie flick and I'm reminded of the ending to Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, where the last few survivors make off in a boat. Considering the zombie genre has taken a life of its own (pun intended) after Romero's early films, I'm not sure whether his work can still stand up to the big horror hitters of today. Maybe there are still Romero purists out there who will fight teeth and nail for the guy? Either way, I'll at least keep an eye on this project on the side.

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  • The movies always start off with an interesting concept. I like that he is addressing the "escape to an island" scenario. I just wish the whole thing was set underwater, like Deep Blue Sea. Or they go to salvage the Titani because it's the future, and zombies awaken on the ocean floor becaaaaaaaaause of something something, they have to fight underwater zombies. Shoot it!
  • alex
    Diary of the dead was a good movie. it was a good way for Romero to reinvent himself. Yes, it had shitty dialogue and some corny effects, but that’s what makes his films so great! I am looking forward to his next zombie film! As long as this new movie is an independent film it will be authentic Romero, unlike the big budget Hollywood film Land of the Dead, which was heavily watered down……
  • curious
    Zombies, on an island... like house of the dead?
  • carlos
    Diary of the Dead was awesome in its own special way, mainly because of the message Romero was trying to get across... Im a HUGE! fan of Romero, and will gladly accept any of his zombie movies with open arms regardless of what most people may think. 😀
  • Matt
    I love zombie movies, they rank right up there on my preferred entertainment list. Didnt get to see Diary of the Dead at the movies and funnily enough I rented it last night before I read this article. I must say that it's a terrible, terrible film. And talk about preachy! God. Alright we get it, people are obsessed with media, Myspace is bad and it all leads to inaction which will get you killed, stop hitting us in the face with it!!!!! The one good moment was when the guys head gets burnt with acid, very cool effect. If George just makes a zombie movie with a few good death scenes and doesnt worry about social commentary he might just make another great film.
  • Steven
    Love my zombie flicks, cant get enough of 'em!!!
  • mark
    "Romero is now on his fifth zombie film and the early details on this sound like it might be at least better than Diary of the Dead." sixth. night of the living dead, dawn of the dead, day of the dead, land of the dead, diary of the dead, NEW FILM
  • Diary Of The Dead was awful. I think. I don't know. I turned it off 5 minutes in because it was just so stupid. Maybe it got better. I doubt it.
  • Spencer C
    It's Romero, c'mon, it will be awesome. He is undeniable to a zombie fan
  • Staatz
    I don't know where the hatred for diary of the dead comes from- I rather liked it and I don't usally watch horror movies.... maybe that explains it..
  • JL
    I think most people enjoy zombie films because of the splattering brains and the ripping off of people's limbs. What made Romero's first zombie movies so great were that they were a satirical commentary on the human condition. Every one of his movies has some variation of this undertone, even if the delivery is sub-par. I think maybe the island symbolizes the hoplessness of some people, who are finally awakening to what's going on around them, trying to get away from the hordes and throngs of people who keep trying to pull them into meaningless trappings in life. Maybe I'll just have to wait until I can see it. It's very possible, if Romero's early movies are any indication on the theme of this one.
  • JL
    Dairy of the Dead was a failure because of the terrible wannabe actors. I liked the premise, but I think it would have been better if it had followed several different groups of people, instead of just the stupid college kids who apparently aren't fit to wipe their own asses.
  • Diary of the dead was a good film, sure it was not the best horror/zombie film i've seen, but i can think of A LOT worse films, so to call it terrible or aweful is harsh. The concept of having zombies on an island is interesting, how they can work the story through i don't know? Must be a pretty big island, because otherwise the story can't go very far.. Who knows? Maybe a "quasi-sequel" is when a director shoots a sequel to a film that isn't his own, maybe it will be the end of the Dawn of The Dead continued..
  • "Romero is now on his fifth zombie film" Correction: sixth 1. Night of the Living Dead 2. Dawn of the Dead 3. Day of the Dead 4. Land of the Dead 5. Diary of the Dead 6. Island of the Dead (sounds good to me)
  • @ #7 Oops, you already mentioned what I just posted.
  • Jon
    OK Dawn of the Dead is one of the best movies ever made period. "Day" was good but I actually liked "Diary" better than "Land". Why? Not because it is a better film but it reveals further insight into Romero's concepts about events that could take place during the outbreak of the epidemic. Which really is what makes his movies or rather the best moments in his movies so powerful. The "how would I deal with that situation" stuff. Not just how we deal with zombies but with each other.
  • Chris C.
    Looks like Romero is paying a little homage to Lucio Fulci's "Zombi 2". Sure, I'm there. And yes, I agree that "Diary of the Dead" sucked. It was a pretentious, boring, poorly acted excuse for a Romero zombie film. It made "Land of the Dead" look like pure gold in comparison.
  • Smiffy1
    Romero is indeed the Zombie Godfather. There's no getting away from the fact that Night, Dawn and Day of the Dead kicked ass but Land and Diary of the Dead were simply terrible. I know that Land was a contractual thing and Romero wasn't pleased with it but Diary was like watching a kids school play. It had some of the worst acting I'd ever seen in a move. Seriously, it made Kangaroo Jack look like the Godfather. I really hope this latest one works (as he's still the Godfather!) but I've pretty much lost faith.
  • Pierre
    The message of his last 2 films were much more interesting than the story. I hope he never ever retires though. When he dies I hope he makes movies from beyond the grave.
  • Conrad
    Number 1, that's an incredibly trashy - yet brilliant idea! Zombie's from the Titanic come back to life as zombies and wreak havoc because of "something something" like you mention....I hope Miramax or Maple is reading this!
  • Neena
    Yes to #17, "Zombie2" was on an Island, but the low budget "Children shouldn't play with Dead things" did it first, and IMO, better. (Even though it was just a small Island off Miami) The best thing about "Zombie2" was the Zombi/Shark fight. Anyway, I would watch anything Romero. I will defend DOTD as the best movie, ever. Not just Horror, not just Zombie. It is incredible.
  • Johnny
    I'm a huge Romero Fan and loved all of his movies including the Non-zombie films, all you haters are probably the ones who love and support all the Crappy remakes of his master pieces suchs as the Dawn of the dead and day of the dead re-make which had nothing to do with the original and should have been titled as something completly different (people in hollywood tring to capitalize off Georges good name).... Zombies are slow not fast, dead things move slow and attack in mass' George has my full support for not being a total sell out, he kinda sold out in Land of the dead realized that and went back to his roots Cheers to you George and when your gone come back and bite the haters on the face Out

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