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