George Romero Continues Undead Obsession with 'Zombie Autopsies'
by Ethan Anderton
October 20, 2011
After crafting the classic horror film Night of the Living Dead, filmmaker George A. Romero has made a living (pun unintended) with several films about the walking dead. His obsession with zombies stemmed from the sequels Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead to more recent films like Survival of the Dead and Diary of the Dead. Now there's word that Romero is set to tackle yet another zombie-centric film in the form of an adaptation of Steven C. Schlozman's book The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse. Thankfully it doesn't sounds like the same old zombie schtick we're used to seeing.
Speaking with io9, Romero revealed that he's merely telling someone else's story:
This is Steve’s story, not mine. It’s more like 'The Andromeda Strain.' It’s very tense and very medically correct. This guy’s a doctor, it’s all about being medically correct. I think about it like the first Hammer Frankenstein film, which was all about very graphic scenes of brains floating in blood and things like that. I want it to be perfectly accurate, almost shockingly so.
Here's the gist of Schlozman's tale: Dr. Stanley Blum is already infected (as is two-thirds of humankind) with ataxic neurodegenerative satiety deficiency syndrome (ANSD)—the virus that makes flesh-eating zombies lurch and lunch—when he decamps to Bassas da India, an island overseen by the U.N., to vivisect captive zombies in the hope of isolating the pathogen before he succumbs to it. Now I could reveal more about what drew Romero to this project, but his explanation essentially ruins the surprise of where this zombie virus came from, but the concept makes it much more relevant in today's culture and makes it much more than standard horror fare. If you really want to read what Romero has to say and potentially spoil the story, you can read io9's full interview with the filmmaker right here. Thoughts?