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George Romero Continues Undead Obsession with 'Zombie Autopsies'

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October 20, 2011

George Romero / Zombie Autopsies

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?

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  • David Banner
    All films from Romero are welcomed :)
  • Croniccris
    i still wish he worked on TWD :(
  • Anonymous
    Well I hope this one makes up for Survival of the Dead... I love Romero with all my heart, but his last movie felt like a complete disappointment. I'll sure keep an eye out for this one though 😀
  • Moutchy
    Man, I just saw Survival of the Dead for the first time this week, and was it bad or what!? Kinda hard to have fate in the guy after that. I saw half of Land of the Dead some time ago, and felt asleep on it, so that wasn't better. But if this isn't his story, maybe there is hope for this to be sorta good. 
  • Posthuman
    I really didnt care for his last films, but I thought Land of the Dead was good. Surprised there hasnt been a sequel. But I'm looking forward to this new movie.
  • Jason Evans
    It sounds like Soderbergh would be a better choice to direct this one. I would be worried that this would end up being more campy than anything else; which would ruin the "accuracy" they are trying to achieve.
  • Tester
    let it rest already
  • Anonymous
    Well I guess one more cant hurt. Should be better than the next resident evil movie
  • It’ll be neat to see where Romero goes with the genre now being its inventor… if you love zombies as much as I do, check out the Top 10 Zombie Movies of all time at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-10-zombie-movies-of-all-time-with.html and let us know which your favorites are!
  • It's a good book but not movie material at all. He's probably picking this up since Z is being made and he didn't get it, thank goodness. I love Romero but when it comes to his movies I don't look for art like Z is and should be. Still, I hope for something more than Land of the Dead which was such a POS. Loved Diary though. Could be interesting but like I said, it's a good book and not Romero's general...generic style.
  • stevo
    Dawn and dead had a feel about them,dawn was cold,dead was confined,everything since was total cack!survival was funny,the religion thing about Ireland was really well done but how many people got that?.time to leave the scary stuff to the young guns.three class movies but there will never be a fourth from George am afraid to say.

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