I know, I know… a lot of you are sick of remakes, but here him out. Tom Savini, the maestro of gore, will not only be directing the remake, but supervising the special effects as well, so we can assume they will use practical effects. Savini did a bang up job with the Night of the Living Dead remake in 1990, so I’m in full support of him handling this cult classic. Not only that, but the director of the original film, Umberto Lenzi, will be serving as Associate Producer. Dean Cundey, who’s worked with John Carpenter many times and also on films like Jurassic Park and Back to the Future, is also in talks to be the Director of Cinematography. The two have banded together and launched an Indie GoGo page, which you can read all about and what they have in mind for the picture, as well as the cast attached and throw them a few bucks if you can.
Among the cast is Noah Hathaway from The Neverending Story and Troll, Judith O’Dea from George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), Jimmy Wong (Video Game High School) and Dave Vescio (Hick, Lost Soul) with HT Parker writing and producing and Jason Baker to be associate producing. The score will be by Alex Cuervo. By the way, if you haven’t heard Alex’s music, check it out, because his synth score would be perfect for a film like this.
For starters, this isn’t just another zombie film. In fact, they aren’t zombies, they are infected people. The story seems to be sticking very close to the source material as well, but mixing in the current Ebola virus outbreak into the plot, which is not only recent, but an interesting element to mix into the plot. The original 1980 Nightmare City a.k.a. City of the Walking Dead is among one of my favorite movies and with Tom Savini behind it, I could fully appreciate it.
After the outbreak of an unknown virus in the Caribbean the Miami Port Authority receives an SOS from an international aid ship returning from Haiti. TV reporter Dean Miller and his cameraman Charlie are sent to the port where rescue teams are awaiting the arriving ship. At first the ship appears to be deserted, but suddenly the rescue teams are attacked by dozens of deformed people. Infected by a new hybrid of two of the most deadly viruses of our time – Ebola and leprosy; their faces and bodies are covered with welts and sores and they are hungry for blood.
Dean and his colleague witness a brutal massacre and return to the TV station to inform the public about the horrifying events, but the government and military prohibit the broadcasting of the news in order to avoid a panic. With the public in the dark, the virus and the number of infected people start to spread over the city, while Dean, his wife Anna and a small group are trying to escape from the ‘City Of The Walking Dead’…
And the classic trailer for you.