While Night of the Living Dead was given an impressive makeover by Tom Savini in 1990, and Dawn of the Dead a stellar one by Zack Snyder in 2004, the third film in George Romero’s original Dead trilogy wasn’t so lucky. After a terrible sequel in 2005 that was in no way connected to Romero’s film, and yet released under the Day of the Dead name, Friday the 13th: Part 2 and 3 director Steve Miner remade Day of the Dead in 2008 – a film that you will quite often find on lists of the worst horror remakes of all time. And rightfully so.
As the late Aaliyah sang, if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.
Joining Night of the Living Dead in the ‘Hey look at me, I’ve been remade more than once’ parade, news has just come out of the American Film Market that Day of the Dead‘s neck is once again up on the remake chopping block. As reported exclusively by Deadline, a new genre label called Vicarious Entertainment has been formed by 1821 Media, which will develop, produce and finance four to six thriller and horror feature films. One of those films is a remake of Day of the Dead, Vicarious teaming with Campbell Groman Films to develop the second attempt at a redux.
That’s all we know for now, but we’ll report more as we learn it right here on iHorror.
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