You may have missed our announcement of a new George A. Romero zombie film in production. The creator of the shambling undead genre is back and he’s bringing more zombies. His new film, Road of the Dead, is going in a different direction than what he has done in the past, especially with the look of the movie poster they just released.
Romero isn’t the only brain that’s coming up with this. As we mentioned before, friend and co-creator Matt Birman joined him to write and produce the movie. It was Birman’s idea originally for Road of the Dead.
In an interview George did with IndieWire, he stated:
“There was a sequence in ‘Survival of the Dead’ where there’s a zombie that’s behind the wheel of a car, and Matt proposed an idea: ‘How about zombies that know how to drive!?”
While Romero is behind the story and production, he’s leaving the stunts to the other producers Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell, as Romero is the self- proclaimed “story guy” and doesn’t dealmuch in the way of elaborate stunts.
Indie Wire also discussed with Romero his opinion on what the zombie genre has become with massive franchises like that of The Walking Dead and World War Z (to which he blatantly dislikes). He had this to say:
“It was probably bound to happen. I harbor a lot of resentment…I used to be the only guy on the zombie playground, and unfortunately Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead have made it Hollywood-ized. I was ready to do another one, a $2-3 million one, and nobody will finance a zombie film now. Hollywood is only interested in the undead when they have blockbuster potential, which something like World War Z ($540 million in box-office returns) does but a small-scale ‘…of the Dead’ installment might not. It’s not really resentment; I’ve had a terrific run.”
When he was asked if it was strange to him how the genre has developed over time and changed into a larger creature than it started out as, he continued:
“Of course, but mine have always been political. It’s not gore, it’s not just horror — I’ve always tried to put a little something in there. I felt that I almost found a niche, but it was bound to happen. There was no way to prevent that from happening.”
To Romero, it seems zombies movies have gotten too big for their britches and have moved past what he originally set out to do with the genre that he created. Even the seemingly silly concept of zombies driving in Road of the Dead may have a political message behind it. Just read the premise of the film.
“In the darkest days of the zombie apocalypse, the last safe place on earth is anything but, as a mad despot uses the spectacle of high-octane carnage to keep control of his populace.”
Are you excited for the new movie? Let us know in the comments! And if you need more zombie movies in your life, try some from our list of underappreciated Z flicks.
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