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George Romero exiled to a SOLITARY ISLE by Koji Suzuki!!!

Published at: Aug. 7, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... over at Hollywood Reporter they announced that George Romero is writing and directing a thriller called SOLITARY ISLE which is being produced 50-50 by Hyde Park and Kadokawa - and will likely be distributed by 20th Century Fox eventually. Seem this story, based on THE RING and DARK WATER's Koji Suzuki's short story is about "an expedition to a deserted island that turns deadly as the explorers face an unknown force." And I'm betting it an EVIL unknown force at that. Wanna bet? Great to see Romero hitting it again. The world isn't completely fucked up yet.

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  • Aug. 7, 2006, 1:24 a.m. CST

    *Cough* Far Cry?

    by CeeBeeUK

    Hmm, original

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Good news....

    by mattyholmes

    I hated Land of the Dead but like all of Romero's previous Zombie movies. I'm glad he is moving away from that genre, he was getting stale. Feed your obsession - www.obsessedwithfilm.com

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Romero doing J-Horror?

    by Drworm2002

    Day of the Dead was pretty good...can't wait to see this.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Why isn't it ever a GOOD unknown force?

    by themikejonas

    Dammit, where has the creativity gone?

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 1:59 a.m. CST

    I thought all horror movies

    by VanLingoMungo

    Had to be made by crappy Jap directors, and had to be thoroughly un-scary. Like Dark Water, and the Ring, and The Grudge, and whatever. I guess fatman and littleboy didn't get a job done. I'm kidding. Calm down.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Newton's 3rd Law

    by veritasses

    Every force has an equal and opposite force. But I guess that only applies to motion. Looks like when it comes to good and evil, there's a pretty big imbalance with lots more evil than good... except in the StarWars universe.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 2:13 a.m. CST

    lol far cry

    by nef

    haha it's sounds just like it, too bad it will not be as exciting

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Zombies?

    by The Dum Guy

    Is the unknown evil force of zombie nature? Maybe it'll be Cannibal Holocaust Redux, but most likely not.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Romero needs to do another Dead movie

    by hktelemacher

    Although not bad, LAND can't be his zombie swan song. I'd like to see him branch out, but the opportunities to really cap off the Dead series the right way (since he resurrected it in the first place) are ever dwindling.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Why do I not really give a shite?

    by Arche Logos

    Romero hasn't been on his game for quite a while now. There have been SO MANY BAD remakes of J-horror that don't even come within the hemisphere of the originals in terms of scare factor, let alone acting, and after "The decent" I've lost all hope for something scary coming out of this country. Even from Romero. Yup, just don't give a shit.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Ooops

    by Arche Logos

    "The Decent" was from the UK. I've lost all hope for something scary coming from or to this country.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 3:08 a.m. CST

    "The Decent?"

    by crazyeyezkillah

    Is that the third film in the Bill & Ted Trilogy?

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Koji Suzuki is amazing, this should be good

    by KCMOSHer

    If Suzuki's texts were ever translated faithfully, you'd all be rejoicing right now. No matter how many times you've seen The Ring, Ringu, Rasen, Ringu 0, Ring 2, More Ring, Ring 3: Still Ringin', Ringu 7: With A Vengeance (and a little ringing), go out and find Ring and Spiral (Ringu and Rasen) in PRINT. They are both dramatically different from all film adapations and vastly superior. Things are set up in Ring that come to some amazing 'oh SHIT' moments in Spiral . I haven't read Loop yet, the finale in the trilogy, but I'm anxious to. Never read Dark Water, but I bet it's better than the ponderous and non-scary Japanese adaptation. If this is true Suzuki and Romero adapts it faithfully, it will rock.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Hey jay jew

    by Arche Logos

    Are we the same poster? I just wanted to check and make sure. Along with Panterarocks, DOGSOUP, limey_the, THE_KNIGHT. Because I wasn't feeling like myself today.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 4:39 a.m. CST

    obsessedwithfilm.com

    by Stollentroll

    News provided by a guy who rated "Band of Brothers" 10 out of 10 and hates "The Life Aquatic" and "Dogville" (IMDB vote history). Can't trust him.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Dogville was myriad types of SUCK

    by VanLingoMungo

    Seriously, I've crapped better movies. Terry Schiavo thougt Dogville was boring and debilitating. Life Aquatic was the shit, however, so kind of a mixed bag.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Ghosts with Long Black Hair

    by godoffireinhell

    can suck the hairs off my sweaty balls.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Dogville sucked

    by Arche Logos

    Even coming from someone with a theater background. It blew rancid goat. Life Aquatic was exceptional as was band of brothers.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 6:18 a.m. CST

    "Why isn't it ever a GOOD unknown force?"

    by Archduke_Chocula

    Write that....and you got your supernatural Close Encounters of the Third Kind. http://k105.blogspot.com/

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 7 a.m. CST

    Lucio Fulci already made this 'Zombie' film

    by Prague23

    And it's called 'Zombie' unless you know it by the title 'Zombie II' which it was originally called upon release because when 'Dawn of the Dead' was first released in Europe, specifically Italy, it had the title 'Zombie - Dawn of the Dead' and they didn't want to confuse the two. And I bet Romero won't even dare an underwater zombie sequence! And to those 'doggin' Von Trier, have you no respect for what he's helped to do for independent cinema!? Von Trier maybe not a genius, yet, but he's certainly helped change the 'rules' of filmmaking like few others have in the last 1 1/2 decades! And his constantly experimental style, always changing, gives us something different with each effort. FAR more so than 95% of other directors in the last 15 years! While the naysayers keep on naysaying, the haters hating and the narrorminded, uneducated, no life whiners keep on leaving stupid feedback on this sight, Von Trier will keep on evolving and pushing himself forward towards new and interesting challenges. Unlike 95% of you. And sometimes me :)

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    "after "The decent" I've lost all hope..."

    by tripp5

    "...for something scary coming out of this country." I thought the Descent was made by a brit, hasn't been in theares internationally since the middle of 2005?

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 7:55 a.m. CST

    So what happened to Road of the Dead?

    by Bad Wolff

    ???

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Maybe Matt Evans should script this

    by GenericJokeName

    After he saves Natalie Portmans ass that is http://tinyurl.com/gfkrf

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Good unknow force?

    by c4andmore

    Close encounters of the third kind, there ya go

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    damn you Archduke_Chocula!

    by c4andmore

    that's why you should read tb's before posting

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST

    "Why isn't it ever a GOOD unknown force?"

    by jrpacman

    Lost - well we don't know if it's good per se, but that chick doesn't have cancer anymore.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 8:23 a.m. CST

    This'll be interesting

    by Mechasheeva

    Romero went through hell making his non-Dead movies in Hollywood, so I'm surprised he's jumping back in. Hopefully he can get back the old shine and give us the first great American horror movieof the new century. Oh, and The Descent rocked, best horror film in years.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I read that short story...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    ... there's noting supernatural about it. Why am I always writing that? The story has to do with this Japanese business man. He's friends with this kind of jerk. The jerk gets this chick pregnant. Then the jerk takes the pregnant girlfriend out to a small island, which is only a mile or two off the coast. The jerk leaves the pregnant woman there to die. The jerk comes back and tells the business man what he's done. And then the business man does NOTHING for several years. He never tries to go out to the island to see if the jerk really left the woman out there. Finally... several years later... the jerk has died of natural causes, probably brought on by guilt, and the business man goes on an exdedition to the island. Guess what? They find the son of the jerk and the girlfriend. The girlfriend has since died... and somehow the little boy has survived on his own. And then the take the little boy of the island... that's it. That's the whole story. Reading it... it was kind of a let down. Oh well... I'm sure they'll ghost it up a bit... or some damn thing.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 8:43 a.m. CST

    after all the times video games have ripped off movies

    by Mr Brownstone

    I think it's okay for movies to rip off games every once in a while. but I'd be willing to bet far cry was bitten from some other source since "Solitary Isle" was written YEARS before far cry came out!

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Ogre -

    by Mechasheeva

    Source on that news?

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Sounds familiar....

    by robotdevil

    Wait, that island wouldnt happened to be called "skull island".... would it?

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Land Of the Dead

    by peter skellen

    Was much better than Resident Evil and 28 Days Later but I missed the nihlistic lo-fi feel of the previous entries. It was too generic and there were too many characters who couldn't be developed in the way that ones in DOTD and Dawn were. I loved the scene in DOTD where the West Indian (sorry forgot his name) helicopter pilot talks about the crisis and ruminates on how they should leave all the records and historical artifacts down there and start again somewhere. There weren't any moments like that in Land. Also Land seemed to be mostly a night shoot and zombies look much cooler and creepier in daylight. One more Dead film would be welcomed by me.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Too Soon! (After The Grudge 1 & 2)

    by www.valiens.com

    Note to romero: get back to "Land of The Dead." We still have all those unanswered questions about Canada.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    "Was much better than Resident Evil and 28 Days Later"

    by duanejones

    i believe the polyp i "passed" this morning was better than any evil resident (which said polyp surely was, in my duodenum), but, hmmm....perhaps i'm being culturally insensitive, but when you say _lotd_ was "much better" than _28_, is it that you're from some retarded nation where "much better" actually means "exceedingly worse than hemmarhoid removal with red-hot needle-nose pliers", or something? i hope so, as, in that event, we are in full agreement. surely the ludicrous _lotd_, film qua film, is on a par with its puerile social commentary. i can't possibly let new romero news go by without seconding the emotion that mr. george has not released compelling cinema since the year of our l-rd 1981. that's _knightriders_, and i don't like alot of it. but, oh my g-d, compared to _bruiser_, _knightriders_ is, like, i don't know, _children of paradise_. and mr. romero's screenwriting abilities are, uh, um, not improving over time, nor with successive awful films. i still wish he'd do that trujillo film with ed harris and have mario vargas llosa adapt his own _year of the goat_. a wish devoutedly to be unconsummated. jorge, won't you please call richard price, or stephen gaghan or freakin' joe eszterhas to write thirteen times the screenplay you would be capable of for this or any other film you may direct, now and in the future? perhaps you might rise to the occasion of your material if you aren't involved in its sucky realization? worth finding out, isn't it? (say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes," say "yes,"....).

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stone_Tape

    by Trevor Goodchild

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    best J-horror film you've never seen...

    by beamish13

    Like many here, I've been bitterly disappointed by most Japanese horror films of recent years (and as a bit of a side note, I think South Korea's output as a whole is starting to give Japan's a run for their money), but there's a film that came out in 1995 called SCHOOL OF GHOSTS that simply must be seen. It's a twisted, very funny twist on GHOSTBUSTERS that also invokes Japanese urban legends like "Hanako" (a girl that supposedly offed herself in a school lavatory and subsequently haunted it). Very fun, corny, and quoatable.

  • Aug. 7, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Tripp5 - I clarified about "The Descent"

    by Arche Logos

    Though it was set in the US. I was so looking forward to seeing it after all I'd read about it and was totally disappointed. I was yawning through it and stuck around mostly to see how the ending had changed from the UK release. Haven't had a movie really freak me out since "Event Horizon", which fucked with my head for quite some time.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 11:29 p.m. CST

    UR MOM IS HITTING IT AGAIN

    by Sam Raimi's Car

    lolololololzor