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George Romero Shooting Zombie Movie!!

Published at: Oct. 2, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
George Romero, the writer-director who gave us “Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Day of the Dead,” “Land of the Dead” and “Diary of the Dead” is hard at work on an untitled sequel which may or may not wind up being called “Island of the Dead.” "Night of the Living Dead" has also spawned sequels not directed by Romero, including "Return of the Living Dead," "Return of the Living Dead II," "Return of the Living Dead III," "Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis," and "Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave." We've also seen remakes of "Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead." That's a lot of zombies! Shooting in Canada, the new film stars Canadian Kenneth Welch ("Rise of the Silver Surfer"). Variety describes the premise:
Plot involves inhabitants of an isolated island off the North American coast who find their relatives rising from the dead to eat their kin. The leaders of the island feud over whether or not to kill their reanimated relatives or preserve them in hopes of finding a cure.
Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Oct. 2, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Zombies rule!

    by Kneprock

    Although if my dearly departed were trying to eat me I'm not sure I'd debate keeping them around.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Wow...Scorsese making another mob picture and...

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Seems somewhat arbitrary

    by superunknown85

    But whatever,

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Romero gearing up another zombie flick

    by Cletus Van Damme

    originality abounds

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Diary was misunderstood...

    by Kasch

    Diary was made to mock overly-dramatic internet docs like Loose Change and Romero hit the nail on the head so hard, people didn't even get the joke. Bring on Dead 6! The man is a genius.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    diary had bad acting. period.

    by Jubba

    otherwise, it could have been awesome.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11 p.m. CST

    Bad Acting is Necessary is any legit Dead Movie

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    It's part of the ingredients to the recipe.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    WOW Harry you are so Slow

    by Tthenomad

    I read this on Dark Horizons and other sites days ago....sigh....I remember the time when this site broke stories when was the last time that happened?

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Stephen King's "Home Delivery"?

    by caruso_stalker217

    Well, not really. Island community, zombies, yeah. I always wanted to see "Home Delivery" as a short film or something. This will do, pig. This will do.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Kasch

    by MrD

    Show me one iota of evidence for your point of view. There was nothing in Diary that even remotely echoed the (reprhensible) Loose Change, save, perhaps, the conceit that it was made by college students. Diary was echoing the Blair Witch/Cloverfield "found footage" genre (yes, I know Cloverfield was made after Diary) which Romero has become attracted to thanks to its low cost. If he was going after Loose Change, it would have been made as an "after the fact" documentary, assembling footage from numerous sources instead of 1 or 2 primary cameras. None of that, though, can hide the fact that Diary is drivel, and I say that having a very low threshold when it comes to getting pleasure from a horror film. The acting was atrocious, but the directing was terrible too. It failed to capture the "found footage" feel - every "kill" is in center frame. Characters have private converstations right in front of the camerz. There is no real sense that this is an unstaged event captured spontaneously, which is the entire point of this sub-genre.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    diary of the dead

    by ranma627

    was the worst movie I saw all year.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    FUCK YOU GUYS

    by unkempt_sock

    romero owns, zombies own, fuck you guys

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Where's my fucking LAND OF THE DEAD sequel?

    by caruso_stalker217

    Where the fuck is it, Romero? Did Riley and the gang make it to Canada? Did Slack switch back to fishnets and stiletto boots? Will the little fat man return? Questions, Romero. Questions.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    shoot in canada, why not set it in canada?

    by Jubba

    us canadians love zombie stuff too...we'd love to see how us canucks would fight off the hordes...you can even use a hockey stick and moose antlers as weapons if you must make the jokes.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Diary of the Dead

    by Wrath4771

    There were some decent things about Diary, but I think a real Resident Evil movie would be great. Either do the first game or Code Veronica. That would be swell.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    zombie are better than vampires any day

    by RexGattling

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    i like zombies more

    by ranma627

    but I have to say I feel there's better movies out there that are about vamprires then about zombies.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST

    ranma627

    by caruso_stalker217

    Bullshit. For vampires you got DRACULA, FRANCIE FORD'S DRACULA '92, various versions of DRACULA, and JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES. <p>Then there's Romero's DEAD movies, about zombies I'm told. So, yeah, there are more vampire movies but most of them are about DRACULA and a lot of them suck. <p>Then I've seen a lot of shitty zombie movies. By a bunch of Italian hacks. Fuck zombies.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    I forgot MONSTER SQUAD

    by caruso_stalker217

    Which is actually about a bunch of kids, does not feature any zombies and stars DRACULA.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzombies

    by Geekgasm

    While I admire someone for recognizing their interests, acknowledging their limitations, and finding their niche, this guy has turned his niche into a rut, like, 20 years ago. What was the last movie Romero made that didn't involve flesh-eating dead people? Monkey Shines? What was that - 15? 20 years ago? George, try a romantic comedy or something! Get the taste of zombie out of your mouth!

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    MrD

    by Kasch

    The droning, overly-dramatic, and manipulative narration is a direct mockery of Loose Change. Romero himself has stated that he was aiming his satire at the theatrical YouTube/video blogger generation and not trying to make a hyper-real cinema verite movie. He captured that look so well that a lot of the angrier internet bloggers didn't realize that they were the butt of the joke.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    "Bad Acting is Necessary is any legit Dead Movie"

    by Ditch Brodie

    I'll remember that the next time I watch 28 Days Later.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Diary of the Dead was awful awful

    by zooch

    When shooting a film that is supposed to feel real, why give all your characters really terrible dialog? and George please get out of inserting politics in your films, you suck at it now.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    dude give it a rest

    by oscarmike

    yeah you're a legend and whatnot but enough zombie movies man

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Saw them filming

    by aversiontherapy2

    Albeit only a helicopter shot. They had closed down University Avenue in Toronto, a 'grand' downtown boulevard, and were flying a helicopter low along the road filming what I assume was supposed to be a human-free city. They had stopped traffic for several blocks up and down the avenue, which is a pretty big deal but Toronto seems to bend over backwards for Hollywood.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    If Romero was trying to ironically make a bad zombie movie with

    by Xandar1977

    then he succeeded in half of that. He made a bad zombie movie. The irony was either too understated, or that's his BS way of defending that movie. I f*@^#&$!%ing loved Land of the Dead. Diary just seemed like a bunch of horror movie cliches without the clever social commentary that defines a satire. Ugh...

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Mikey Mike

    by Xandar1977

    I love Romero and I love zombie movies, but in a way I agree. I would love to see Romero make a romantic comedy or a buddy comedy. That would blow my mind. But I guess that would mean my head would explode, and that would be a bitch for the theatre staff to clean up.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    caruso_stalker

    by ranma627

    I stated based on my persona taste. I never saw Day of the Dead, mildly enjoyed Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead is unwatchable for me. I still have yet to see Lucio Fulci's Zombie. I also was pretty fond of Return of the Living Dead but upon revisiting it I cannot say anything special about it. So, I'm unable to point out one great zombie flick. But vampires on the other hand, just saw Legosi's Dracula and Near Dark, two great vampries movies. I also have always loved Interview with a Vampire and can't wait to see Let the Right One in. I still need to see Coppola's Dracula and the Dracula with Christopher Lee. I still think zombies are cooler but there movies sure aren't better.

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    plsu Monster Squad rocked

    by ranma627

    Like you said. "Give me the amulet you Bitch!"

  • Oct. 2, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Next Romero Z Flick should be called FANS

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    have the break out occur at a horror convention and Romero and Carpenter and Wes have to survive against the FANSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS....

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    I like zombies

    by DocManhattan

    And the best zombie movies have been shat out by Romero. So as long as he keeps drinking that zombie laxative, I will be there to sniff it up.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    anybody seen that fan made Monster Squad 2

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    on myspace. I so wish Hollywood would make a sequel like that. The Squad has to fight against Freddy Jason Chucky and Michael Myers. Ash is enlisted from the local Towns S Mart. It's his damn book that brought the 80's slasherspack into our relm. The Squad opened up the protal he made when they sent Dracula and the monsters into the one they created with the Amulet. Fuck.... Hollywood make that movie man. Some fans did, and it's a beyond cool concept, but it would be even cooler if Fred Dekker said- Um, Yes! lets make this film. There has to be a way to get all of the studios to do this. Think of it this way studios! You will secure the branding power of these characters for another 20 years if you drop them off into such a film.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    ranma627

    by caruso_stalker217

    DAY OF THE DEAD is my favorite zombie movie. Completely unappreciated in its time. I also forgot to mention SHAUN OF THE DEAD, which I'm sure 90% of the world loves. <p>Coppola's DRACULA is one of my favorite movies. Again, doesn't get the attention it deserves. True, casting Keanu was a mistake. But it's just too much damn fun doing impressions of him, so I can't say that he hurts the film too much.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    I like turtles

    by TRON

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    gimme more Zombies

    by GavinVanDraven

    Romero Zombies? lets do it. bring it George! who cares if its original... its more Romero Zombies!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    cool

    by ranma627

    I have to see coppola's Dracula. been wanting to. It does have the great Gsry Oldman after all. I loved Shaun of the Dead but felt the film lost its way towards the end. As soon as they arrived at the Winchester in went downhill for me. I know the movie had to eventually get serious but it just didn't work as well for me. My old buddy from work loved Day of the Dead oto, it's his favorite so I'll definitely give that one a shot too.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    I quote DAY OF THE DEAD far more than is necessary

    by caruso_stalker217

    And it has one of the best villains ever. Not because he's one of the most evil motherfuckers ever, but because he is just a complete asshole. <p>Coppola's DRACULA is definitely style over substance, but done very well. All of the effects are done in-camera, using old school methods. Interesting stuff.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Old school methords

    by ranma627

    aka far superior methods. I know I heard all about Bubba. I'll check it out. I've been doing a horrorfest at my house since September 16th. I've just been watching all kinds of horror movies. I have a lo of movies on the list I've already seen but I'm getting the urge to watch new stuff. What I've seen this year has really made it fun. I saw the original Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon for the first time. I saw Night of the Creeps (which was directed by the same Fred Dekker who did Monster Squad) and Near Dark which were great. It's been fun.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    George Romero needs to hang it up...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...his last two zombie movies were stinkers. Ridiculously stupid. Terrible movies. <P> Worthy of MST3K ridicule.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    ranma627

    by MC-909

    Fulci's "Zombie" is fucking awesome. Probably one of the creepiest films I've ever seen. Before watching it though, get yourself in the right mindset by pretending you're back in 1979 at a midnight screening at some dingy theatre somewhere. It's a fantastic movie with one of the craziest fucking scenes you will ever see in a Zombie movie or any other movie for that matter. (For those who have seen it, I'm talking about the underwater scene)

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Shark!!!!!!

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    Spoilageeeeeeeeee!!!!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    REC was nice and creepy

    by David Cloverfield

    But I had more laugh at Diary of the Dead. The characters are so fucking bad it's amazing. That professor... Damn, I was laughing like a maniac whenever he opened his mouth.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    i want to see REC dammit

    by GavinVanDraven

    Quarantine looks to be a great remake tho. Dexter's sister is in it... that's a bonus.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST

    DANCE OF THE DEAD

    by GavinVanDraven

    just saw this little ghosthouse (30 days of night, the grudge) production. this thing was pretty much a blast guys, check it out! its more comedy than anything else... its Zombies (fast movers) at the Prom. lots of fun stuff.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Owww! My leg!!

    by flickerbat

    Killing me won't bring back your bees!!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST

    fucking moron, return of the living dead is in no way related to

    by RokurGepta

    ...

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    TEST

    by Brachus12

    testing

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Caruso you genius, I was thinking the same

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    thing. I know Romero and King are buds. This one screamed out to me. I have a feeling George called Steven and said look, I want to do this movie, and I hope you don't get offended because I'm sort of using your idea. King's story, while great, was pretty much the Romero zombies anyway, so I hope he gave George a call.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    If there's a lession to be learned

    by Smerdyakov

    from Romero's Zombie flicks it's "Let the Dead Go". In every movie some idiot tries to treat the dead like they're still human and in every movie everybody gets eaten.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Cannibal movies need love too!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I want me some over-the-top, exploitive, Italian cannibal films like Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, and Cannibal Apocalypse! Why has nobody gone back to that well yet?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Death. Old school Bill Maher.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    What happened to the Diary 2 posters that were circulating

    by Sith Witch

    awhile back, promoted by Dimension Films? I thought it was a given that he was doing that next, and there was ocular proof to prove it a good six months ago.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Oh boy not again...

    by evilnerd

    I just can't wait to see more jocks and squeeking beauties in a horror film. You folks just like to eat up that concept, right? Does character development mean anything to the U.S. crowd? Well then i can understand, that there are some fanboys out there, who acctually liked Diary and Land (what a fu%$ing joke thas was:" they are looking for a place to go..")

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    C'mon George, make Winnipeg of the Dead already

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    It's what the man was born to do

    by Jawa 007

    If George makes a zombie movie, you can bet I'll watch it. Hmmm... might be time to revisit Land and Diary again.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    George Romero Shooting Zombie Movie!!

    by skimn

    Sun Rises In The Morning!!<p>Sun Sets In The Evening!!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    And excusing Diary as a bad movie

    by skimn

    because it was bad on purpose, that that was the joke, is really, really thin.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    huh

    by fartedinthefaceofhollywood

    Romero...doing a zombie movie???...get the fuck outta town, seriously???

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    by Beezbo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Ain't It old news

    by Beezbo

    I have known about this for months - I think it's shooting already! I've been wondering why this site has ignored it.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    rokur gepta

    by ranma627

    what are you talking about with return of the living dead. I know it's not related to Romero's films so I hope that comment wasn't directed towards me. I was merely stating a film I once liked but later realized it kinda sucked. I will be watching Fulci's Zombie and Day of the Dead soon, so hopefully those go well.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    DIARY OF THE DEAD was pretty damn bad.

    by uberman

    but it was better than the one before it. I've given up hope of a decent Romero zombie flick. Hell, I dont think I'd even bother with one at this point if I saw it in the NEW RELEASES section at BLOCKBUSTER.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    NECROPOST!

    by Mullah Omar

    Based on the title - Romero to direct zombie film" - this thread could be from any number of years ago. <br> <br> And yet a necropost would be totally appropriate when discussing George Romero.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    "i just wanted to crush them..."

    by duanejones

    ...all of the bad romero dead films from _day_ forward, that is. not a one of them is great. not _day_, not _land_, not the OK _diary_, neither. admittedly this is splitting hairs to an infinitely small width, but i am utterly mystified how any of you could profess love for _land_ and despise _diary_. yes, xander, i am looking at you. per the above, neither was great but damned if _diary_ didn't have more juice to drive the oh-so-effing labored zombie metaphor. plus the use of "real world" news footage made it feel like a more timely, trenchant film. i also concur with everyone who urges el jorge to hang up his "they're us" rotter booshit once and for all and make thrillers that OTHER PEOPLE WRITE!!! the problem with romero since _dawn_ has not been his direction -- hell, _bruiser_ is pretty well directed. the script, however...so, please, get rudy wurlitzer or richard price to write george a script and i bet he bats it the fook out the park. i further bet this is not a scenario we will ever see...kindly shoot me in the head before the next romero zombie flick. thanks in advance.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I don't get it.

    by Ray Gamma

    As a self-confessed HUGE fan of Romero's first three zombie movies, I simply don't understand why he is making these small scale reboots now. Surely the audience want a continuation? Surely it would be great to see an epic zombie movie that follows on from "Day of the Dead" or even "Land..."? Where the living dead have overrun the Earth? </P> <P> I don't understand it George, why are you doing these small-scale reboot stories? They're just like any other idiot's straight-to-video zombie films. There's no need to re-boot it in a small 'slasher movie with teenagers getting killed' sort of formula. That's just totally undoing all the great work you did with the bleak epic world-scale horror of the first three films!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Shocking!

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Another Romero zombie movie... I guess he's never heard of artistic growth.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    "Diary" was still better than most zombie films

    by Ben Addiction

    Let's face it - there are maybe a dozen actual good-to-great zombie films and the rest are complete trash. I wasn't crazy about "Land" but it was still worth watching. Despite Romero's inability to write dialogue or coax realistic performances from actors, he still has a good track record, and "Diary" was pretty good. Aside from a grandpa's attempts to understand the kids today and their wacky innernet blogs and texty phones, "Diary" was a decent, if modest, return to form. If anyone else had made it, it would have been more warmly received. There are Kubrick-style expectations on the guy, and we should be having Spike Lee-level expectations (occasionally great, sometimes only so-so, but at least he's putting ideas out there and trying, instead of obsessively holding out for a masterpiece).

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Romero & Lucas need to make a Zombie Star Wars

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    Both of them have been returning to the same material again and again. A team up could make it fresh. Think about it Jedi Vs the Undead across the Galaxy. Blame it on a dust from a supernova that or midicholorians

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Dracula

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Then they could follow it up with a g rated animated follow up that has a $100,000 budget.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Zombie Star Wars has already been done

    by Ray Gamma

    Didn't you see Natalie Portman's performance in the prequels?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Regarding RE, Code Veronica happens on an island.

    by Warcraft

    Code Veronica takes place on an island, George should make his film about that!

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