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George A. Romero (1939 - Present) [Last Updated: 01/02/04]
In 1968, George A. Romero forever changed the face of fearfilm with his groundbreaking "Night of the Living Dead". The film has inspired dozens of imitations, kept millions of viewers awake at night, and paved the way for a new generation of cinema. Aside from its explicit violence and taut storytelling style, "Night of the Living Dead" proved to aspiring directors that one needn't have the backing of a major studio to produce work of enduring popularity. However indirectly, we have this film and Romero to thank for the blossoming of independent cinema that has taken place over the past twenty-five years.

But Romero's contribution to American film only began with "Night of the Living Dead". Since that film, he has directed more than a dozen films and television shows, and his talent shows no sign of fading. Romero's distinctive style and his consistent concern for strongly acted, suspenseful situations place him among the better American directors both and out of the genre he has chosen.

Born in the Bronx in 1939, Romero began making his first films, in 8mm while still in his teens. He later studied art, design, and theater at the Carnegie-Mellon Institute of Art in Pittsburgh, where he graduated in 1961 with a B.A. Subsequently, he formed his own Pittsburgh-based company, Latent Image, to produce industrial films and television commercials. Then in 1967, he teamed up with another Pittsburgh advertising firm, Hardman Associates, to produce a low-budget feature-length horror film that he hoped would serve as his ticket into the film industry. As a result, "Night of the Living Dead" took shape more as a portfolio piece than as a self-conscious entry into fear film. Owing to its popularity and marketability, the horror film has traditionally been the proving ground for unknown directors, since it's much easier to find a distributor for horror movies than it might be for a drama or a comedy. Romero's first film was a demonstration not only that he could direct a film but that his direction was versatile. The overwhelmingly suspenseful mood of the film also contains moments of dark humor ("They're dead . . . they're . . . all messed up"), romance, and tragedy. This blend of the horrific with the drama of everyday life immediately marks the film as one of lasting power.

Romero dislikes being tagged as a "message filmmaker." His films, though, do have messages, and it's hard to believe those messages end up in his films without Romero's knowledge or permission. "Night of the Living Dead", like the majority of his films, has a bitter, cynical message, which, simply put, is this: People are too petty, too full of themselves, ever to survive.

See also:
Land of the Dead, Land of the Dead 2, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Diamond Dead, Dracula, The Ill

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11/29/05 George A. Romero Confirms Land of the Dead 2 Likely
Empire Online has jumped the gun a little bit in their reports, but it looks like Land of the Dead 2 is very possible:
“Now that Land of the Dead did so well in European markets and Japan, and the DVD is flying off shelves, there’s talk of a sequel,” [George A. Romero] confirmed.

We say ‘surprised’ because, last time we encountered Romero back in August, he was somewhat down after the movie hadn’t performed well at the US box office, where it had been thrown up against the likes of Batman Begins and War Of The Worlds. But since then, the movie has caught on around the world and Universal/Rogue Pictures and Atmosphere, the production company behind Land are sniffing around a follow-up.

If it happens, a new Dead movie will follow the surviving characters from Land on their journey north, and as such will mark the first time Romero has made a direct sequel to one of his zombie flicks. And this time, there won’t be a lengthy gap between films.

“Frankly, I was ok with that,” because I’d much rather wait for something to happen, laughed Romero, referring to the political subtext that underpins each of his zombie movies. “If they nuke Washington, then I’ve got something. It won’t be in April but it might now be August or something. I hope to God we don’t have to do the winter again, but there’s a real buzz happening now about a sequel.”

Land Part Deux puts Romero’s two planned Stephen King adaptations, From A Buick 8 and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, on the back burner for a while yet. From A Buick 8, a tender coming of age fantasy that just happens to revolve around a car from an alien dimension, had only recently been announced as Romero’s next project.

“There’s no deal,” he said. “There’s no ink on paper. I have no idea if that’s first, or if Tom Gordon’s first. It’s all about who writes the first cheque. I like ‘em, I wrote screenplays for both of ‘em and I’m very comfortable with where they sit right now. But it’s all about which one gets going first.”

11/04/05 George A. Romero, Direct to Video? has dangled a tidbit from their upcoming interview with John Harrison, assistant director to George A. Romero,
"I can’t talk about them too much because they’re in the nascent stages. There are a couple of smaller projects,including one that could be really fun. I can’t talk too much about it, unfortunately, but what I can say is that it remains in the world he is known for and it would be a new DVD franchise.”
CHUD also says the future interview will talk about Romero's Dracula project.

12/28/04 Land of the Dead Behind the Scenes & Romero Produces Video Games
Roy Frumkes, director of Document of the Dead, has written up a behind the scenes feature on George Romero's Land of the Dead, here's a sample:
George was under a lot of pressure, compressing the script, doing whatever was necessary to meet the new economic crunch. I’d seen him under such conditions before, with TWO EVIL EYES, when the lab ruined five days of shooting. His kind nature remains, but you can feel the strain.
As you may have heard, Romero "walked of the set" of Land of the Dead. MoviesOnline reports what's really happened:
There is absolutely no reason to panic since he walked off on the final day of shooting 5 hours before it was supposed to wrap. Look at it like leaving early on a friday. The rumors of him quitting the movie, or just giving up and throwing in the towel are silly. The producers and the rest of the crew stepped in and finished shooting the film which was just insert shots that they needed. Considering it was only 5 hours before the final wrap it was obviously only going to be small things that needed to be done. Something that they could do easy enough without George. Mr. Romero is a really cool guy and it is shown by the fact that 2 days later he was at the wrap party and seemed in good spirits.
And finally Hip Interactive announces an agreement with Living Dead Productions to produce a series of George A. Romero-branded games. Details have yet to be revealed, but the games, expected for "all current and upcoming platforms," would almost certainly be based on Romero classics such as Night of the Living Dead and the original Dawn of the Dead. Hip expects to announce the first title soon.

"Horror fans have been searching for the ultimate experience in gaming, and we intend to deliver it to them with the tremendous creative input of legendary director, George A. Romero, and Living Dead Productions," said Arindra Singh, President and CEO of Hip Interactive.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to share George's work and ideas with the game buying public," said Simon Bailey, Managing Director of Living Dead Productions. "We are very impressed with the quality of work that Hip will bring to the games. George's fans and gamers alike will not be disappointed!"

12/04/04 Land of the Dead Set Report
First off, MoviesOnline got a hold of on set photos from Land of the Dead, including a screen capture from the upcomming film and George A. Romero himself behind the camera.

Also, USA Today posted an article, I was a middle-aged zombie, about the trials and tribulations of a zombie extra as Susan Wloszczyna suits up. Here's an interesting excerpt:

The onetime pre-med student [Greg Nicotero], 41, turned down the chance to do Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds to reteam with the 64-year-old horror master. His most surprising revelation: Romero doesn't bother to direct the zombies.

"If you have 60 people dress like zombies and you show them something that you like, you get 60 people doing the exact same thing," he explains. "My opinion of a good zombie walk is to loll your head as if it's a little too heavy and the muscles have begun to atrophy."

You can read her complete article, about what she experienced, and look at 6 more pics as Susan gets her Make-Up from Greg Nicotero!

08/30/04 Land of the Dead EFX Overflow w/ Tom Savini
Dark Horizons had some dismembered eyes and ears on the Q&A with horror legend Tom Savini last night in Toronto where the man was talking to a convention crowd about his role in George A. Romero's upcoming 'Land of the Dead' movie. Here's a few details:

"Shooting will be in Toronto starting in early October and apprently Romero has been spending his days location scouting around the city. Savini also talked about how he will have a large role in the film playing a character who goes into the the zombie infested world to get supplies for wealthy survivors.

The coolest part he mentioned was that he would also be reprising his role from the original 'Dawn of the Dead' (the Biker Gang guy) that died and fell into the fountain in the mall- who has since become a zombie. He said that he will actually kill his zombie self in the new film.

There was also talk of using several CG zombies to sort of update the effects and show the audience things that a guy with makeup on could never pull off. Lastly he said Romero has made it clear his zombies will slow moving, as compared to the 'fast zombies' like in the 'Dawn' Remake, the way Romero always did it".

Fangoria posted a Fearful Feature with KNB EFX Group member Greg Nicotero who right off the bat allowed Dead fans to sleep a little better at night,

"George has already expressed to me that, whether it means that there will be an unrated DVD edition vs. a regular [theatrical] cut—and I’m sure ratings will come into it—he wants to pull out all the stops. There will be an unrated version; whether it’ll play theatrically or just be released on DVD, I don’t know. But we’ve already been doing zombie feasting tests, and it’s like, ‘OK, how do we do this in one take?’ The whole goal is to push the envelope, because I’m not only working on this film, I’m excited to be the first guy in the audience to see it.”
So, like the much improved uncut version of the Dawn of the Dead remake, we should get our fair share of gut busting only Romero's films can deliever. Nicotero also details the balance of practicle and CGI to be used:
“There are also going to be a lot of puppet heads, similar to things we did on ARMY OF DARKNESS, where we built full-body, articulated creatures,” he continues. “We’re going to use CGI to erase the puppeteers so that every zombie you see is a practical effect. We don’t want to do CGI zombies; I don’t want to remove people’s faces digitally. I want to do it for real, and George has basically said, as we’ve gone through the screenplay, ‘Greg, I’d like 10 or 12 zombie gags that people are going to look at and say, “How did they do that?” ’ My goal is to create characters that, 20 years from now, people will come to a convention with a photo of that zombie and want me to sign it.”
Did that "characters" talk make you take a double take? Well if it didn't, this will:
[T]hese zombies become—not superintelligent, but they aren’t just walking around chomping on people. It’s taking the groundwork that Howard Sherman laid [as experimental ghoul Bub in DAY] and building on that.
Sounds great. Read the entire article for all the juicy tidbits.

08/17/04 Dennis Hopper Cast in Land of the Dead
Sources have told The Horror Channel that Dennis Hopper has landed a starring role in George A. Romero's Land Of The Dead, the upcoming and long-awaited fourth film in the director's classic horror series. The film, reportedly budgeted at $16 million, is tentatively scheduled to begin shooting this fall. Hopper's casting represents the first "name" actor to be cast in one of Romero's Dead films, which have previously featured relative unknowns. More casting announcements are expected to come in the weeks ahead.

07/16/04 Land of the Dead Greenlighted
Variety reports that George Romero is set to direct "Land of the Dead," a horror film that picks up on the zombie saga he hatched with "Night of the Living Dead" and continued with "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead."

Pic, from Romero's own script, is being co-financed by Atmosphere Entertainment and Paris-based Wild Bunch. Production will begin in October in Winnipeg or Pittsburgh. Latter was the site of shooting for Romero's original 1968 zombie trilogy.

New film will be produced by Atmosphere chairman-CEO Mark Canton and prexy Bernie Goldmann, along with Romero's partner Peter Grunwald of Romero Grunwald Prods. Atmosphere's Steve Barnett is exec producer.

Go picture is the first for Atmosphere, which Canton formed late last year with financing from Daedalus Media Partners principal Mark J. Kimsey. While the company hatched a surplus of scripts Canton brought from previous ventures, "Land of the Dead" is a new script buy.

In Romero's new pic, the zombies having taken over the world and those left alive are confined to a walled-in city that keeps out the corpse corps. Anarchy rules the streets, with the wealthy insulated and living in fortified skyscrapers. Drama revolves around a group of scavengers who must thwart an attempt to overthrow the city while the dead are evolving from brainless slow-moving creatures into more advanced creatures.

Canton said Romero's early work was the touchstone for a slew of current horror hits and that his script showed the master hadn't lost his touch.

He and Goldmann described the film as "Night of the Living Dead" meets "The Road Warrior," and Wild Bunch's Vincent Grimond sparked to the overseas potential. The two companies have the ability to cover the budget themselves but expect to land a domestic distributor before the zombies wreak havoc in the fall.

Romero had been developing "Diamond Dead," a black comedy musical that's being produced by Scott Free and Andrew Gaty, and he also scripted an adaptation of the Stephen King novel "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon," which he may direct for Canadian financier Don Archibald and Lions Gate. But he jumped at the chance to dig up the dead again.

"People ask me why I've waited so long to do another 'Dead' film," Romero said. "I made one in the '60s, one in the '70s and one in the '80s. The only reason I missed the '90s is because I wanted to stay faithful to the tradition while coming up with something new."

Romero's new film will have a budget in the teens. The original cost $140,000 and grossed $20 million worldwide, becoming one of the most profitable films of all time. The first sequel, "Dawn of the Dead" cost $1.2 million and grossed $40 million worldwide.

07/09/04 George Romero talks LAND OF THE DEAD and DIAMOND DEAD
After years of little activity, George A. Romero is suddenly busier than a flesh-eating ghoul in a shopping mall. Two film projects—the rock-and-roll horror film DIAMOND DEAD and his fourth official entry in his classic zombie series, LAND OF THE DEAD–are now closer to reality than ever before. In fact, after so many false starts and unrealized projects, Romero is now dealing with a different sort of issue. “I’m suddenly faced with a problem of both films having financing, and I believe LAND OF THE DEAD is going to go first, since that deal is basically complete. But I love DIAMOND DEAD, and I hope the money people will wait for me, instead of trying to find someone else to do it.”

Both movies have independent financing, although Romero says that LAND OF THE DEAD (formerly DEAD RECKONING) has a big-name producer behind it. “I can’t say who it is yet, but it’s a major deal,” the filmmaker says. “I hope they leave us alone and don’t want to ‘Hollywood-ize’ it too much, or spend too much money, but those are battles yet to be fought.”

Romero does acknowledge, however, that there’s a very good chance that the initial release version of LAND OF THE DEAD will not have the same freedoms as his original, unrated DAWN OF THE DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD. “The producers want major distribution, so I’m sure that the first release version, in this country anyway, will have to be R-rated. I don’t think they’ll want to go NC-17. But they’re gonna let me shoot the film the way I want to, and they’ll let me do the cutbacks for release. Hopefully the fans will still show up, and then see the [unrated] edition later on video.”

The director hopes to begin production on LAND OF THE DEAD in October, with KNB already bidding on the FX work, and Romero says the project is “definitely moving full speed ahead.” He’d love to begin work on DIAMOND DEAD immediately afterward, possibly in the spring; the project’s website can be accessed here. A third film—Romero’s adaptation of Stephen King’s THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON, is waiting in the wings and could also roll by mid-2005, and the director will executive-produce a Paramount remake of his 1973 film THE CRAZIES, being scripted by Scott (TEXAS CHAINSAW) Kosar. While juggling all these projects could be stressful to some, Romero is perfectly happy: “It’s nice to know that I might be working! I’ve been sitting on my ass for too long. But, yeah, things look really good right now.”

05/20/04 Dead 4 Greenlight, Dawn DVD Date, Crazies Remake In Production & George A. Romero Updates
Master chef George A. Romero's various dishes have all gone from simmer to boil this past week, let's start with the news we all wanted to hear from
"Just got off the phone with a VERY reliable source and am happy to announce that Romero's newest zombie movie has been given the green light - and we got the scoop!!

After word/rumors of this installment have floated around for how long, Fox gave the green light just today [5.10.04] and this 4th zombie/dead installment, still being called 'Dead Reckoning' is now actively looking at locations for shooting. 'Reckoning' is said to take place after the events of Day of the Dead.

George and several cast members from the original installments - Night of the Living Dead [Kyra Schon, Russ Streiner, and John Russo], Dawn of the Dead [Ken Foree, David Emge, Scott Reiniger, Sharon Ceccatti, and Clayton Hill], and Day of the Dead [Lori Cardille, Joe Pilato, Gary Klar, and Anthony DiLeo] - will also be at the Horrorfind Convention this August in Baltimore - can you smell a theme?

And if that's not enough zombies and Romero news for you... George is also working on pre-production for another zombie film called Diamond Dead, about a young women working with a zombie band on a mission to kill 365 people in one year's time."

Kick fuckin` ass! Now for some short but sweet news from, the release date for Anchor Bay's three disc Dawn of the Dead DVD set will be set for September 7th, 2004. This set is speculated to contain the Director's Theatrical Cut, The Cannes "Director's Cut" and the Dario Argento European Cut. But if you missed the updates here's some more news from DVD Maniacs:
Anchor Bay gave us a little scoop on their upcoming multi-disc set of Dawn of the Dead. This past Friday, a new commentary track was recorded with the four of the original cast members: Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, Scott H. Reiniger, David Emge! This is the cherry on the top of the cake! This is an excellent addition to the final set is shaping up to become the version to end all versions! A lot of credit should got to AB for putting this together. Getting people together from different locations is a sometimes a huge task, but they did it.

AB has also acquired the rights to The Killing Machine with Sonny Chiba, and the old '70s grindhouse flick, Brotherhood of Death!

Felshner (Anchor Bay) has confirmed at a convention that Document of the Dead will be included on in the boxset, but it will not have any of the extras of the Synapse release.

Also from

Paramount Pictures is going with The Crazies, setting up a remake of George Romero's 1972 horror-thriller with Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris to produce at their Penn Station shingle, according to Variety.

"The project will update the storyline of the original, in which inhabitants of a small Pennsylvania town are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply.

The original was released in 1972, four years after Romero's debut with "Night of the Living Dead."

Romero, who directed and co-wrote the original pic with Paul McCollough, is exec producing. Par exec VP Ally Shearmur and veep Andrew Haas are overseeing for the studio while Katie Lim is supervising for Penn Station.

Penn Station signed a first-look deal with Paramount last year. Its projects include sci-fier "The Girl Who Could Fly"; comedy "The User," which Guy Walks Into a Bar is co-producing; and an adaptation of Michael Marshall Smith's sci-fi novel "Spares," with Vertigo Entertainment partners Roy Lee and Doug Davison."

And now for the news direct from the horse's mouth.
ABC decided not to do "Dracula". They did Stephen King's hospital thing instead. (I got beat-out by my buddy, Steve. I'm pissed, but not suicidal.) Faithful agents are currently trying to peddle my Drac script elsewhere. Que sera, sera.

Steve and I are working together on "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon". Dakota Fanning wants to play "The Girl". Laura Dern is interested in playing "Mother of the Girl". We hope to shoot this coming summer. If it doesn't happen, I'll be pissed, but not suicidal.

My fourth zombie flick, "Dead Reckoning", is percolating on "high boil" since the "Dawn of the Dead" remake made 27 million in its first weekend. There's a very good chance that "Dead Reckoning" will go into production soon.

Soon. The great God Soon.

"Diamond Dead" continues to percolate on "hogh-boil" as well, benefiting from the success of "Dawn". (Check out the "Diamond Dead" web site, also designed by Cameron…brilliantly. I'll be showing up there every once in a while, along with Richard Hartley ("The Rocky Horror Picture Show").

I've written a six-issue comic book series for DC about a dead super hero (I deal in death a lot), and I've written two new screenplays on spec., "The Calling" and "Stranger". (More about those later, if there is ever more to report.)

That's all there is, guys, for now.

No news on The Ill, and that's just a statement of fact not a complaint. Damn cool news. Damn cool.

05/20/04 Diamond Dead Casting Speculation
Speaking of Diamond Dead, here's some possible casting news from
DAVID BOWIE, MARILYN MANSON, OZZY OSBOURNE , JOHNNY DEPP, and GWEN STEFANI are all being considered for roles in a rock zombie movie.

The official website for the film allows fans to read the scripts from the films, and director Andrew Gaty has been running his casting ideas past users of the site.

"We are finding out aboutDavid Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne. We also discussed Gwen Stefani for Aria. I am particularly interested to hear your thoughts on Gwen."

"The script is out to Marilyn for the role of Jesus Christ. Any comments?"

Of course, this has stired some controversy reported by MSNBC:
Will Marilyn Manson play Jesus?

The shock rocker — whose controversial lyrics and stage antics have made him the target of some Christian groups — is being tapped to play Christ in an upcoming film. “Diamond Dead” is a far cry from “The Passion of the Christ.” It’s a dark comedy about a rock band that makes a deal with the devil and — according to an excerpt of the script posted on line — in the film, Jesus smokes pot. “Diamond Dead” will be directed by George Romero, who also did “Night of the Living Dead,” and music was written by Richard Hartley, who composed for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“The idea of Marilyn Manson in the role of Jesus Christ is getting all sorts of reactions,” according to the “Diamond Dead” web site. “Someone emailed me saying that it’s a horrible and anti-Christian idea, but nevertheless they are praying for us.”

When called by the Scoop, Manson’s rep had no comment.

Diamond Dead production has released some statements:
MSNBC has a story today on their home page today about the possibility of Marilyn Manson in the role of Jesus Christ, mentioning that Jesus smokes pot. They are also featuring a “live vote”, which certainly seems lively. The early count is about 2/3 against, 1/3 for.

I though we should make clear that our intent is to be of good humor and not to offend. This should not be taken out of context. To illustrate that all this is just fun, Jesus says "don't tell Dad".

Some of the reaction is based on the first two drafts of the script and not on the latest one by George. I hope that we will be able to get the next draft posted soon, which clarifies the scene a little better. I think the scene they refer to is somewhere around page 70 or 77 on the drafts posted and on page 57 on the third draft.

I don’t want to this to get out of hand and I will be discussing this with Scott Free.

We have received quite number of emails complaining about the possibility of Marilyn Manson in the role of Jesus Christ and about the scene in Heaven with Dr. Diabolicus and Jesus smoking pot.

It appears that there is a campaign being organized to stop production of the movie. It is not out of the question that this may be a bit of a worry to some of the studios who may be interested in distributing our movie. If this happens, so be it.

The reason why we have posted these emails is that we felt we should not censor comments. Also, we set out from the start to answer all questions, so we thought it fair to allow this group to have their say.

We stand by our project and will not make any changes to accommodate the radical and biased comments.

There are two more rewrites, which have not been posted and at least one more rewrite coming from George, so these comments are way too premature.

We regret that some might find parts of the script offensive, but those who are offended have an easy choice: don’t see the movie.

I know Romero will stick to his guns when he feels he has to, but it'll be interesting to see if the producers will pressure for change. Stand strong George!

01/05/04 Ridley Scott Joins The Diamond Dead
In talks for months, Ain't It Cool got the first offical news:
I'm here in LA helping DIAMOND DEAD get off and running, and thought you'd be interested to know that RIDLEY SCOTT and SCOTT FREE PRODUCTIONS have just hopped on board. You heard right- Ridley Scott is joining Andrew Gaty as co-producer of a film directed by George Romero. This is great news for the production, and for fans of George- for obvious reasons.
How'd you like to work on Romero's next feature, you may not even get a buck but maybe a free t-shirt:
We're looking for some passionate fans who'd be interested in helping us out. Right now we're looking to build a great team of interns (doesn't matter where you are, as long as you have an internet connection and a phone). Motivation and passion are the key factors in who we're looking for- so if anyone's interested, email me (cover letter and resume, or just tell me about yourself, why and how you want to help- no attached files...) at MCGOWAN [at] DIAMONDDEAD.COM

In short, there's an opportunity to work on this film as it is being wheeled to the launching pad. You don't need industry experience to apply- we want people who would LOVE to work on this film.

Check out the website at

01/19/04 TeamXbox Joins the Diamond Dead
Sounds like George A. Romero's latest project Diamond Dead is actually starting to get some where with this new report:
This week, we reached an agreement with in which they will sponsor the Open Source nature of the Diamond Dead video game development.

They are already hosting the official Diamond Dead forums on their website and fans and gamers alike are flocking to get their gaming suggestions heard.

This could be a first for the gaming industry, as we are being sure to take everyone's suggestions into consideration.

Sure, there are weak suggestions or suggestions that we're just not ready to get to yet, but all in all, everyone in the forums seems to be taking this opportunity seriously and posting genuine and serious thoughts for the game.

This is a really excitiing piece of this whole Diamond Dead puzzle for all of us involved, as we're all pretty much Xbox freaks and are absolutely psyched about the opportunity to be involved in the development of an actual Xbox game!

According the official website they expect to shoot around March next year, possibly in England.

07/18/02 Dead 4 Script Review
George A. Romero fans listen up, Creature Corner posted a positive script review of "Dead Reckoning" with major spoilers, here's a clip without spoilers:
Romero gives us more zombie mayhem... Despite what you may have read in a recent ‘Dead Reckoning’ script review over at AICN, the zombies certainly do not take the back burner this time around. Though the focus of the story is not centered so much around “knowing the zombie” (something ‘Day of the Dead’ explored), they’re still not a force to be reckoned with. In numbers they’re deadly and like an infection of the human body, a zombie inside a protected community must be dealt with quickly. And, like the unfortunate helicopter zombie in ‘Dawn [of the Dead]’ or the bumbling corpse that falls off the elevated platform in ‘Day’, there are some great glimpses of the undead in their prime - let’s say, curious - form. There are some promising gruesome zombie deaths that will no doubt be fun for the lucky FX house assigned to the job.
On August 1st, the Encore channel, as part of their The Directors series, will air The Films of George Romero, a one-hour documentary.

03/27/02 Dead 4's Official Title!
It's Official, the title of Dead 4 is Dead Reckoning. George A. Romero confirmed this at a recent theatrical screening of Bruiser. No word on when it will go before the cameras, but with Resident Evil doing well, zombie cinema may be set to rise once more from the grave.

02/10/02 New Dawn of the Dead DVD & Interview w/ Romero
Mike Felsher from Anchor Bay recently said that a 3-disc Dawn of the Dead DVD set is currently in the works. It will include all three versions of the film (Cannes Cut, US Theatrical, Argento's Zombi), as well as the George/Christine/Savini commentary track from the laser disc of a few years back. Furthermore, the fine actors who portrayed our fearsome mall foursome will most likely provide a cast commentary. Other extras, too, will be included.

The folks at Canal+ recently sat down with George and got his thoughts on everything from Bruiser to Dead 4 to September 11th. It's one of the best interviews with George that I've ever seen. Watch it right here.

06/13/01 Dead Brains 4 Me, Dead Brains 4 You.
George A. Romero's Official website has posted a little Q&A with the zombie master himself. They talk about misc. things in his movies, and give some nice juicy details on the upcomming Dusk of the Dead. He's some of George's brain matter here. Please don't crowd, there's enough to go around:
Q: How close is DEAD 4 to actually being a reality, and would you consider shooting it with a 24-fps digital video camera?

A: You have the camera, I'll start shooting today! I'll shoot with whatever camera anybody is willing to put in my hands. I'd prefer 35mm film, as a 35mm neg. still offers widest distribution.

Anchor Bay has an offer on the table for a 3-4 million dollar budget. I'm afraid the film might cost 5-6. I hope A.B. will agree to taking in a "partner", maybe a European company. If not, maybe private investment can be found.

Either way, I am currently working on the script...almost finished... and I am hoping for the best.

Q: In the past, you've mentioned such tantalizing plot elements as a "fortified city" and an "ignoring the problem" subtext. Is there anything else you can tell us about DEAD 4?

A: A "fortified city" is central to the plot. Fat Cats and "Smarties" have decided to "reclaim" their lives...despite obvious difficulties, which plays into the "ignoring the poblem" subtext.

The only other thing I'm willing to say is that DEAD 4, if it happens, is going to be fabulous... a great big bundle of shock and entertainment that will make you sing and dance all the way to your grave site.

Q: When the fourth DEAD film is made, are you keeping the ever-increasing DVD-buying public in mind, as far as commentaries, deleted scenes, special effects studies, etc. are concerned?

A: Yes. J.B. Destiny and I have been discussing a video documentation of the entire process, beginning to end.

05/22/01 Back From the Dead... Again... And Again... And Once Again
(But still can't get enough of'em!)

While appearing at the Motor City Comicon this past weekend, makeup wizard Tom Savini told our scooper the following: George Romero has written 40 pages of the new Dead movie, and when asked if Savini would be doing the SFX for the movie, replied "I certainly hope to!"


Links - The Official Website of the New Rock Horror From George A. Romero and Richard Hartley
Official George A. Romero.Com, The

Homepage of the Dead - George A Romero's Dead Trilogy.
Zombie - The Films of George A. Romero.

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