While George A. Romero struggles to make his latest zombie flick Road of the Dead a reality, his luck might be about to change at this years Frontières co-production market, which could be the perfect place to seek the financing needed. The new flick is co-written by Romero and is set to be directed by Matt Birman.
“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 populous.”
Romero recently spoke with Rue Morgue to discuss his next hopeful project Road of the Dead, and by reading the plot details, it sounds like it’s going to be something totally different to his past zombie flicks.
“It’s set in a sanctuary city where this fat cat runs a haven for rich folks, and one of the things that he does is stage drag races to entertain them,” Romero told the site. “There’s a scientist there doing genetic experiments, trying to make the zombies stop eating us, and he has discovered that with a little tampering, they can recall certain memory skills that enable them to drive in these races. So it’s a demolition derby with zombies at the wheels, and of course the shit hits the fan in other ways. It’s really a romp; it’s great fun, with stunts galore.”
Romero delves deeper, “This one is really almost a comedy, though it’s got scares and spooky moments and all that. It’s more about suspense than blood. While there is gore, it’s not overt; there are no big, operatic sequences where people get torn apart. There’s slapstick in it, but it’s mostly stunts; it’s quite different. One character dies, for example, in a tragic way, but was once in NASCAR and is able to come back and drive. It’s that kind of looney-tunes.”
“It’s really THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS with zombies.“
Head on over to Rue Morgue to learn more.