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George Romero’s ‘Road of the Dead’ to Get AFM Launch by Elle Driver, JoBro and EMAfilms



George A. Romero

Filming is gearing up with The Witch, Patti Cake$ and Pyewacket producer JoBro Productions & Film Finance and EMAfilms (Radius, Turbo Kid) on board as producers with Elle Driver, Birman, Manjourides and Martell taking executive producer credits, ScreenDaily reports.

The production features a number of other Romero collaborators, notably special make-up effects creator Greg Nicotero, co-founder of the Oscar-winning special effects group KNB EFX Group and co-executive producer, supervisor and occasional director on The Walking Dead.

Road of the Dead takes place six years after 2005’s post-apocalyptic Land of the Dead and is set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans.

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.

Matt Birman describes the project as “Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a Nascar race”, and reveals significant inspiration was taken from Ben-Hur.

Road of the Dead is co-written by Romero and is set to be directed by Birman, who worked beside Romero as a second unit director on Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead.

Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell produce, alongside Romero and Birman.

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