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Zombie Godfather George A. Romero Wants To Make A Zombie Noir Film



George A. Romero

This has to be the most depressing horror news that we’ve covered in a long while. The “Godfather of the Dead” George A. Romero wants to make another zombie film, but it doesn’t seem like a possibility at the moment because of funding, he can’t get the money together needed to kick start the project. It’s been seven long years since his last film, Survival of the Dead in 2009.

Romero revealed his difficulty with funding to Indiewire:

“I did Land of the Dead, which was the biggest zombie film I had ever made,” Romero recalled. “I don’t think it needed to be that big. That money went largely to the cast. They were great, but I don’t think that money needed to be spent. Dennis Hopper’s cigar budget cost more than the entire production of Night of the Living Dead. That’s the way it is.”

“Now, because of World War Z and The Walking Dead, I can’t pitch a modest little zombie film, which is meant to be sociopolitical,” he continued. “I used to be able to pitch them on the basis of the zombie action, and I could hide the message inside that. Now, you can’t. The moment you mention the word zombie, it’s got to be, ‘Hey, Brad Pitt paid $400 million to do that.’”

On the kind of film Romero would like to make:

“In 2007, Diary of the Dead all of a sudden made money. I was blind-sighted by that. One of the producers said, ‘Let’s make another one quick.’ I didn’t know what else I could talk about,” said the godfather of zombie cinema. “Diary of the Dead talked about how social media is haunting us today. I didn’t have anything else to talk about. So I decided to go back to the original premise of misunderstanding and people not being able to see each other’s point of view. I said I’ll do this one as a western and the next one as a noir. So did the western, nobody liked it, and the other one fell away. Then, all of a sudden, here came The Walking Dead. So you couldn’t make a zombie film that had any sort of substance.”

“It had to be a zombie film with just zombies wreaking havoc. That’s not what I’m about.”

The Dark Universe crew are huge fans of Romero’s work and find this simply heartbreaking.