I remember when the only places I could get my zombie fix was to dive into the small, indie films made by guys in their backyards with the help of friends and families. Now the undead are all the rage, at the movies and on the small screen. Hell, even A-list stars like Brad Pitt are fighting zombies. Who saw that coming?
With Pitt’s “World War Z” still fresh in their minds, and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” set to shamble back onto the airwaves this October, producers Christa Campbell and Lati Grobmanhave have set their sights on a remake of George Romero’s “Day of the Dead”.
The producers behind the recent “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, Campbell and Grobmanhave have snatched up remake rights to the 1985 Romero original, which found survivors of the zombie apocalypse hiding out in an underground military facility with some crazy ass military types.
As you’ll recall, this wouldn’t be the first time someone has remade Romero’s movie. There was a not-really-a-remake in 2008 starring Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon (and Campbell, who is also an actress, in a small part) that basically just used the title. Campbell and Grobmanhave have purchased the rights from the producers of that movie, and plan a more faithful telling of the Romero film that will be budgeted around $10 million to $20 million and set for 2014.
Campbell tells the LATimes:
We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible, to make sure that his fans are happy. These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in ‘World War Z.
I don’t recall back flipping zombies in “World War Z”. But now that I think about it, back flipping zombies would have definitely made “World War Z” a better movie.
The producers are now meeting with writers.
For those who have never seen the original “Day of the Dead” (trailer below), you might have already seen big chunks of it in Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”. Much of the third act of the Boyle film felt like an uncredited “homage” (ahem) to the Romero movie.