George Romero is the grand guru of all things zombie, now and forevermore. (Listen, peeps, we all may love THE WALKING DEAD, but original it most certainly is NOT. The trope to which it belongs is, in fact, one of the most, if not THE most, overplayed in the entire Horror genre. In all of pop culture, period. Rampaging zombies have been done to death–a bad pun, like a bad penny, just keeps turning up, doesn’t it?–and it was George Romero who gave birth to the concept. There would be no such thing as THE WALKING DEAD without him. There would be no modern movie zombie as we know it, AT ALL, if not for Romero.)
The grand poobah is retired, he says. But he isn’t all the way, 100% retired. He’s still gonna dabble. He isn’t going to be writing or directing the upcoming GEORGE ROMERO PRESENTS: ROAD OF THE DEAD, but he’ll have more of an involvement than merely having his name affixed to it. Romero will produce, with Matt Birman, a longtime Romero subordinate, directing. This one, from what I’ve read, could best be described as “Mad Max–with zombies,” which means it could be hella fun. (Or it could hella suck. But I’m hoping for the former.) They’re still working on securing funding for the project–Seriously? It’s George freakin’ Romero! How could a studio NOT want to back the project? Morons.–so it’ll be a while before we get to see this one. Hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later–unless the movie DOES end up sucking, in which case a longer wait will be fine.