George A. Romero is one of those guys who’s just synonymous with the word horror. His name, his work, his involvement in the genre as a fan and a producer, all of it points to the fact that Romero is honestly responsible for much of what makes classic horror what it is. Debuting in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, the director has directed nearly 20 films in his career, including a number of other films in the “Dead” series like 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, 1985’s Day of the Dead, and 2005’s Land of the Dead. Now, Romero is looking to get his latest Dead film funded and it’s nothing like you’d expect.
Where 2007’s Diary of the Dead was about the surplus of technology while 2009’s Survival of the Dead was about the complete absence of it, you’d think that a new Dead film might be able to tackle any one of the countless issues facing us in 2017, but instead Romero is sprinting in the other direction, pitching a horror-comedy called Road of the Dead, which presumably takes place on the same (or a similar) island to the one featured in Survival, follows a group of survivors as they’re able to turn zombies into…professional race-car drivers.
How does one turn a zombie into a driver, you might ask? Well, let’s let Romero himself explain:
“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 continued, “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.”
Now, it’s important to keep an open mind. Romero is a 77-year old cinema legend. The guy basically gets a free pass to do whatever the hell he wants, and Road of the Dead is probably going to be very fun. But it’s interesting to note that Romero actually isn’t directing this one! Instead, he’s handing the reins over to Matt Birman, a stunt coordinator who’s worked on over 250 projects. The two are also co-writing the screenplay together, so this is definitely a true collaboration.
This isn’t the first time Romero has not directed a Dead movie – Zack Snyder’s debut feature was a 2004 remake of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, not to mention the countless spoofs and spin-offs like Dance, Dale, Dave, Detention, Dorm, and even Date of the Dead – but it might be the first one where he’s still working on a Dead film, just not in the director’s chair. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any updates, including trailers and new interviews, right here on Geek! In the meantime, go check out this movie called Wyrmwood. It’s an indie horror flick that sounds pretty similar to this one, and it’s a lot of fun.
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Source: Bloody Disgusting