This past year we lost the great George A. Romero. Often lauded as the Godfather of Zombie movies, Romero’s legacy continues thanks in part to his son, Cameron, who launched an Indiegogo campaign for a film titled Origins back in 2014. With the newly-titled Rise Of The Living Dead, the younger Romero is gaining momentum on what would be a prequel to his father’s Night Of The Living Dead.
The film takes place in the turmoil of the 1960’s just shortly before Night Of The Living Dead, and explains how The ‘Original’ Romero Zombie was created. In 1962, Dr. Ryan Cartwright was on the scientific and altruistic path to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of M.A.D (Mutual Assured Destruction), a huge topic brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Little did he know that over the course of the next several years of his life, he would take a well-funded and military focused journey to the darkest corners of the world… as he creates the ultimate weapon for the government and a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days.
Dimitri Thivaios from the internationally acclaimed electronic duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike is the first casting announcement to be made for George C. Romero’s film Rise Of The Living Dead, which would act as much a tribute to his late father as it would be a standalone film.
“Many of you know that I have been working to tell a story for many years,” wrote Romero in a previous Facebook post. “My dad read the script and called it ‘genius.’ Many have approached me about making this film and I’ve said no to many because even though I’m not a ‘precious’ artist, this one is special… this one is mine… this one… is my love letter to my dad… to his work… to the fact that he was once called the most dangerous filmmaker alive… to the fact that society in 1968 wanted to shut him up as much as they wanted to celebrate him.”
Terminator: Salvation director of photography Shane Hurlman and famed makeup artist Robert Kurtzman will be involved in the project. Kurtzman’s filmography includes several horror properties including From Dusk Til Dawn, and of course, The Walking Dead.
Given the nature of the project’s funding there is no scheduled release date for Rise Of The Living Dead, so it’s anyone’s guess when we might see this film. However, it’s always a good sign when you go from campaigning to actually getting your cast and crew signed on, so fingers crossed we at least get to see this prequel film one day.
Images: Romero Pictures, LLC., Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (Facebook)