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George A. Romero Working On An Adaptation Of 'The Zombie Autopsies'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 20, 2011 6:32 AM
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This may get some fans all hot and bothered, but this writer is just gonna come out and say it. While there is no denying George A. Romero's place in horror history, the director hasn't made a relevant statement in the zombie genre in almost three decades. While the genre itself has soared in popularity in the past few years, becoming positively mainstream, Romero hasn't had much to add to the equation and the less said about this last effort, "Survival Of The Dead," the better. But, it appears the 71 year-old helmer is going to take another crack at a zombie movie, hopefully with better results.

According to Zombie Research (via Bleeding Cool) Romero is working on an adaptation of Steven Schlozman’s novel "The Zombie Autopsies" in collaboration with the author. The concept is not unlike that of "World War Z" or "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Similar to those books that the movies are based on, "The Zombie Autopsies" is presented as a journal written by a neuroscientist, Dr. Stanley Blum, who is infected but is desperately working on a cure to treat zombies. And the journal details the rather gruesome forensic methods they employ.

Romero has always been known for pinning political allusions to each of his zombie flicks, but we're not sure what the connection is here unless it's going to be some tenuous link to universal health care or something. Here's hoping he can get some proper funding this time, because "Survival Of The Dead" was not helped by its threadbare budget. But with a number of zombie movies in development or production -- "World War Z," "Warm Bodies," "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," a "Zombieland" TV show among many many more -- not to mention the smash success of "The Walking Dead," Romero is entering a cultural sphere that has changed the zombie game entirely. But he's doggedly focused on his zombie-verse, for better or worse, even if it means turning down jobs like directing an episode of the hit AMC series.

"I love the books, I haven't seen any of the episodes. Listen, I love Frank [Darabont], I know he's done a good job. I love the books, I never watched any of the episodes because… my zombies are sort of my own," he recently explained to io9. "I didn't want to be part of it. Producers called and said, "do you want to direct some of these," and I said no. Because I just didn't think it was me. I've been waiting to see the whole first season, which I missed because I've been traveling. I've been waiting to look at it, but I haven't seen any of it."

So, is the world ready for another zombie movie from Romero, or his voice now dated as the genre has pushed forward? Guess we'll find out.

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6 Comments

  • Rhyan W | March 3, 2012 2:24 PMReply

    Part of Romero's problems have been his penchant for pinning his politics all over the films. I want to see a great zombie movie, not a 2 hour campaign film for Obama or some "Capitalism bad" propaganda (all the while, he's profiting from the 'bad' thing). Hey George, it isn't 1968 anymore. Now set the camera down and go visit the grandkids like a good old man.

  • ron | October 21, 2011 4:36 AMReply

    george a romero shouldnt be working on anything anymore. his last 3 movies have proved he has lost whatever touch he had to begin with.

  • Brandt Hardin | October 20, 2011 11:08 AMReply

    Romero should get back at the helm with the zombie craze sweeping pop culture. As the Godfather of zombies, I'd like to see him give us another flick. If you like (or loathe) zombies as much as I do, check out the Top 10 Zombie Movies of all time at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-10-zombie-movies-of-all-time-with.html and let us know which your favorites are!

  • Kevin Jagernauth | October 20, 2011 8:33 AMReply

    Yeah, yr right. That should be three decades.

  • RNL | October 20, 2011 8:32 AMReply

    "Almost" two decades?

    What relevant statement did he make in the zombie genre in the 1990s?

  • lookfar | October 20, 2011 6:53 AMReply

    I don't Romero can't keep up because the genre has pushed forward, zombie movies haven't expanded since Dawn of the Dead, It's just that Romero himself has lost the filmmaker touch.

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