George Romero is still arms deep in business with the living dead! Although the Night Of The Living Dead’s director passed away at the age of 77 in 2017, his widow Suzanne Romero is developing Twilight of the Dead. The movie is based off of a project that her husband was developing before his death. After working with a team of screenwriters, Suzanne Romero is getting ready for action and preparing to begin meeting with directors for the project, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Suzanne Romero Develops Twilight Of The Dead: George’s Legacy
“This is the film he wanted to make,” Suzanne Romero said. “And while someone else will carry the torch as the director, it is very much a George A. Romero film.”
With a skeleton budget and his trademark dose of cynicism, George A. Romero fathered the zombie genre with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. But he didn’t stop there: the filmmaker went on to direct five more zombie features that appeared on the big screen in different decades, as well as numerous other horror films. Before his death, Romero was working on a script for Twilight of the Dead with Paolo Zelati, a final chapter that aimed to be his “final stamp on the zombie genre.”
Twilight Of The Dead: Back To The Origins
With Suzanne Romero’s permission, Zelati continued to develop the script, working with screenwriters Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas, who had previously worked on a documentary dedicated to George A. Romero’s works.
“I gave [Zelati] my full blessing as long as I could be there every step of the way for it to remain true to George’s vision,” Suzanne Romero said. “We had a solid treatment and the beginning of the script. I can 100 percent say that George would be incredibly happy to see this continue.”
Even though George A. Romero directed 2007’s Diary of the Dead and 2009’s Survival of the Dead, he ultimately didn’t consider those films to be loyal sequels of the story that began with his original masterpiece, whilst Twilight of the Dead was instead conceived as a follow-up to 2005’s Land of the Dead.
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