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George A. Romero's final zombie movie is in the works

Writer: Heidi Hsia

Hungry zombies don't look pretty
Hungry zombies don't look pretty

4 May – George A. Romero was best known as the Father of Zombie Films. And now, four years after his passing from lung cancer, it was revealed that his final zombie movie is currently in the works.

The news was shared by his widow, Suzanne Romero, who revealed that Romero had actually been developing a concluding chapter of his zombie series prior to his death, a project which was titled, "Twilight of the Dead".

Mrs Romero also stated that she has been developing the script with three screenwriters for the past few years, after Romero's writing partner at the time, Paolo Zelati, asked to continue with the project.


The late George A. Romero on the set of "Land of the Dead" (2005)


George Romero and wife Suzanne before his passing

"I gave him my full blessing as long as I could be there every step of the way for it to remain true to George's vision. 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. He wanted this to be his final stamp on the zombie genre," she said.

On the other hand, Zelati stated that the project first came to be after he asked Romero where do the zombies go at the end of "Land of the Dead", which was released in 2005.

"It is no secret that "Diary of the Dead" (2007) and "Survival of the Dead" (2009) were not the way he envisioned the series ending, and George knew it very well. "Twilight of the Dead" was his goodbye to the genre he created and wanted to go out with a powerful film," he added.

As for now, Suzanne Romero stated that she is looking for the right director to helm the project.

Romero launched his zombie franchise back in 1968 with the low-budget movie, "Night of the Living Dead". He then went on to direct five more zombie features, including "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), "Day of the Dead" (1985) and "Land of the Dead" (2005).


Romero's success started with the low-budget 1968 movie, "Night of the Living Dead"


The sequel, "Dawn of the Dead" was released ten years later
Cinema Online, 04 May 2021

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