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George A. Romero Driving Down the ‘Road of the Dead’!

Was my April Fool’s Day joke a little too on the nose?

George A. Romero, considered the godfather of the zombie subgenre, is taking his undead franchise on the road.

Included in this summer’s Frontières co-production market, which returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival from July 20-23 in Montreal, is a brand new Romero zombie film that is seeking financing.

Similar to how Don Coscarelli passed on the directing duties with the fifth Phantasm, Romero will unfortunately not be helming George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead, this time passing the baton to Matt Birman.

Road of the Dead originated as an original pitch from Birman roughly 10 years ago, explained Indiewire:

The story is set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans.

Birman describes the project as Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a Nascar race, with significant inspiration from Ben-Hur.

Birman is the perfect choice to continue Romero’s legacy as he was the second unti director on several “of the dead” films, including Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead.

Romero co-wrote the screenplay with Birman who both produce with Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell.



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59 Comments
  • Kyle Ord

    The last one I liked was land of the dead. I’ll pass thanks

    • Robby

      Diary was fun.

  • Creepshow

    I’m pretty sure this will be the dumbest thing I hear all weekend. We’ll see

  • dmarins

    He did 3 awesome zombie movies, The Crazies was pretty good also, but the rest is just lame

    • Robby

      “Martin” is an amazing film. So is Creepshow. Also The Dark Half and Monkey Shines are really underrated.

      • bd2999

        Knightriders is a good movie, but not horror and definitely a niche thing too. I actually liked Bruiser more than many did as well. At least conceptually.

      • dmarins

        I was talking about “zombie” movies

  • DJV1985

    Like I’ve said countless times before, if you’re a fan of the Romero Living Dead films then do what I do and treat the first three, Night, Dawn and Day as a single trilogy. You can enjoy the original films but treat the original as their own thing. The slow moving deal that those films had are far scarier than the modern versions.

    • Darkknight2149

      I like to treat Night, Dawn, Day and Land as the real films, with Diary and Survival as a bad prequel series.

      • DJV1985

        I get that, Land was a pretty good film but I do think the original trilogy are Romero at his best.

  • For me everything stopped after Land. Diary was okay but didn’t feel at all like it belongs in the “of the Dead” series. Land wasn’t as good as the original 3 but at least it felt almost like it belonged

  • Brian Commeans

    This sounds like a continuation of the last few films,sad sad shadows of the former films.
    “Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a Nascar race, with significant inspiration from Ben-Hur.”
    What? I’d rather watch a movie inspired by Opie Taylor from the “Andy Griffith Show” having the green apple grunts.
    I really think George ran out of things to say about 40 years ago. How he allows his legacy to be further tarnished by these sad sack films is beyond me.
    Why not have the guys behind “Violent Shit” and “Irreverseble” and “Human Centipede” collaborate on the next film?
    These are strange times indeed for horror icons.

  • Buddy Repperton

    I remember Russo made a spin off dead film called Children of the Dead starring Tom Savini. It was so bad that I physically moved it away from all of my other dvd’s out of fear the suckiness would somehow contaminate my entire movie collection. This sounds like that. I think Romero got too caught up in social commentary with his dead films when in reality people really wanted a good old fashioned horror movie. He abandoned the films after Day and the idea was hijacked by Kirkam for TWD. A dead film starring the survivors of Dawn and Day set in Pittsburgh was the film people really wanted.

    • Daniel Anderson

      I agree. I think he’s too mixed up with his own idea of social commentary with the zombie stuff to see anyone elses. I thought there were a few spots in the early seasons of The Walking Dead (as I stopped watching in season 4ish) where it touched on good points of judging folks without knowing (hardcore gangsters actually protecting elderly and children, etc) and he comes out and simply trashes everything else for not having some over artsy message. I still think he makes good stuff, but he’s like myself on facebook, way too opinionated.

      • Kristoffer Groves

        Yeah, Georgie has become a real player hater when he should really be happy about all the artists he’s inspired to create new zombie movies/tv shows/video games/books/comics.

  • Jonathan Larsson

    Carchases and zombies? Count me in!

  • J Jett

    the fact that Romero didn’t write this by himself means it COULD be good (or even semi-decent-ish/watchable). the premise still sounds really idiotic though.

  • Robby

    Diary was good, but that’s subjective. I think the reason he’s not directing is that he’s 77 years old now, and has had health issues. It’s probably just too much at this point.

    • Matthen Key

      I thoroughly enjoyed Diary, and found it to be the best of the last 3 films (Land, Diary, and Survival) because of the approach he took with it and applying it to zombies.

  • Darkknight2149

    I wish “Road of the Dead” was the April Fools joke, and that “Extinction of the Dead” was happening.

    • Brando

      Was ‘Extinction’ the comic book that introduced vampires into the Dead universe? Can’t remember.

      • Devon Lutzenberger

        I might be wrong, but wasn’t that “Empire of the Dead”?

      • Darkknight2149

        No, it was the April Fools prank article here on Bloody-disgusting. I believe you are referring to “Empire of the Dead”.

  • Michael Hill

    hope he hurries up and drops dead himself.

    • jasonlives1986

      The f

    • zid

      Wtf dude. What did he ever do to you?

    • Kristoffer Groves

      Damn, Michael. Did George Romero murder your parents and rape your goldfish? You sound pretty bitter.

    • dr.chimrichalds

      You suck.

      • Michael Hill

        I hear you suck better. Blow me in the Jacuzzi you who’re.

        • dr.chimrichalds

          I do. Your mom taught me my technique.

    • James Bett Jr

      Just a troll

    • shawn lawson

      Hope everything u love (besides animals) burns and you are raped/murdered/raped. Piece of shit.

      • Michael Hill

        get on your knees slut and blow me, it’s all you’re worthy of you inept shit water.

  • Matt

    I’m in. Sounds a bit silly, but many films we love today probably sounded kind of silly in the pitch. I will keep an open mind. Romero and Zombies is enough for me to give it a chance.

    • Matthen Key

      I was just getting ready to shit on this idea, but you reminded me that I am too big a fan of Romero’s. Even if he is not himself directing it and the idea sounds silly, I will give it a chance too because he seems to have faith in this Birman guy, so that’s enough for me.

  • Bart Crowe

    The original Dead trilogy was great and despite its glaring flaws Land of the Dead was entertaining. Given Romero’s other zombie movies I have a hard time getting excited even for this baton passing.
    Now if you told me James Gunn is writing and directing a proper remake of Day of the Dead with either Michael Rooker or Nathan Fillion as Bub the Zombie I would lose my shit.

    • Council_Communist

      Romero never made anything as terrible as Guardians of the Galaxy.

      • Bart Crowe

        I’m sorry but what universe is Guardians of the Galaxy a bad movie? Maybe you should Slither back to our Super universe where it is a good movie with an even better sequel.

        • Council_Communist

          Ice Pirates was better.

          • sailor monsoon

            Keep trying buddy

          • Council_Communist

            GOTG was definitely not funny. It didn’t have a good story. It was terribly paced. It has nothing new to offer, and took zero risks. It is derivative. It is an example of the bland CGI driven comic to movie genre that dominates today. It’s not good sci-fi, not good as a comic, not good cinema. The mix tape thing is like 30 years too late and only associates a lot of good music with a terrible film. So yeah, it sucks.

    • MildManneredReporter

      I was right there with you until you praised that piece of shit land of the dead

  • ShadowInc

    This idea is retar-dead.

  • Brando

    Now, get Vin Diesel to play the lead zombie driver. That’s be some fine Romero commentary for ya.

  • The Drucifer

    Ugh.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    “Birman describes the project as Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a Nascar race, with significant inspiration from Ben-Hur.”

    I dont think thats funny at all
    You need some better material

    Maybe they’ve got a good april fools joke book on amazon that doesn’t just make you sad and nauseous

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    Christ, so much negativity… it sounds a lot better than the ridiculous Survival.

    • Josh_the_Jawa

      So, because it sounds better than the awful Survival, we’re supposed to be happy? Romero hasn’t made a good film in years.

    • Saturn

      A major part of Survival that people hated was horse riding zombies – so now they can dride too?
      Is the next one going to be called Call Centre Of The Dead?

      • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

        I should think the humans run over the zombies like in Dawn, scoring points like in Death Race 2000. Just a thought but what the hell do I know.

        • Saturn

          Nope, zombie prisoners are going to be doing the driving.

  • MildManneredReporter

    I’m sorry his last few movies sucked and this movie sounds horrendous he needs to just hang it up or just end the dead series. They haven’t been good since the night of the living dead remake.

  • Darth_Siskel

    So it’s a live action adaptation of Carmagaddon.
    Sorry, I never thought I’d say this. But I’m sick of zombies.

  • Anthony DeRouen

    Terrible idea for a zombie movie. It screams unwatchable.

  • Charles Cumella

    Do they really think this idea translates into something fans want to watch?? It sounds terrible at best and I hope they don’t do it… I thought the title makes it look like it might be a road trip movie during a zombie apocalypse, and that sounds better…

  • Alex Harbie

    Race cars and zombies, they should call it Death Race. Oh wait.

  • baddmint666

    RIP Romero thank god we won’t ever get to see this shit now.

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