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George A. Romero, considered the godfather of the zombie subgenre, is taking his undead franchise on the road, as we first reported back in May.

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 not be helming George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead, this time passing the baton to Matt Birman.

Road of the Dead takes place six years after 2005’s post-apocalyptic Land of the Dead and is set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans.

“In the darkest days of the zombie apocalypse, the last safe place on earth is anything but, as a mad despot uses the spectacle of high octane carnage to keep control of his populous.”

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 unit 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.

Below you’ll find our exclusive look at the film’s sales art!


Frontières is an international co-production market and networking platform specifically focused on genre film financing and co-production between Europe and North America. It is organized by the Fantasia International Film Festival, in partnership with the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes. Frontières began in 2012 at Fantasia and is now the leading industry event entirely focused on genre film.

In 2017, Frontières will present the ninth edition of its annual four-day co-production market at Fantasia in Montreal (July 20-23) where selected genre film projects from across Europe and North America will meet with 400 members of the international film industry.

Previous films to come out of Frontières include the gory festival favorite Turbo Kid, Julia Ducournau’s brutal Raw, the dimension-splattering The Void, Tim Reis’ Bad Blood, James Morrison’s Diverge, and the upcoming slasher The Ranger from Jenn Wexler and Glass Eye Pix.



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COMMENTS

108 Comments
  • Dave

    this is going to be so terrible

    • Chad Spiegel

      YUP

    • Robby

      no.

      • ScriptGiverrrr

        Yah

  • I have faith in this, and assuming the budget isn’t bubble gum and duct tape (which, hey, there are those that can make even that work) I hope we’ll looking at a new chapter of “Romero Presents” zombie flicks.

    • Creepshow

      Crud on wheels. This screams YOU. ; )

      • I knew you were creeping around the corner of this comment as soon as I posted it. Daaamn yoooou.

        • Creepshow

          I’ll buy it for you for Xmas, when it goes direct to DVD. I promise.

          • Psh. I only except blu rays now.

          • Creepshow

            Snoot

  • RedNeoCon

    Sounds pretty shitty George. With a title like that, I imagined something akin to a desert road film; gritty, with sweaty violence and wasteland scenes. Pity.

  • silverfishimperitrix

    This sounds really awful. Straight to video.

  • Saturn

    I’m going into this with an open mind – the whole “zombies battling in a car arena” thing sounds a little silly, but if done deadly seriously (and we have to remember that the deads were shown to be growing more intelligent, so, perhaps….) it could work.
    Perhaps.
    We all know that the – perhaps – mid trilogy trilogy (land/diary/survival) weren’t on the same level as the original trilogy (but can be argued WERE better than the Star Wars prequel trilogy…..) but were they really “that” bad?
    Land, although flawed, would probably be classed as a classic if that was the last movie Romero made.
    Diary, which many seem to dislike, I enjoyed. Was it as good as (REC)? No. But was it a deadfuck? No.
    Survival, although definitely the weakest of the 6 movies Romero made, wasn’t really “that” bad compared to 99% of the zombie movies we’ve had to endure since they became mainstream.

    Has Romero got it in him for one final Dead film?
    Probably not – but I’d be perfectly happy if he ended the genre he invented (and yes, I know zombie movies were around before him, but what a modern audience would consider “zombies”is what Romero/Russo gave us back in 1968, or 1969 according to ROTLD) with his Twilight Of The Dead.
    It would be a fitting end if he actually ended the saga with the last vestiges of humanity holed up in Antarctica waiting out the Apocalypse, only to lose and the dead finally taking over.
    I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t want a “happy” ending – I want the dead to reign.

    • Darkknight2149

      I’m cautiously optimistic about this movie, even though I am fighting myself to take the premise seriously (it sounds ridiculous to me). After the last two films, I’m glad that Romero is smart enough to oversee the film while someone else directs.

      At least it’s continuing the story of “Land of the Dead”, instead of being another prequel. It looks like Romero is abandoning the ‘we must teach zombies to eat animals’ plotline that was set up in “Survival”.

  • Creepshow

    Road of the Dead End

    *plays taps*

  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    Apparently some things don’t get better with age.

  • SchoolSchool

    Wow that’s some bad photoshop.

  • ScriptGiverrrr

    When will people finally admit to themselves that this guy made about 1.5 good movies. It’s ok to not praise him. Same with Tobe Hooper for that matter.

    • Darkknight2149

      I thought 4 out of 6 of the “Dead” films were great (“Night”, “Dawn”, “Day” and “Land”). That’s not denial, because I disliked “Diary of the Dead” and “Survival of the Dead” from the moment I first saw them. “Survival” was especially atrocious.

    • Lord Sparkington

      The original dead trilogy, Martin, Creepshow, there’s 5 right there, plus The Crazies, The Dark Half and Monkey Shines were all pretty good too so no, I will not admit he only made 1.5 good films

    • Robby

      Ummmm….Not even close man. The first 3 zombie films are excellent. Land is solid, and Diary is a lot of fun. Martin is brilliant and The Crazies is also good. What Creepshow? It’s a classic. The Dark Half, Monkey Shines, and Bruiser are also lesser known gems, and I’d recommend Knight Riders for something totally different.

      • Agent HUNK

        100 % AGREE WITH YOU !!!

      • SupernaturalCat

        Thank you for listing the films (Martin, Creepshow, Dark Half and Bruiser are all solid) …I don’t know that I’ve ever waded into a commenting section regarding Romero and encountered such disdain and hatred for him than this one. Odd.

        Granted, the ‘dead’ series has most definitely exhausted itself–and that’s applicable universally, not just with Romero–but methinks some of the contention here is more so contingent on Romero’s sociopolitical critique that has an eye toward the wealthy exploiting the poor. Good for George!

    • Creepshow

      Explain yourself! You millennial, SJW, butthurt, hipster snowflake…who also drinks meh Kool-Aid.

      • ScriptGiverrrr

        Argh argh you must like et allllllll or you’re a trollllllllllll too you PC PC PC PC’er

        • Creepshow

          Yeah!…Yeah!? Welllll…
          You live in your parents basement watching FOX news, jerking off to J.C.Penney catologs, while hanging trash bags over your windows. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a976fa1cfbc5f579fee21f24ce2e8b418f7061260fdbc128b59beae32cd5833.jpg

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            LMFAO LOLOL TRUGGERED SNOFLACK OMG TROLLL LOLOL FEMINISM IS FOR PHAGS LOLOL

          • Creepshow

            I’m blocking you! (but still gonna respond)

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            I already blocked you!!! (Even though replying admits I can still read your comments)

          • Creepshow

            What-evs. My head is shoved so far up your ass, that you don’t even know what you’re talking about.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            You just can’t handle the fact that I’m an idiot and hate women because they don’t fuck me!

          • Creepshow

            You obviously need your meds, because I don’t make any sense.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            You’re just jealous because an article about women is enough to make me shit my pants! You wish you were as threatened of them as I am! Hahahah you are balanced! Non loser!

          • Creepshow

            Listen, I don’t have time for your soap-box shenanigans. I’m sooo done with your horseshit (until I respond tomorrow). You really need to seek some mental help, so I don’t sound like more of a “jack-hole”.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            Look, if you don’t stop making sense I am going to be forced to use the word ironic incorrectly! I swear to god I’ll use it! And do not, do not make me say you need to go back to kindergarten! That is a sick burn and I DO NOT want to resort to using it just because you went all factsy on me!

          • Creepshow

            Just leave me alone you “edge-lord”. I have better things to do (like learn my vocabulary from message boards).

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            You have no idea what awful (lame) shit I’m going to say about you on 4chan! Lmfao you won’t even know nor care but I’ll say on here that it bothers you so that means it’s true! I do not do not need a hug or the caress of a man! I love chicks. Do too!

          • Creepshow

            You’re too late ass-sombrero. I already told myself to eat shit.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            Dude I don’t have time for this! I should be on another board bitching at this single black mom of 4 whose husband just died for mooching off the gubmentz even though I’m still on disability from an accident I had 11 years ago and recovered from 0.1 years later!

          • Creepshow

            Your just avoiding the subject about the 1.5 on the Romero scale. Scab

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            Look enough about female directors!

          • Creepshow

            I’m done here, sir. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go fuck myself.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            You can’t just walk away while I’m in the middle of being a moron!

          • Creepshow

            Later stink-weed. *still here*

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            Go ahead have the last word since you NEED it. I won’t even reply if you do I swear LMAO YOU ENJOY FILMS WITH WOMEN!

          • Creepshow

            *pauses Fried Green Tomatoes*

            You take that back. Not true!

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            Oh man LOLOL YOU ARE SUCH A HIPSTER (doesn’t know what that means but thinks it sounds good as an insult).

          • Creepshow

            You’re just upset because an abusive man was turned into barbecue.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            Puhlease! You’re the sensible one that won’t see a kiddie rapists movie! LMAO YOU NEAD THERAPEE FOUR THAT!

          • Creepshow

            I just called Michael Gross, and he’s gonna hunt you down.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            I’d like to see him try! Good luck catching me even though I sit on my fat ass in the same damn chair daily!

          • Creepshow

            Ur done son. Ur done.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            LOL what’s wrong with you you non dickhead!

          • Creepshow

            I keep in touch with myself. And I don’t let my meat loaf.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            Whatevs dude. You got your shit together… That’s so weird.

          • Creepshow

            I stink.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            lol I’m the wirst

          • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

            this was one of the better things ive read on a disqus board.
            very nice.

      • macguffin54

        No, he/she is right.

    • dr.chimrichalds

      He made more than 1.5 good movies. He made Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Monkey Shines, Creepshow & Land of the Dead. Those are all really good or pretty good titles.

      • macguffin54

        NOTLD, Dawn and Creepshow, yes. Monkey Shines was cheesy, but kinda fun, I guess. Day of the Dead was OK, at best, (but started his weird fascination with giving zombies more and more human traits, and was poorly made–acted, written, directed, edited. But I always tried to give him the benefit of the doubt because of studio interference.) Everything else … Eh.

        • Hack Snyder

          You and dr.chimrichalds are forgetting Martin. It’s a really great vampire film.

    • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

      tobe hooper has made more “good” films than bad, man.
      sounds like you should revisit his catalogue.

      when its bad, its BAAAAAAD, but thats not very common.

    • Hack Snyder

      When will ignoramuses stop shitting on George A. Romero? Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow and Martin are horror masterpieces and The Crazies, Knightriders and Monkey Shines are interesting oddities. Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead are terrible but they don’t negate the fact that he used to be a very talented director.

      • ScriptGiverrrr

        LOL

        • Hack Snyder

          That’s all you have to say? Lame.

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            I already said what I needed to say. Thank you.

          • Hack Snyder

            Okay then. Anyway, I responded to you in the first place because I think far too many people shit on Romero. If you only like a couple of his films that’s fine but he shouldn’t be flippantly dismissed. He isn’t a John Carpenter tier director but he’s better than Tobe Hooper.

  • KnightDrive

    I can’t wait for the CG blood.

  • Jonny Angel

    Zombies driving cars ?? What the hell is this , a comedy ?? Romero, are you going senile or what ?? I thoroughly enjoyed the original trilogy of movie..fantastic movies.. Land of the Dead.. marginal at best… the rest were so horrible.. story,. characters,, bad execution.. this new movie sounds just so dam stupid.. These ideas are just so stupid.. Why not try to continue your story / characters from Dawn or Day,,, people all over loved these characters / movies. Why not bring us back to these characters / or similar . This is what worked.. not the crap your are thinking about now.. it doesnt work and people dont like it , period

    • Chip Draper

      100%

    • The chicken man

      I think it’s best to leave those great characters in the past, and not taint them with a bad story or awful directing.

    • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

      Everybody seems to forget that nearly all of Romero’s films are pitch-black comedies, or with elements as such. How is this any more stupid than zombies killing for cake, pies in the face, dressed as nuns and clowns, and walking underwater?

  • Anthony DeRouen

    Man this premise sounds tired. Please stop, George. Please.

  • fannypack aficionado

    Go home, George. You’re drunk.

  • mazerbo

    Total crap.

  • marklola12 .

    pha what a pile of fucking shit, he made made 3 decent movies the rest pure shit

    • DS Ullery

      Wasn’t aware there were people who considered Creepshow shit.

    • Hack Snyder

      “3 decent movies”
      Night of the Living Dead
      Dawn of the Dead
      Day of the Dead
      Creepshow
      Martin

      I count 5 masterpieces. Plus The Crazies, Knightriders and Monkey Shines aren’t bad. Romero used to have a lot of talent.

  • Necro

    Yep I’m officially done with Romero, don’t enjoy saying it but I have to.

  • ShadowInc

    Well, at least it isn’t another prequel.

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    will he be on the set like he did assiting tom on NOTLD 1990?

  • Erik Hanzlicek

    This sounds absolutely ridicolous.

    I love it.

  • Carl Chrystan

    I also hear it’s actually set in the ‘Fast and Furious’ universe!

    • Saturn

      Nah, but it’s a direct sequel to that secret Venom prequel Blair Witch.

  • dsxy

    Sounds utter shit. Land was watchable, just about, despite some ridiculous overacting that had no place in the film (big deals made of essential supplies and driving up a hill). Survival was a stupid train wreck – nothing was good about it.

  • RJ MacReady

    I actually laughed out loud when I read the premise for the movie. George nailed it with Dawn and Day, but his last good zombie movie is 32 yrs old(Day of the Dead). Time to call it a career.

    • Bart Crowe

      I’d go so far to say Day of the Dead is Romero’s last good movie but I have a soft spot for Monkey Shines. Can’t hate a movie with a killer helper monkey.
      I remember really wanting to like Land of the Dead but Dennis Hopper is the only redeeming quality of that garbage movie.

      • RJ MacReady

        I’d say Day was his last great zombie movie, but yeah, I agree Monkey Shines wasn’t bad at all. Fun 80’s horror flick. You are right about LotD…was SO disappointed when I saw it in the theater.

  • lonestarr357

    Here’s hoping that Romero can (before he leaves) hook up with Blumhouse on a script not centered around zombies. Just a thought.

  • DirtyLary

    Hare Krishna zombie better be a driver.

    • Saturn

      Theoretically he could be – as, iirc, he wasn’t actually killed in Dawn, merely bludgeoned with the butt of a rifle and put outside, looking unconscious. His brain was certainly not destroyed.

  • Meatwad

    Man this sounds horrible!

  • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

    …… please, jesus. please, long haired hippy messiah… stop this man before he ruins the legacy of “of the dead” any further?
    please?
    ill stop worshipping satan, just PLEASE stop him.

    • Saturn

      You can’t ruin the legacy of the Dead – just pretend there are only the original trilogy (like Star Wars) and hope that the new ones do something to rectify it.

  • Anthony Gulino

    Romero gave birth the the zombie genre and now he is bringing a slow torturous death to his own creation with Diary, Survival and now this… His social commentary villainizing the rich at every turn is so cliche… he really needs to give it up,

    • Saturn

      He gave birth to the (what we now consider) the zombie genre – it’s only fitting he kills it too!

      Of course I jest – I personally enjoyed Diary (it seems also that more people are starting to look back more fondly on that one, much like Land. I remember the scathing comments that Land got upon release, but now many consider it to be his last great Dead movie – much like how Day was originally “not a patch on the other 2”, but is now considered a classic, and many fans favourite of the series) but a little “meh” about Survival. Still, I haven’t watched that one for a while (I watched it a couple of times on release, but that’s all) so perhaps it may have aged better than I expect – the new movie gives me an excuse to watch the series once again.

      • Yeah, I wonder if time will change people’s tune on Diary like it did with Day. I doubt it’ll happen for Survival but…you never know.

    • Alanmac

      Couldn’t have said it better. Where I used to be excited at his releases now I just cringe. Hope this pays off and is a comeback for him but I’m not holding out much of that hope.

    • Ivan__Drago

      Sad but true. I saw Diary in the theater, it was OK. Survival was just flat out terrible.

      It’s amazing no one tries to make his original script for Day of the Dead. With CGI it’s probably not as large a project. I wince when I think of the Day of the Dead projects.

      • Ray Felch

        they are rebooting day of the dead

    • MildManneredReporter

      Land was terrible also

  • HalesTales

    I think instead of making more of these blah installments characterizing different safe havens that eventually get overrun, George should cap off the apocalypse. He could give us a great film that decides once and for all, who wins and who loses: us or the dead. It could be his magnum opus.

    • Weresmurf

      It was called World War Z…

      Then they fucked it all up with that god awful movie…

    • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

      We are the dead – David Bowie

    • Robert Goode

      I vaguely recall an interview with him saying humanity wins: His zombies actually do decay, very slowly, and eventually they will be reduced to bones.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    Like Fury Road with the skull-wheel. Might be fun. Amazes me how a couple of turkeys and the so-called “fans” pounce on their heroes like journalists at a tragedy.

    Same done with Dario Argento and John Carpenter: “Ahh, they’ve lost it”, etc… NO. They often can’t get the budget to make good movies these days, or the script doesn’t fit with the style.

    The Sandman sounded interesting but is lost in development hell because of wanker producers.

    • Yes, this. ^^ I’ve got a piece coming with the same sentiment.

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