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George Romero’s Son Announces ‘Rise of the Living Dead’; “Love Letter to My Dad”

Way back in 2014, Cameron Romero, son of the late George A. Romero, launched an Indiegogo campaign for a film then titled Origins, which was to be a prequel to his father’s Night of the Living Dead. The project, which we wrote an article in support of, ended up raising $30,000, fully reaching its goal.

So what’s the latest on all that? Romero has provided an update today.

Over on his Facebook page, George Cameron Romero has revealed that the project titled Origins will now officially be known as Rise of the Living Dead!

Many of you know that I have been working to tell a story for many years,” wrote Romero. “My dad read the script and called it ‘genius.’ Many have approached me about making this film and I’ve said no to many because even though I’m not a ‘precious’ artist, this one is special… this one is mine… this one… is my love letter to my dad… to his work… to the fact that he was once called the most dangerous filmmaker alive… to the fact that society in 1968 wanted to shut him up as much as they wanted to celebrate him.”

He continued, “This one is the prelude to Night, the film that created the pop culture phenomenon that has inspired thousands of filmmakers from backyard auteurs to $180M features to the single longest running and most successful show in the history of television. This one has been a long time comingAnd it is my absolute promise to you all that this film will be everything it needs to be.”

Here’s the plot for Rise, as outlined in the Origins campaign…

“Origins takes place in the Turmoil of the 1960’s just shortly before “Night of the Living Dead”, and explains how The ‘Original’ Romero Zombie was created. In 1962, Dr. Ryan Cartwright was on the scientific and altruistic path to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of M.A.D (Mutual Assured Destruction), a huge topic brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Little did he know that over the course of the next several years of his life, he would take a well-funded and military focused journey to the darkest corners of the world… as he creates the ultimate weapon for the government and a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days.”

While we wait for more, check out the new poster art for Rise of the Living Dead.



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89 Comments
  • Creepshow

    This sounds worlds better than that Road of the Dead nonsense.

    • Necro

      Totally agree!

    • DC_Fan38

      All in favor?

      Aye!

      • Joe Brick (TGOL)

        Go fishing when the movie release if you don’t want it

    • Joe Brick (TGOL)

      Nah not enough dead movies, what’s not to love about the dead and fast cars.

  • DJV1985

    With all due respect to George but do we need to know how they were created? I mean how much scarier is it that we don’t know what brought it about. In-Universe, it should never be answered (something I think the Walking Dead mistaken answered sort of), I mean imagine if this was real world in all the chaos we’d never know for real.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ll no doubt watch it but I just don’t think it’s needed. I’m a big hater of prequels giving backstories to characters that don’t and or shouldn’t need it. Sometimes no backstory is better than a bad one.

  • Necro

    85/15 on this, on one hand I’m like hell yeah and totally respect and appreciate where he’s coming from in terms of honoring his father. But on the other I’m not really in favor of knowing the mysterious nature of how the zombie outbreak came to be. As a Horror fan it’s better not knowing.

  • There has barely been any news on this for the last three years. I’ll believe this movie is coming out when I see it.

    • Dustin Blankenship

      Believe it…

      • I’m looking at your comments on this post… Someone needs to take a deep breath.

        • Dustin Blankenship

          Ghouls don’t breathe

  • John Connor

    Thing with Night… is that its public domain therefore everything and/or nothing can be considered “official”. Anyone can remake Night…or make a sequel to it. Romero made a bunch and his Night… co-creator made the Return Of The Living Dead films.

  • Matt

    I will keep an open mind on this.

  • DC_Fan38

    I’m not opposed to more horror concepts. God knows there’s already plenty of schlock out there, so what’s the harm in this?
    However, a prequel to Night? No, Sir.

    Night is untouchable for me. Saw the restored film this past weekend at the DIA. Amazing. It was like watching it for the first time.

    • JoeInTheBox

      I have to say, one thing I noticed more than ever was how brightly lit some of those scenes were. I always just chalked that up to poor prints or 2nd/3rd/4th generation bootlegs.

      • DC_Fan38

        Yeah. Very possible.

        There was one scene I actually preferred with the darker exposure:
        Ben just went outside to deal with the ghouls breaking the trucks lights. As he is (re)killing one of them, the other sneaks up behind him.
        In the Remastered edition you can see the ghoul behind Ben perfectly. Whereas, in the editions we are familiar with, you see the ghouls white skin contrast the darkness only at the point where he just about grabs Ben.
        For me it’s more shocking.

        • JoeInTheBox

          Yeah I noticed that as well. A lot of the day-for-night shot scenes are much more noticeable as a result of the restoration. Not that I’m complaining, but it’s just a testament to how great the results were.

          • DC_Fan38

            If you don’t mind me asking, where did you happen to see it?
            Looking forward to the official Image Ten Blu-ray!

          • JoeInTheBox

            Saw it at the Princeton Garden Theater in NJ, last Thursday, 10/26.

  • sixfeetdownsouth

    Pass. Cameron Romero has no talent.

    • Dustin Blankenship

      Not sure anyone asked for your opinion of Cameron asswipe.

      • sixfeetdownsouth

        Truth hurts.

        • Dustin Blankenship

          Only as much as your blatant ignorance

          • sixfeetdownsouth

            Dude, you’re crazy.

        • Joe Brick (TGOL)

          This is proof even dickheads get to comment, freedom of speech.

  • James

    I don’t feel like Night needs a prequel, how it all started is a mystery and it’s perfect that way. Saying that his father called the script ‘genius’ doesn’t mean much, look at Land, Survival and specially Diary of the Dead, those were some awful movies compared to his previous three. Would rather prefer a sequel to Day, and what can he do with $30,000?

    • Dustin Blankenship

      He can do amazing things….give it time.

  • Matty Ice 2016

    Hugh? Is this a feature film or documentary?

    • Munchie Strikes Back

      Hugh who?

      • Joe Brick (TGOL)

        Brilliant reply, wish I came up with that.

      • Saturn

      • JoeInTheBox

        Hugh Janus?

    • Dustin Blankenship

      feature

  • Robb Pastor

    I though the origin had something to do with a satellite that returned to Earth?

    • Daniel Anderson

      Yes. After watching it in my adulthood they used radiation as an explanation. Somewhat related it had to do with mankinds limited understanding of radiation (Sending in cleanup crews to Chernobyl wearing nothing but a dust mask for instance) at the time. I hope it follows the scientist and satellite.

      Personally just glad its not a remake. Even though I did like the 90’s version with Tony Todd for its own reasons.

      • Chip Draper

        Yeah something about a venus probe or something..

        • Saturn

          That’s the explanation that I want for NOTLD – I don’t need yet another “man made virus” – that’s become so……old.

          Now, if we do need a reason why it’s happening?
          Venus probe has brought something back that resurrects the dead, but it’s not an accident – it’s been deliberately infected by an alien race who want our planet as their own – but due to the massive population they need to cull the herd before they attempt their invasion.
          That’s how I’d do it if I were making a prequel to Night – which is totally unnecessary.

          • DukeStKing

            Sounds kinda like the premise of Plan 9 From Outer Space. And I’m not trying to be funny…

          • Saturn

            Um,,,never heard of it……

            ****slowly backs out of room, whistling to self…….*****

            😉

    • Matthew Landers

      Even Shaun of the Dead mentions it in passing on the radio – pretty much how they do in NOTLD, too.

  • I was hoping for a documentary

  • Chip Draper

    This is HORSE SHIT. The Greatest thing about these movies is, it just starts happening and no one knows why. when will this trend of ‘Splaining shit to death end… it never works…

    • Tan Shearer

      You could just not see it yaknow?

      • Doby Gillis

        Or you could stfu and not be a t w a t.

        • Tan Shearer

  • The reason why zombie outbreaks usually avoid the ‘why’ in the first place is because the mystery is more satisfying than the answer.

  • diapers

    Hey, doesn’t sound like a half bad plot, really. Dude is going to catch all kinds of shit, anyone who messes with the original Romero stuff will, even family. But I’m interested.

  • Joe Smith

    Better then that zombie racing movie

  • jgiants

    Arghhh we so tireddd. Please…no prequel.

    • Dustin Blankenship

      The dead are Rising, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

    • Dustin Blankenship

      Until you hear Romero term it that, I wouldn’t worry it.

  • IWC-3PO

    Any news on Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake?

    • plutohiller

      I can’t wait to here more as well. If he does as well with that as he did the 1990 Night of the Living Dead, then I’ll be so grateful. I love Nightmare City. The nip kill on the set of the workout video in that movie was probably the most shocking scene I’ve seen in any horror, mainly because it caught me off guard as a teen.

    • Rich Leemo Leeming

      I spoke with Jim Krut about this and he said nothing has progressed on the Nightmare City front,Savini is still trying to get it financed,personally I don’t think it will happen which is a shame as it’s one of my favourites,although Manchester Morgue would be better to remake….

  • plutohiller

    I prefer Dawn of the Dead’s reasoning that ‘there is no more room in hell.’ A biblical apocalypse is probably the best explanation for why the dead can still walk and remain alive without eating. A virus or radiation could explain the dead being revived, or to become cannibalistic non-dead zombies like the rage virus. But when it comes to maintaining basic motor functions in all states of decay, and for long periods of time? That explanation just doesn’t do it for me.

    • Dustin Blankenship

      That’s only a guess about the room in hell

      • plutohiller

        Technically, so is the satellite theory. That is, until the prequel comes out.

  • jasonlives1986

    When does the go fund me campaign start? I WANNA LAY THEM MONEY

  • jasonlives1986

    To the morons who are upset about the “outbreak” aspect of the plot.

    Did the fucking outbreak plot in return of the living dead 1 and 2 ruin that movie for you?

    Jesus you people are soft

  • Saturn

    I wonder if all those who are “really up for this movie” would be quite so positive about it if exactly the same movie was being made by someone who hasn’t inherited the Romero name…..

    And I think we all know the answer to that – if it were someone other than a Romero it would be all “dude – blasphemy! GAR will be rolling in his grave!”

    Y’all know I’m right.

    • They’d be easily won over if they cast Johnathon Schaech as the original zombie.

      • Saturn

        Well I know that I would!!!

        Scaech for cemetery ghoul number 1!
        Make it happen!

      • Dustin Blankenship

        Is it bad that prior to tonight, I’d never seen a photograph of that guy beyond the fucked up day image that references the character Max? I still don’t know who the guy is.

        • You’re not alone. It’s become a running gag that BD played him up to be so amazing and yet none of us have ever heard of him

    • Dustin Blankenship

      Nope, you’re wrong…

  • Nicolas Caiveau

    If they do it in black & white with old school sfx and make up, to pretend it’s really a 60’s movie, then I’m all for it !

    • Dustin Blankenship

      By old school, I’m hoping you mean practical.

      • Nicolas Caiveau

        Yes, that’s it ! 🙂

  • It sounds interesting and I’ll give it a try but not out of love for the original trilogy, because nothing ‘of the Dead’ will ever match those films.

    On another note, I love the poster art.

  • What happens with all the people who have donated? I donated and never heard anything else afterwards

    • Dustin Blankenship

      Look into it, Show em proof, ask questions.

      • LOL… yeah so all the email address and links to the original campaign are dead or unresponsive. I’ve tired…

  • Elgin Virt

    A love letter to his dad . . that’s very interesting. Considering that by all reports in the film industry, George absolutely hated this script and never spoke to his son again because of it. Funny how the story changes when nobody’s around to refute it . .

    • Dustin Blankenship

      Never trust stuff ya read from the media, and only half of what you witness with your own eyes….

  • Josh Evans

    Cool poster, mediocre concept. Here’s hoping it rocks!

  • GinsuVictim

    One of my favorite things is that George never explained the source of the zombie apocalypse. I don’t need to hear his hack son’s take on it.

    • Dustin Blankenship

      George did explain, you just weren’t listening….

      • GinsuVictim

        No, that wasn’t an explanation. That was a theory put forth in the film, not an actual answer as to why.

  • Mike Carpenter

    What is the “single longest running and most successful show in television history” he was referring to?

    • chuckmiller

      The Simpsons

      • disqus_OTxIJaJmj0

        Its the Simpsons.

    • The Walking Dead of course…

    • Doctor Who.

    • GinsuVictim

      I had to laugh at that statement.

  • L. Burke Ivey

    Cameron allowed Free Reign, aka OP Productions, aka Hammerpoint, aka any game dev company which includes Sergey Titov, to use the “Romero” name on one of their many failed attempts at a functional MMO. As much as I love that failed MMO, Cameron’s willingness to sign over the family name without doing any research into the dev’s history tells me maybe he’s cashing in on reputation. It certainly doesn’t inspire confidence.

    This concept is absolutely unnecessary, although it sounds like it could be entertaining. We don’t need an explanation and like many other commenters I’m sick of horror films explaining themselves to death. I fail to see how this could be as good or better than the existing films (with the possible exception of “Diary” which was.. um.. not great).

    I love Romero’s work and have seen almost everything he’s done, even the really shitty stuff. I would LOVE for his name to continue to be an inspiration for horror lovers and horror creators around the world. But I’m not at all certain Cameron is capable of doing that, unless he stops thinking of himself as the inheritor of a horror throne and works his ass off to make a good movie.

    If they’re going to use that concept.. this is probably not going to be a good movie, but a long exposition-filled detour set in the same universe as the other “of the Dead” films. At this point, a good “of the Dead” film is going to have to take notes from the existing canon as well as The Walking Dead and many other successful zombie properties in the past decade. The audience and the material has grown since its early days and all of that growth needs to be taken into account.

    How about trying to make a source-accurate “World War Z” instead? Or an anthology film to test your writing and editing abilities? Or getting a guest writing or directing spot on The Walking Dead? Do those, get some horror cred, and then attempt this film.

    • Dustin Blankenship

      You really need to google the mans past work before making internet claims about the kinda work he needs to do. Trust those of us who know him personally, Cameron has the chops, and the experience to handle it. He’s building a solid team of some of the best in the business to make it all happen.

      • L. Burke Ivey

        I did. I found nothing, although there’s a handful of stuff listed on his IMDB page. Maybe my Google-fu failed me this time.

        Can you name any of these “best in the business” people working on this project? I can almost guarantee I won’t recognize their names. Does that mean they aren’t good at what they do? No, but it DOES mean there’s no easy way to win someone’s confidence, especially when they already have doubts.

        Maybe you need to find a more productive use for your time than defending your “friends” from harmless and often uneducated Internet opinions. It’s certainly not doing him any favors in this case, and it’s not making you look too bright, either.

        • Dustin Blankenship

          It’s not issue if you’re too dumb to operate google. If you won’t recognize industry standard names. Stop commenting like you know anything, or have anything useful to add to a discussion beyond asinine commentary. Your Fu is weak.

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