‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ Producers Will Remake Romero’s ‘Day of the Dead’

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Model-turned-actress-turned-producer Christa Campbell tells the LA Times that she’s moving from slashers to zombies.

Having been part of Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, Campbell and Lati Grobman have snapped up the remake rights to George A. Romero’s 1985 zombie classic, Day of the Dead.

Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who produced Texas Chainsaw 3D, which grossed $34.3 million early this year, said they acquired the rights from James and Robert Dudelson, whose Taurus Entertainment produced an earlier Day of the Dead remake in 2008 with Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon.

Grobman and Campbell said their company, Campbell Grobman Films, is now holding meetings with screenwriters about the best way to adapt the 1985 original about a group of military personnel and scientists hiding from the undead in a bunker.

The producers said they expected the remake, a collaboration with Millennium Films, to have a budget of between $10 million and $20 million and be in theaters next year.

Zombie movies are really popular right now, and we feel we could do this right,” said Campbell, a former genre movie actress who is currently producing the Kate Beckinsale psychological thriller Eliza Graves. Campbell, whose acting credits include 2001 Maniacs and Drive Angry, actually had a small role in the 2008 remake.

Grobman said she and Campbell wanted to prove that Texas Chainsaw 3D was not a fluke. “Everybody in town was claiming they were behind its success,” she said. “We wanted to show that we didn’t just get lucky. It was a very calculated production.

The two said they had very few specific ideas about their Day of the Dead remake except that it would try to honor Romero’s original, which was a follow-up to the filmmaker’s seminal horror films Night of the Living Dead in 1968 and Dawn of the Dead in 1978.

We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible,” Campbell said, “to make sure that his fans are happy. These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z.

In addition to Grobman and Campbell, the movie’s producers will include the Dudelsons and Millennium executives Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Mark Gill.

 
  • Lion7718

    Crap, another remake…

  • Jerv23325

    This was already remade by Steve Miner(and poorly) back in 2008 with a similar budget (18 million) and was dumped straight to video. Why try again?

    • weresmurf

      That’s like saying ‘I was given a recipe for Lasagne and given the ingredients for feces pie… why didn’t it turn out like Lasagne?’

      Miners movie was a steaming pile of shit. It was incoherent and crap beyond belief. The zombies had no consistency at all. Terrible makeup, a shit plot and worst of all, it was produced by the Dudelson brothers who would have to study for years before they could produce something akin to a home video. Those guys are the worst of the worst of the worst. Absolutely abysmal, they made DAY OF THE DEAD 2 : CONTAGIUM, the worst movie *ever* made.

      If the producers of TCM3D want to remake this? Sure, go ahead. Why? Because at the end of the day, all hatred for remakes aside, that actually WASN’T a bad little horror. It was stupid in the end sure, but overall, it wasn’t a bad movie as such.

      People slagged Dawn 2004 to hell when it was announced, I remember clearly, so if they want to give Day a shot, I say go ahead, give it a go and see what you can do, because for christ sake, you cannot balls it up any worse than Day 2008 was. I mean for christ sake, Bud the Vegetarian zombie? Come the fuck off it.

      • Mr.Mirage

        Weresmurf,

        Greetings. While I agree that the first iteration of Day of the Dead was pretty disagreeable in almost every possible way, there are a couple of things about it that I loved.

        1) Ving Rhames. I don’t have to go on here, do I?

        2) Mobbed zombies in the hospital hallway that forced one zombie to do a Jackie Chan wall run… to this day, that one moment is seared into my brain. If we are going to have running zombies, then by Cthulhu make it a god-damned Running Zombie!! I saw that guy do the wall to ceiling bounce and nearly shat myself. How the hell is a fat old man like me to get away from THAT???

        The vegetarian notion of Bud was, at best, a great big three story tall electric neon WTF??? sign. However, as I have read the original, never filmed script for the original, there was a line that caused all manner of hell to break loose in Romero’s original… that there would be one of the dead that did not eat human flesh and that would be their Messiah…. The Messiah Of The Living Dead (a title for a film that I would see in a nanosecond) was the breaking point. It went or the money went, and George needed the money, so it went…

        Here is hoping this remake of Day looks like the Zack Snyder remake of Dawn (and if I may start a shitstorm, the Savini remake of Night, of which I happen to be quite fond).

        • weresmurf

          The Spiderman zombies never sat right with me at all. The reasoning is, that Jeffrey Reddick, the writer, and I had a lengthy conversation before it came out.

          http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30713

          The phone conversation (6 – 7 years ago now? eep) went quite a bit longer, really, really nice guy too. Note though they changed a LOT of his shooting script. Blame that intensely on the Dudelsons, who change scripts just so they can ‘make it look cool’. Reddick had rules set out for the zombies etc but the Dudelsons threw them out the window immediately, hence people would turn from bites, turn from gas, turn from zombies just LOOKING at them, (radio station guy) it was ridiculous.

          Ving Rhames is always good on screen. But he did this movie just for the money. They wanted him in this to be the unofficial brother to Rhodes from Dawn, which ended up happening (unofficially). Rhames of course, did it, as he needed the cash, and it was a very very short shoot for him and he loves zombies. Who doesn’t??? But they really underused him in this?

          It’s not the worst zombie movie ever made, god knows I can sit through this more than I can sit through Day of the Dead 2 : Contagium, but it’s pretty terrible.

          I also think Romeros original Day script was fantastic, set on the island, where it talks of them sitting and watching the body at the end, and how one day a body *won’t* rise, ‘How long do we have to watch it for?’ ‘Til the last piece rots and floats away on the wind.’ or words to that effect. I’d love that particular script to be filmed. Romeros been in a real slump since LAND. It’s well noted he hated filming LAND due to studio interference, Diary he enjoyed and Survival was just a really average zombie movie in itself. So I do hope he gets at least one more out before he eventually shrugs off his mortal coil.

  • HMH

    I feel like if they are going to remake this again they should use Romero’s original script and work something from that since it was intended to be a much bigger film.

    • Mr.Mirage

      HMH,

      Didn’t read your post until after I responded to Weresmurf. We are totally on the same page, you and I. Go back to the original script. Cast Crispin Glover as Bud… Bub? Damn. Gettin old here…

  • bambi_lives8980

    HMH I’m totally with you on that one dude. Ever since I first read that script forever ago I thought how fucking awesome would it have been if that’s what was made instead of what we know of as Romero’s Day (which of course I still love dearly for what it is.) I really don’t know what they’re thinking remaking this again, but hopefully it will be better than Miner’s version of Day. On a related note I actually didn’t mind that movie so much aside from Nick Cannon’s horrid “acting” as a brainless zombie romp, but it shouldn’t have had Romero’s name or the title “Day of the Dead” at all.

  • Canucklehead

    Day may be the most under appreciated of the 3, I really liked its commentary on materialism and the whole military versus civilian thread, plus Rhodes was an excellent villain.

  • SonOfVoorhees

    This is my favorite dead movie. Why remake this? Just make a new zombie movie. Thing is, this new movie could be awesome but now you label it a remake you need to raise the bar even more than you need.

    Is this a remake of the movie, or using the original script? The original script would be interesting to see. But i fear, it would suck. There is a fear for gore, violence and im sure they are looking at the WWZ movie crowd (not the book crowd) to make money. This will be kiddy movie.

    The original is perfect. We will always have that movie. Just, as horror lovers, we love new movies. But this will disappoint them fans that the original was aimed at.

  • ichabodjstephens

    can we just burn the studios down?

    • Mr.Mirage

      NO, Ichabodjstephens, we cannot. However, if they continue on as they have been, we won’t have to as they are heading that direction on their own.

      Fuck the mainstream. Viva Independents!

  • HorrorManiac666

    I have had up to here with remakes. Why do people insist on remaking old movies in the first place?

    • Mr.Mirage

      HorrorManiac666

      A) Laziness
      B) Simple mindedness (rather than stupidity… grab something cheap off the shelves that had a following, easier than doing research)
      C) Some remakes are fascinating… I would suggest the following, although you may find it unpleasant at first. Watch the “Paris Hilton” version of House Of Wax, then the Price version and end with the Lionel Atwill/Fay Wray Mystery Of The Wax Museum, which was the first. Strangely, there are certain connections in each, although the Paris version, having a several decade gap between it and Price, shows more of the intrusion of The Final Girl notion, as well as a weird look at sibling relationships.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Thank God. This movie needs a remake. The original was really bad. Night and Dawn were amazing so to follow them up with the crappy Day of the Dead was terrible. Looks like I’m the only one here who thinks so. Eh, I’m used to it.

    • Mr.Mirage

      ThunderDragoon (cool name btw),

      I found the film originally to be a rather disturbing turn in the Romero series. Being a Romero FANatic, for which there is no known cure, I am used to babbling excessively about his films and his greatness and being slagged off because of it. Day of the Dead had seriously cool moments but there was something off about the whole thing. Once I owned it, I watched it several times and could not quite put my finger on it, found and read the original script… it is, for the most part, the Richard III of film, sent into the world scarce half made up. Hopefully, this one will follow the intent.

  • MachetAY

    Oh fucking no… Texas 3D was one of the worst POS I’ve ever seen. Couldn’t these dolts of done Chopping Mall?

  • mobstar67

    that Nick Cannon flick was a real piece of shit probably the worst ever until DOTD:Contagium came along..its funny how there railing against zombies climbing walls and doing backflips and thats all i seem to remember about the 2008 version..
    absolutely horrible.!! i look forward too seeing a new take,its gotta be better than another Fast and the Furious film..

    • weresmurf

      Contagium came out first, it was their ‘unofficial sequel to the first movie’, then they bought the rights and made a straight up remake of the first (third?) movie.

  • Nightflyre9

    The original Day of the Dead is my favorite zombie movie of all time, above even Dawn of the Dead and Return of the Living Dead, and I prefer that it doesn’t receive the remake treatment; it absolutely does NOT need it. But since a remake is clearly inevitable, I just hope it’s done by people who truly love and respect the source material. And it would be the ultimate full-circle moment if they used Romero’s original script, which called for a much more ambitious and elaborate film than what what Romero’s limited budget could produce.

    • Mr.Mirage

      Nightflyre9:
      When we first connected to the web, one of the very first things I found was the original, mostly unused script for Day Of The Dead. 100% right you are, that could have been the moment when Romero The Zombie Guy should have become King George the 1st, master of the zombie film, forever and ever.

  • djblack1313

    Romero’s DAY is my favorite Romero film. i don’t love it but i DO like it the most (of his films). i have to admit i enjoyed (i actually went and bought it!! LOL) the Mena Suvari DAY “remake”. it’s a guilty pleasure film for me for sure. :)

  • Caligulabob

    I find this to be one of the most disturbing zombie films ever to grace the screen. I saw it on it’s release date back in the day. The sense of claustrophobia, the realistic effects, grim color palette and paranoia all combined perfectly to make it one horrifying film. I mean let’s face it hacking a guy’s arm off with a machete and cauterizing it with a torch was pretty radical back in those days and the scene where Taso’s head was pulled off and the sound sped up to simulate his vocal chords contracting was pretty f@#king sick. I’ve met Savini several times. He’s a nice fellow.

  • TwistedCritic

    I’m all for it, provided they actually make an effort this time. The 2008 Steve Miner “remake” was a joke; following Snyder’s Dawn remake, fans deserved much better than that. And as an extra slap in the face, they brought back Ving Rhames but as a different character, like they were trying to con people into thinking there would be at least some connection to the last one. Hiring a better director and aiming for something bigger than VOD or direct-to-DVD would be a good start.

  • xAshleyMariex

    Another shit idea.

  • Samhain2010

    If they are going to remake this, shouldn’t it follow in the footsteps of Zack Snyder’s film “Dawn of the Dead”? This is just such abad idea in so many ways. From the people that brought you “Texas Chainsaw 3D”! Could there be a worse way to advertise this remake?

  • Ghostpriest

    “To remake or not to remake?” is not the question that we need to ask. It’s not our decision to make. All we can do is hope and pray they don’t screw it up.