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George A. Romero Completes ‘The Zombie Autopsies’ Screenplay

Back in 2001 we reported that zombie extraordinaire, George A. Romero, had optioned the film rights to Steven C. Schlozman’s “The Zombie Autopsies.”

Romero, who directed Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and many more iconic zombie films, was at hand at this past weekend’s Flashbackback horror convention in Chicago, IL. Website Daily Dead caught up with Romero who revealed that he’s completed the screenplay and hopes for it to be his next film.

Actually, the day before I left to come here, I finished the script and talked to Schloz about it,” he explained. “He approved it, so we sent it to my agents and they sent it around. You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s out in circulation and I hope it works out.

The book is about an isolated group of people doing autopsies on zombies during the zombie apocalypse and trying to figure out what the hell caused this. In it, the scientists discover that this is not a naturally occurring virus; they deduce that it must have been created by somebody. And they later discover that it was created by people who were trying to topple the economy…

I hope [‘The Zombie Autopsies’ is my next project],” Romero adds. “I never know what’s going to be next, because the one that’s going to be next is the one that finds the money first. I used to be the only guy in this playground, but now there’s too damn many. It’s very hard now, particularly with World War Z [the movie].



  • BabyJaneHudson

    So cool. I thought this was a fun book – quick read, great images, clever approach. I also like that SPOILER ALERT it doesn’t go for a happy ending. Watching the doctors slowly turn in the same way as their patients while still carrying on with their work is something we haven’t really seen before END SPOILER ALERT. Book is a bit short and I wished there was more to it at the end, it will be interesting to see if Romero adds on his own ending.

  • djblack1313

    Romero says, “I used to be the only guy in this playground, but now there’s too damn many.” THANK GOD there are “too many” or we’d have god awful crap like DIARY OF THE DEAD or the “amazing” SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD. Romero has made like 2 good films IMO.

    that being said, i hope he makes another good movie. this story/book sounds interesting so of course i will give him the benefit of the doubt to redeem himself after his last couple of abominations.

    • BabyJaneHudson

      I’m hoping that with a fresh idea and a fresh approach that he can produce something of quality. I think one of his problems is that he’s just basically been doing the same store over and over again…

      • djblack1313

        BabyJane, i agree! fingers crossed!

  • Bouncy X

    so would he place this within the rebooted universe of Diary? or would it simply be an adaption of that book and be a stand alone thing?

    • Ravinus

      I think it needs to be a stand alone story and have nothing to do with the Diary universe. I think he also just needs to stick with the material in the book and avoid his own social commentary, ban CGI altogether, and consider calling Savini in–no matter the cost–for the practical effects. Otherwise, I hate to say it, but Romero seems to lack much motivation. Its as if he’s pushing zombie movies out because he thinks he has to appease fans. I’d like to see him change my mind.

      • djblack1313

        Ravinus, i agree 100%. very well said.

      • BabyJaneHudson

        Oh what a fantasy movie that would be! Love it.

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