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George Romero Reveals More ‘Road of the Dead’ Details

The legendary George A. Romero is hoping to return to the zombie arena with upcoming film Road of the Dead, which is seeking financing at the Frontières co-production market later this month. Romero co-wrote the script with Matt Birman, with Birman set to direct.

What do we know so far? 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.”

Speaking with Rue Morgue this week, Romero revealed a bit more about the (potentially) forthcoming project, noting that it’s going to be quite a bit different than the ‘…of the Dead’ films that he himself directed. But first, more plot details!

It’s set in a sanctuary city where this fat cat runs a haven for rich folks, and one of the things that he does is stage drag races to entertain them,” Romero told the site. “There’s a scientist there doing genetic experiments, trying to make the zombies stop eating us, and he has discovered that with a little tampering, they can recall certain memory skills that enable them to drive in these races. So it’s a demolition derby with zombies at the wheels, and of course the shit hits the fan in other ways. It’s really a romp; it’s great fun, with stunts galore.”

Romero continued, “This one is really almost a comedy, though it’s got scares and spooky moments and all that. It’s more about suspense than blood. While there is gore, it’s not overt; there are no big, operatic sequences where people get torn apart. There’s slapstick in it, but it’s mostly stunts; it’s quite different. One character dies, for example, in a tragic way, but was once in NASCAR and is able to come back and drive. It’s that kind of looney-tunes.

It’s really THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS with zombies.

Be sure to read the full chat over on Rue Morgue.


28 Comments
  • js4strings

    Where do they get the gas to run all of these zombie races?

    • Saturn

      Are you trying to imply a massive mistake in zombie movies, and especially TWD, is that the fuel for a car only has a short shelf life, and without fresh deliveries and the power to run the pumps, most peoples cars would be useless after just a few months?

      • John

        TWD has taken place over the course of about 2 years or less. I’ve been running my lawn mower on the same gas I bought 3 years ago.

  • Neto Ribeiro

    Wow that’s really bad

  • The chicken man

    I have a forever love for Romero’s films, but, I am not excited for this movie.

  • Darkknight2149

    “There’s a scientist there doing genetic experiments, trying to make the zombies stop eating us.”

    So they ARE continuing that plotline cliffhanger from “Survival of the Dead”, where they teach the zombies to eat something else. I was expecting Romero to drop that.

  • Creepshow

    Well I was wrong. It actually IS worse than I thought.

  • Frank Gambino

    Sounds dumb

  • Corey J Adkison

    Sounds dumb…and an extension of his “rich people bad” plotline from Land of the Dead.

    Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead were great. Day of the Dead was okay, but the rest have been pretty bad.

  • Bobby Jones

    sounds like Grandpa got off his meds.

  • J Jett

    i hope HOPE i’m wrong but this does indeed sound idiotic.

  • dsxy

    Oh dear.

  • Garbageface

    If this is something like Death Race 2000 with zombies, I’m in.

  • Kristoffer Groves

    I sat through Freddy Got Fingered. I can sit through this.

  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    Mad Max with zombies sounds bonkers yet awesome on paper… If it was George Miller making it.

    As much of a genius Romero was, I think he lost his touch a few years ago.

  • tbaio

    As long as Romero is not directing, this has a chance to be good.

  • Hack Snyder

    This is gonna be a trainwreck. If it had a talented director at the helm and a massive budget it could be good but the director is a nobody who hasn’t ever directed a feature film before and I have no doubt the budget will be less than $15 million.

  • “The Fast and the Furious with zombies”……enough said. 🙁

    • Saturn

      Expect an Asylum knock off any day now “The Fazt and The Furiouz”.

  • Necro

    Really? No seriously…….. Really?

  • Edward P. Gary

    What ever happened to simplicity? George!

  • Gambit

    From the desolate dead world shown at the beginning of Day of the Dead…to this shit 🙁

  • Saturn

    We will all watch it.

    • Matt Greene

      Sigh… yes.

  • Weresmurf

    I was actually onboard with zombies slowly regaining some semblance of memory, you did it perfectly with Bub in Day George. But:

    “One character dies, for example, in a tragic way, but was once in NASCAR and is able to come back and drive. It’s that kind of looney-tunes.”

    Yeah, not Looney Toons in an Animaniacs way, more Looney Toons in a “Loonatics” way which noone liked…

  • Hello

    This sounds like absolute garbage.

  • Imperial Dalek Emperor

    Big fan of the original notld and have to say the first three night,dawn and day should had ended from there.

  • Curt Underwood

    sounds completely unwatchable

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