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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.



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