The screening for George A. Romero’s fifth zombie film, Diary of the Dead (review #1, #2), went through the roof this past week at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival. It went so well in fact that the Weinstein’s acquired the film for theatrical release sometime in 2008. So what comes next? How about a sixth zombie film!? Read on to see what we learned exclusively from Mr. Romero.
Today B-D reporter Mike Pereira sat down with legendary director George A. Romero to chat one-on-one about DIARY OF THE DEAD, which is Romero’s first independent film in years. During the video interview (which you’ll see in a week or two) he scooped us on the possibility of a sixth zombie film!
He tells us that IF the film is a success the Weinsteins will want him to write another one, which will begin directly after the conclusion to DIARY. Unfortunately you won’t know what I’m talking about until you see the film, but it’s a pretty cool finale that leaves our lead characters in a very uncomfortable and tight position.
Otherwise Romero explained that he doesn’t really have any direct plans to go forth with the franchise right now and has other projects he’d rather be doing, like SEASON OF THE WITCH. So the fans will have a huge impact on when we might see more of the undead!
With a story mixing elements of “The Blair Witch Project” and the long-running “Dead” series, the film will follow a group of college students shooting a horror movie in the woods who stumble upon a real zombie uprising. When the onslaught begins, they seize the moment as any good film students would, capturing the undead in a “cinema verite” style that causes more than the usual production headaches.