George A. Romero, considered the godfather of the zombie subgenre, is taking his undead franchise on the road.
Included in this summer’s Frontières co-production market, which returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival from July 20-23 in Montreal, is a brand new Romero zombie film that is seeking financing.
Similar to how Don Coscarelli passed on the directing duties with the fifth Phantasm, Romero will unfortunately not be helming George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead, this time passing the baton to Matt Birman.
Road of the Dead originated as an original pitch from Birman roughly 10 years ago, explained Indiewire:
The story is set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans.
Birman describes the project as Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a Nascar race, with significant inspiration from Ben-Hur.
Birman is the perfect choice to continue Romero’s legacy as he was the second unti director on several “of the dead” films, including Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead.
Romero co-wrote the screenplay with Birman who both produce with Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell.