George A. Romero, the godfather of the zombie genre as we know it, isn’t done yet. Although the legendary filmmaker behind Night of the Living Dead and other genre classics passed away a few years ago, his last zombie film, Twilight of the Dead, is now officially in the works.
Suzanne Romero, the woman of late George A. Romeroworked to get Twilight of the Dead going. She worked with screenwriters Paolo Zelati, Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas to complete the script. Zelati wrote the original treatment with Romero before his death. The film is set “in a decimated world. Life has all but disappeared. But there may still be hope for humanity.” Suzanne Romero had this to say.
“I gave [Paolo Zelati] My blessings as long as I can be there every step of the way so that he remains true to George’s vision. We had solid treatment and the beginning of the script. I can 100 percent say that George would be incredibly happy if this continued. He wanted this to be his final stamp on the zombie genre. ”
The Night of the Living Dead, published in 1968, is widely considered to be one of the best horror works ever made. The blueprint for the zombie genre as we know it was also designed. Romero made several other zombie films later in his career, including Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and Land of the Dead, and Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. However, as Paolo Zelati explains, Diary and Survival were not a fitting ending to Romero’s saga.
“It all started with my question to him: ‘Where are the zombies going at the end of the land of the dead?’ It’s no secret that Diary and Survival weren’t what he envisioned the show’s ending to be, and George knew it very well. Twilight of the Dead was his departure from the genre he was creating and going out with a powerful movie wanted. ”
There’s no word yet on when production might start, but Suzanne Romero is set to prepare to meet with directors. So far, no specific filmmakers have been named as potential applicants. Romero went on to state that this would still be the movie George A. Romero intended, even if he’s not the one behind the camera.
“This is the movie he wanted to make. And while someone else bears the torch as a director, it’s very much a George A. Romero movie.”
The late filmmaker has had other projects popping up since his death. A Day of the Dead TV show is currently in the works for Syfy, and his long-lost film The Amusement Park is finally getting released on Shudder. We’ll keep you updated as more details on Twilight of the Dead become available. This news comes to us through The Hollywood Reporter.