With all of the attention the zombie movie genre has received lately, the godfather of the undead has to step up with something soon. George Romero, the man that is credited with creating and perfecting the zombie movie (we aren’t counting ‘Land of the Dead‘ btw) recently revealed what his next project will be and what it won’t be.
The Zombie Autopsies, a book written by his friend Steve Schlozman, is a medical drama about a team of doctors searching for a cure in the middle of an undead epidemic (apparently something beyond bullets and chainsaws, bummer). Romero is currently hard at work on the screenplay:
“This is Steve’s story, not mine. It’s more like The Andromeda Strain. It’s very tense and very medically correct. This guy’s a doctor, it’s all about being medically correct. I think about it like the first Hammer Frankenstein film, which was all about very graphic scenes of brains floating in blood and things like that. I want it to be perfectly accurate, almost shockingly so.”
If there is anyone that can make it work, I am thinking Romero can. If you’ve seen his last couple of movies, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, both low budget gems, you’ve seen that he still wants to push the envelope and flesh out (PUN!) the zombie film experience.
If you’ve had all your hopes and dreams pinned on the king of the zombie movies sitting in the directors chair for an episode or two of The Walking Dead, well… you might want to sit down.
“I love the books, I haven’t seen any of the episodes. Listen I love Frank [Darabont], I know he’s done a good job. I love the books, I never watched any of the episodes because… my zombies are sort of my own. I didn’t want to be part of it. Producers called and said, “do you want to direct some of these,” and I said no. Because I just didn’t think it was me.”
The fact that he name dropped the now fired Darabont officially puts it in the ‘not going to happen’ box, can’t say I am upset be that either. Romero’s best work is when he is as far away from studio executives as possible, his element is the alternative and the obscure. I think this hard science medical drama, The Zombie Autopsies, is something to look forward to. Just George, if you are reading this… just one chainsaw kill, please? It’d mean the world to a fan like me.