The director of the Jennifer Lawrence starring horror, House at the End of the Street, has been tapped to helm the remake of George A. Romero’s classic zombie flick, Day of the Dead. Deadline reports that Millennium Films have set Mark Tonderai to direct the ambitious remake of Romero’s classic 1985 zombie horror, the third in his brilliant zombie series.
Tonderai, best known for House At The End Of The Street, wrote the script with Lars Jacobson. In this new version, years after the zombie plague has wiped out most of Earth’s population, a group of scientists and survivors attempt to find a cure, and instead open Pandora’s box. The title was shopped at the recent AFM. Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are producers. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and Terry Dougas are executive producers. Beth Bruckner is co-producer.
Producers Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman, of Campbell Grobman Films, produced the Texas Chainsaw 3D horror earlier this year, and even though the film was widely hated by fans, the film was a success. Made on a zero budget, the film grossed $34 million in the US alone, so like it or not, a Day of the Dead remake sounds like a profitable idea.
The remake is looking to begin production during the summer of 2014.
Campbell Grobman Films acquired the rights to the remake from James and Robert Dudelson, whose Taurus Entertainment produced the 2008 remake of Day of the Dead which was directed by Steve Miner and starred Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon.
The original Day of the Dead centers on a few survivors hiding from zombies, who have taken over the world. It’s the third film in Romero’s ‘Dead’ series, including Night of the Living Dead in 1968 and Dawn of the Dead in 1978.
When the remake was first announced back in July, Campbell spoke of their ideas of how to adapt the script:
“We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible,” Campbell said, “to make sure that his fans are happy. These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z.” She added “Zombie movies are really popular right now, and we feel we could do this right”