George Romero created the still immensely popular Zombie genre way back in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, and since then Zombies have appeared in 437 feature films, 130 video games and 88 TV series. Naturally, Romero is owed some gratitude for his creation, and now his son, George Cameron Romero, wants to give something back to his old man, and make a prequel to Night of the Living Dead called Origins.
Romero Junior has proved he has the skills to do it with horror films Staunton Hill and The Screening, but he needs the fans help to do it. Bloody Disgusting is officially supporting a IndieGogo campaign to help fun the film, which promises to be:
- Aware of what made the Romero Zombies so special and award winning
- Respectful of those who have loved the Romero brand and George’s Zombies
The story of Origins goes like this:
Origins takes place in the Turmoil of the 1960’s just shortly before “Night of the Living Dead”, and explains how The ‘Original’ Romero Zombie was created.
In 1962, Dr. Ryan Cartwright was on the scientific and altruistic path to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of M.A.D (Mutual Assured Destruction), a huge topic brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Little did he know that over the course of the next several years of his life, he would take a well-funded and military focused journey to the darkest corners of the world… as he creates the ultimate weapon for the government and a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days.
Origins is the story in the Romero universe of how the first ‘Zombie’ strolled across that cemetery and into lives of those in the ‘dead’ series almost fifty years later. This is a project that will re-define the genre… as well as the monster and everything that scares you about them.
“I want to take back the Zombie Genre in the name of the Legacy that my father created almost 50 years ago. I want to tell the Origin story of the modern zombie, in a way that my father wasn’t able to do so back in 1968”
“I feel this is something that I HAVE to do. Not only to reclaim the genre in the name of my family and not only to tell the story that my dad couldn’t tell in the 60s… but also because I… like all of you… was raised on my dad’s creation….”
– G. Cameron Romero
Romero Senior will be producing the film for his Son, and further details about how you can donate, and what you will get should you wish to do so, can be found on the IndieGogo page.