A few months ago we brought you news that George A. Romero’s son, George Cameron Romero, was planning a prequel to his Father’s legacy, Night of the Living Dead.
An IndieGogo campaign was set up to help fund the project, and it reached its goal! Now Variety reports that Radar Pictures have come onboard to produce, and production is set to begin later this year.
“Night of the Living Dead” was released in 1968 and starred Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea and Karl Hardman. The film, which follows seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse attacked by zombies, was shot in black and white for $114,000 and grossed $30 millon worldwide, spawning five more “Living Dead” films.
It was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.
The new film’s story is by Romero, who will also direct, with a screenplay by Romero, Darrin Reed and Bryce C. Campbell. Radar’s Ted Field will produce with Aldo LaPietra, Campbell, Reed and Romero. Executive producers are Mike Weber and Thomas van Dell.
The project is set at the height of the Cold War, when one scientist tried to give the world its best hope for survival and instead unleashed its worse nightmare.
“I’m a longtime fan of Night of the Living Dead,” said Field. “I have tremendous belief in Cameron.”
“‘Origins’ is a great opportunity for me to continue the family tradition of creating haunting and ever-evolving depictions of the undead, and a great opportunity for Romero fans to see a story of zombie inception never portrayed before,” Romero said.
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.
Origins 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