Included in this summer’s Frontières co-production market, which returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival ON July 20-23 in Montreal, is a brand new George Romero zombie film that is seeking financing. Road of the Dead takes place six years after 2005’s post-apocalyptic Land of the Dead and is set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans.
“In the darkest days of the zombie apocalypse, the last safe place on earth is anything but, as a mad despot uses the spectacle of high octane carnage to keep control of his populous.”
Similar to how Don Coscarelli passed on the directing duties with the fifth Phantasm, Romero will not be directing, though he’s writing and co-producing. In the director’s chair will be Matt Birman, who was second unit director on the last three Romero zombie films. He describes Road of the Dead as:
“The Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a Nascar race, with significant inspiration from Ben-Hur“.
Now that sounds pretty awesome, though maybe we shouldn’t get too excited after the disappointment of Diary Of The Dead and the downright awfulness of Survival Of The Dead….