George A. Romero’s ground breaking 1968 zombie movie became the first installment in Romero’s ‘Dead’ franchise as well as leading to the Return of the Living Dead series and even a remake. The film has also been re-edited, colourised and released in so many different versions that the idea of yet another sequel unrelated to any others may not seem especially exciting. However, this one was actually written before Dawn Of The Dead by the original writers and producers.
From ‘Living Dead Media’:
“Night of the Living Dead first brought zombies to the silver screen in 1968. The world was unprepared for the film’s flesh starved ghouls, which resulted in a groundbreaking and commercial success. It remains one of the most influential and revered horror films of all time and now sits in the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art for its cultural significance. Written by John A. Russo and directed by George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead created the foundation for the five Return of the Living Dead films that gave us TARMAN and his famous catch phrase “More Brains!”, popularizing brain eating zombies and defining the modern dark comedy-horror genre in the process. Romero’s Trilogy of the Dead series also owes its roots to the classic. In addition, Night of the Living Dead is not only credited with spawning a generation of zombie films, but all modern horror films.”
“That history and Night of the Living Dead’s place on the Mt. Rushmore of horror films is known by most horror fans and people all over the world. But, unknown to most is that in the early 1970’s, the original writers and producers of Night of the Living Dead penned a sequel to their masterpiece. A sequel that inexplicably has gone unproduced for over forty years – until now. Living Dead Media has brushed away the dirt from this amazing follow up to a classic and brought together a great team to produce the new film.”
We don’t know any more details at the moment, except that the plan is to release Night of the Living Dead Part II in 2019. The one thing that holds me back from getting excited is that Romero doesn’t seem to have been involved with this script – though I guess that was a good thing in the end because instead he went on to make the greatest zombie movie of them all.