George Romero To Direct Night of the Living Dead Remake


Night of the Living DeadGeorge Romero has been a staple of the zombie genre from pretty much day one and although he has had some less then stellar goes as of late with Diary of the Dead and Land of the Dead there is no denying that he is the master of the walking dead.

Today comes some pretty big news that George Romero will go back to his roots with a remake of Night of the Living Dead.

The original Night of the Living Dead film was mired in controversy when he lost the copyright and the film has been remade, rehashed and absolutely destroyed by various filmmakers over the years.

The only saving grace was in 1990 it was remade with Romero producing and Tom Savini directing and that was a truly awesome film.

George Romero clearly looking to take one last stab at the genre series that made him famous today announced on his official blog that he will be stepping behind the camera to direct a modern telling of the classic 60’s terror fest Night of The Living Dead for UNIVERSAL.

The script for the remake is set to bring Night of the Living Dead to a more modern era involving a fresh new cast but still holding true to the principals of the original. Hopefully he can do for Night of the Living Dead what Fede Alvarez has done for Evil Dead. Frankly who better to do it then the original creator himself.

With some luck he will bring back his power player Tom Savini and tap Greg Nicotero to not only help produce but work on the visual effects. If there is one thing we can count on Romero to do its produce a movie with no cgi, with an intricate message that is gory, terrifying and true to what all zombie movies should be.

Their is no official website for the project but you can checkout the first pre-production photo below;




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      1. nerdcore March 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Its March 31st, Looser 😉

        • Herner Klenthur March 31, 2013 at 8:07 pm

          thanks we didnt know that.

        • learntoreadbeforeposting April 1, 2013 at 1:14 am

          And that’s why they did it today. If you would have actually READ the article, it states they did it a day early so it wouldn’t be obvious. And its loser not Looser.

      2. Steve March 31, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        The only saving grace was the 1990 remake? Hello, it was the lost copyright that created the modern zombie genre.

        • Herner Klenthur March 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm

          Elaborate on how the lost copyright created the modern Zombie genre? Talented filmmakers inspired by the work of Romero made the modern zombie genre not a lost copyright on a film from the 60’s.

      3. Drew G. March 31, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        We can count on him not to use CGI? Both Diary and Survival made use of CGI (and not very well in some instances). It wasn’t as prolific as other modern films but it was definitely there.

        • Herner Klenthur March 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm

          Solid observation I stand corrected on my CGI comments. That said SEE the production photo at the end of the article.

      4. Kermet Merl Key March 31, 2013 at 8:31 pm

        I hate you.

        • Herner Klenthur March 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm

          Happy Easter to you to.

        • Kermet Merl Key April 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm

          I say that with all the sincerity a horror fan can muster when they read awesome news only to find out that they’ve been duped. Well played. But I still hate you.

        • Herner Klenthur April 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

          How about we hope the clear interest for it will make it a reality?

      5. The Creature March 31, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Oh man…I would so be laughing if it were truly April Fool’s Day today, because it’d be my own fault for not knowing. But since it’s only March 31st…I’m a bit butt hurt at the moment. lol

        And yet, what an amazing prank! When tomorrow rolls around, I’ll certainly be sharing this! 😀

        • Herner Klenthur March 31, 2013 at 8:47 pm

          Our first ever April Fools joke and yes we did it a day early. Who would have believed us otherwise? :) Happy Easter.

      6. Mikhel March 31, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        The “lost copyright” created the modern genre because everybody could depredate his ideas to create other similar films withouth worrying of lawsuits. It even created a franchise that lived up until the mid 2000’s with “Return Of The Living Dead” of which there are 5 movies, and other italian movies made by Fulci. “Return” was made by Russo, who, together with Romero made “Night of the living dead”, and Russo wanted to take a more comic approach while Romero wanted to keep the social criticism, but since Romero couldn’t say no because he had no rights, Russo went on to create the other saga to which most “zombie” fans were first introduced.

        Screenwiters didn’t worry about being sued if they plagiarized ideas made popular by Romero, of them all being the most important: slow moving corpses that eat flesh. Try to create a movie of a monster that lives in nightmares and uses a claw with razors, or a hockey masked lunatic with a machete, and you’ll see how far you can go.

        Mind you i said “lost copyright” because he never had copyright, he never lost it, he merely didn’t register because it was too costly, IT IS too costly even today and most of the time it is a double edge sword in USA because it is a country known to hunt expiring rights to hoard them and even go as far as sue the creator (see Apple suing everybody after they plagiarized ideas of others patented worldwide but a law in the US says a worlwide copyright doesn’t apply to the US so people can just downright copy it).

        • Herner Klenthur March 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm

          Great comment with a ton of depth. I do not completely agree that NOTLD is the source for all the movies you mention but there is no question that Romero is the father of the genre. Also valid correction on the copyright status for Night. I thought he FORGOT did not realize he couldnt afford it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

        • Goon April 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

          Actually it had nothing to do with not being able to afford a copyright.. When they changed the title they forgot to add the copyright on the print.. Back then you had to indicate that on the print..

          Zombies had been around for awhile.. The people who came out with the movies later were just capitalizing on the popularity. Zombies were not copyrighted. Look at werewolves, vampires, demons.. You don’t see lawsuits all over with those movies.. It had nothing to do with copyright and everything to do with jumping on the bandwagon.

      7. Steels March 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        Um check your facts on the copyright the problem was the film was originally going to be called Night Of The Flesh Eaters, the copyright on the title of the film it’s self was attached to the title graphic, when they changed the title they forget to add the copyright symbol to the new title, a horrible mistake by a bunch of first time movie makers not laziness by George.

        • Herner Klenthur March 31, 2013 at 10:30 pm

          Good tid bit Steels thanks for sharing. That makes ALOT of sense

      8. Michael LeBlanc March 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm

        You got me. I have to admit that I to very excited.

        • Michael LeBlanc March 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

          Make that…I was very excited.

      9. Tomas April 1, 2013 at 1:53 am

        Another crap movie so…. can we get someone else to make it or even just donate the cash intended for this movie to charity… both options yield better things.

        • Herner Klenthur April 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

          really? You think NOTLD is crap?

      10. catman April 1, 2013 at 4:37 am

        omg i hate this joke

        • Herner Klenthur April 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm

          At least you recongize its a joke :) April Fools thanks for reading, go watch a George Romero movie!

      11. Tan April 1, 2013 at 6:17 am

        I didn’t really want it to be true anyway. Thanks for the read anyway.

        • Herner Klenthur April 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm

          Thanks for not taking our April Fools joke to seriously :) A few have taken it to EXTREMES.

      12. Nemo April 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

        You got me. Well played, sincerely. But just know, when the zombie apocalypse comes and I get turned, I’m going to search you out to be the first person(s) I bite. Til then, keep up the good work.

        • Herner Klenthur April 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm

          haha and we will have earned it. April Fools Day and thanks for reading!

      13. Travis Klunk April 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        Fuck You. You Fucking Pricks. That was the best news that I’ve heard in years, and then to find out that its just a prank. You Bastards!!!!!! I was seriously jumping for joy. You guys got me. You guys got me. Happy April Fools Day. : -)

        • Herner Klenthur April 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

          lol come on now we raised attention for George Romero, and yes we yanked your chain but it is April Fools :)

      14. Archer April 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        It would have been more convincing had they used “principles” instead of “principals.” Unless, of course, the remake was meant to take place in a high school setting.

      15. john April 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm

        i think he should use the same script not change a thing that move is a classic but still remake

      16. Tyler April 2, 2013 at 2:49 am

        “You got my hopes up and then dashed them quite expertly. Bravo!”

        • Tyler April 2, 2013 at 2:50 am

          . . . also, fuck you and the couch you rode in on

      17. zombiechoi April 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

        its an april fools joke? of course it is ….as if the studios would support the arts in the film and not the profit….dude or dudette i was sooooooooooo stoked i posted it on my wall…but still cool to imagine how mr. romero would remake his landmark beautiful film….thx!

      18. slowzombie April 4, 2013 at 6:29 am

        I’m relieved. After black Moses – Land … and that emo chick on a horse – Survival, I can’t take another sensitive zombie. Bub was my kind of Mr. Sensitive – respect the salute, or I shoot.

      19. Darryl April 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        Please don’t even let George near the movie. Please. He Facked up enough zombie movies already. He sucks now.

      20. John June 1, 2013 at 5:54 am

        The reason, the real reason the lapsed copyright contributed to the success of the genre is because television stations were able to play the movie royalty free as often as they wanted and it became a cult classic as a late night horror movie. Otherwise it would have been forgotten shortly after its release. Same thing happened with “it’s a Wonderful Life.” for years it was believed to be in public domain around 1970 and local stations would play it repeatedly around Christmas. It became so popular and well known that it is now thought of as a Holliday staple despite the fact that it tanked at the box office when it was originally released to such a degree it all but ended the career of lenedary director Frank Capra. Sometime around 1994 it was determined that only script copyright (I believe) had laped and the visual image and music were still controlled by the studio and local stations were forced to end their traditions of holiday marathons of “it’s a Wonderful Life.” Romero produced the 1990 version to establish a copyright on the screenplay.

        As per an earlier comment, one can not establish a copyright on general ideas like zombies, or even ideas like the general plot of a story. You can only copyright tangible things like a screenplay or the images of a film print or the soundtrack to the movie, etc.

        • John June 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

          Sorry for the typos and misinformation. I wrote the comment at 2:00 am on an iPad.

          “Its a Wonderful Life” was determined to be in public domain only in terms if the images, not the screenplay and not the music. So the film still can not be shown without some sort of licensing agreement . Also it was Liberty Films, not Republic. Liberty struck a deal for NBC to have the exclusive holiday broadcast rights for some period of time.

      21. Ryan T June 15, 2013 at 1:43 am

        There’s a reboot of Night of the Living Dead in the works! http://www.facebook.com/thenightofthelivingdead