Are you curious where George Romero stands on The Walking Dead? No need to wonder any more thanks to a recent interview that the legendary director conducted with ‘The Big Issue‘.
During the interview they asked George Romero to share his insights on The Walking Dead and he pulled no punches
“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it,”
“Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”
I have met George Romero a few times and he is a super nice guy and I firmly believe he is not trying to insult the show as much as share a feeling that is shared by many fans. The Walking Dead is not your parents zombie show.
Romero is right when he says that the Zombie’s in The Walking Dead have become secondary elements. He is also right that The Walking Dead is more soap opera then a tale of zombies. However the one thing we all tend to overlook is that what AMC is doing with The Walking Dead fits perfectly with the demographic they are targeting….. everyone!
A Walking Dead TV show directed by George Romero and featuring subtle political and social criticism would please people like me but mainstream viewers would very quickly tune out. We have seen already that mainstream audiences are not interested in George Romero’s zombies by the lackluster success of Land of the Dead, Survival of the Dead and Diary of the Dead.
Although those films are winners for many genre fans mainstream movie goers and TV audiences have no stomach for George Romero’s unique profile and view on Zombies. I think that the offer to have George Romero direct a few episodes of The Walking Dead is more about paying homage then truly involving him in moulding the series.
What do you think of George Romero’s comments on The Walking Dead? Agree? Disagree? Would you like to see him step behind the lens and direct a few episodes?
For me if George Romero directed a few episodes of The Walking Dead would definitely raise Romero’s profile and add value to the hit show. The Walking Dead has always been about the people as much as the zombies and so has Romero’s films. Bringing George Romero into the world of The Walking Dead would be ground breaking!