George Romero has a new project coming titled ‘Empire of the Dead’ which he is doing in partnership with powerhouse MARVEL. As you have probably guessed Empire of the Dead is not a movie or a TV Show but a graphic novel based on original characters that he created specifically for Empire of the Dead.
George Romero’s latest films have hit a nerve with some fans as he reaches out and brings in new elements to his zombies like zombies that think and fire weapons in Land of The Dead. Empire of the Dead will have 3 main character types, zombies, humans and ‘the living dead’. Quite curious to see what the third character type will be about but it seems clear its a variant villain.
The Empire of the Dead plot goes as follows
Welcome to New York City years after the plague has hit. But just because the Big Apple has been quarantined doesn’t mean that everyone inside is safe! Flesh-eating zombies roam within the confines of Manhattan…but they’re not the only predator that’s poised and ready to strike! Who or what is this new menace?
Empire of the Dead is based in New York city which is George Romero’s home and the reason he chose a graphic novel is because it gives him the freedom to take the story as far as he wants without limitations of technology and money. In an interview with CBR George Romero revealed that Comic Books have inspired him for a long time telling them quote;
I did grow up reading comic books, and I loved them. I’ve always loved them. My film, “Creepshow,” was inspired by my early years with those stories. I think it was the same for [Stephen] King, who wrote the script.
Comic books didn’t really make me want to be a filmmaker. They made me want to learn how to be a storyteller.
Empire of the Dead is a 15 issue series for MARVEL and the artwork is done by world renowned artist Alex Maleev.
You can checkout a few preview pages from the Graphic Novel below courtesy of Marvel.com. What do you think of the project? Will you pick it up?