George A. Romero’s 1985 release of ‘Day of the Dead’ looks to be getting a modern day reboot. Millennium Films will be producing it and they are also the studio that was responsible for the immensely underwhelming and abysmal 2008 release. One can hope that they have learned from their mistakes but let’s be honest, it would be hard to make a worse film than the 2008 outing. At the very least, there is a different directing and writing team involved this time around and hopefully that till make all the difference in the world.
This second reboot of the film is set to be directed by Mark Tonderai (‘House At The End Of The Street’) who penned the script with Lars Jacobson.
The modern telling of the film will open years after the zombie plague has eradicated the majority of the world’s population. It will focus on a group of scientists and survivors who are still attempting to find a cure and while doing so, open Pandora’s box. I’m assuming this will follow the original film’s story line centered around Bub, the zombie who they have begun to teach new things to and is starting to become intelligent.
As intelligent zombies have been making a rise in the zombie genre lately and has been an underlying theme in Romero’s work for years, one would expect that this is the figurative Pandora’s Box mentioned. Of course, a fresh twist would also be nice.
On the production end of things the studio has Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman lined up as the producers with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and Terry Dougas all set as executive producers. Finally, Beth Bruckner is set to be a co-producer.
So, zombie fans. Are you annoyed that the same studio is rebooting ‘Day of the Dead’ after their release of one of the worst zombie films of all time or is there hope here with the director of ‘House At The End Of The Street’ running the show?