Image Credit: Michael GibsonLegendary horror director George Romero has told EW he is unlikely to direct an episode of Frank Darabont’s new AMC zombie show The Walking Dead, which debuts this Halloween. There has been a lot of speculation over the past few months that Romero — who effectively invented the modern zombie genre with his 1968 shocker Night of the Living Dead and has since made five sequels — might oversee an episode if AMC commissioned the show for a second season. Just a couple of days ago, Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd told me that it was a “dream” of Darabont’s to bring Romero onboard.
Yesterday, Romero informed EW, in the nicest possible way, that the Shawshank Redemption director’s dream is likely to remain just that. “I don’t know that I would really want to,” he said. “It’s not mine, you know. I have my own little franchise on the side over here. I think I’d rather stick with my [zombies] rather than get involved. But Frank’s a terrific filmmaker and I’m sure he’ll do a great job with it.”
Romero also confirmed that he hopes to make at least two more zombie movies, which would follow characters he first introduced in 2007’s Diary of the Dead. His most recent zombie film Survival of the Dead, which is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, hinged around Alan Van Sprang’s soldier Sarge, who Romero fans initially encountered in Diary.
You can check out trailers for both The Walking Dead and Survival of the Dead below. And look out next week for a special report on the enduring, and still growing, influence of Night of the Living Dead with contributions from, among others, Romero, Darabont, NotLD star Russ Streiner, Walking Dead makeup effects wizard Greg Nicotero, and Hatchet director Adam Green.
Are you looking forward to seeing the Darabont-directed Walking Dead pilot on Halloween? Do you hope Mr. Romero changes his mind about helming an episode?
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