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George Romero Blames “The Walking Dead” For ‘Road Of The Dead’ Delay–Do YOU?

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-07-06

Zombie icon George Romero is working on a new film that many fans believe will combine Fast and Furious with zombies. The legendary master of horror presents, Road of the Dead…

Road of the Dead | Photo Credit Comic Book

After working on this new film for the past few decades, the groundbreaking zombie director has been working on this film, along with the idea that he can bring new life to the repetitious genre.

However, he believes the film has been delayed thanks to the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Romero Talks Hollywood-ized Zombie Flicks

World War Z | Photo Credit Paramount Pictures

George Romero told reporters:

“I harbor a lot of resentment…I used to be the only guy on the zombie playground, and unfortunately, Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead have made it Hollywood-ized. I was ready to do another one, a $2-3 million one, and nobody will finance a zombie film now.”

Sure, it can be frustrating to have to fight for financial backing in a genre he helped to build, but it doesn’t seem wise to blame others for wanting to evolve the series into something bigger for more audiences. It would be like Alexander Graham Bell being upset with Apple for creating the iPhone.

Time For Zombies To Evolve…

Top 10 Zombies | Photo Credit YouTube

Movie Pilot writes:

“Quite frankly, it was only a matter of time before others would rise from the grave to put their own stake in the zombie genre. After all, it’s been almost fifty years since Romero first stepped out onto the zombie playground with Night of the Living Dead, and the genre has only increased in popularity since then, swelling like an extremely well-fed horde of zombies.”

“Romero himself has helmed six zombie movies in that time, so it’s only fair that others have the chance to take a bite out of those undead earnings.”

Do you think Romero has a valid argument for these claims?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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