Before you get too excited, no, Romero is NOT directing this film. Rather, this is a project he’s writing and producing that is seeking funding during this year’s Fantasia Frontières Market in July.
According to Indiewire, Road of the Dead is the next zombie film following Romero’s last three movies as a director: Survival of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Land of the Dead. Matt Birman, who served as second unit director on all three movies and has worked as a stunt coordinator and stuntman for more than three decades, is directing.
Road of the Dead originated as an original pitch from Birman roughly 10 years ago. The story is set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans. Birman describes the project as Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a Nascar race, with significant inspiration from Ben-Hur.
Read on to learn what other films are in the works and will be presented during the Market.
From the Press Release:
Wrapping up a year that already includes the inaugural Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum in Amsterdam and the upcoming Frontières Platform in Cannes, Frontières returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival for the 9th edition of its co-production market. The market will take place July 20-23 in Montreal.
Frontières connects North America with Europe in an environment specifically focused on genre film co-production and financing. Now a multi-platform initiative in partnership with the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, this year Frontières has expanded its programming to provide in-depth networking and development opportunities for projects at various stages of development.
Frontières is thrilled to announce a first wave of projects selected to participate in its 9th edition. Notable project helmers include: the legendary George A. Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD); director/writer Blaine Thurier (LOW SELF-ESTEEM GIRL, indie rock’s THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS); producers Titus Kreyenberg (I AM NOT A WITCH), Caroline Piras (AUX YEUX DES VIVANTS – AMONG THE LIVING), and the team behind I SELL THE DEAD and the live radio drama TALES BEYOND THE PALE, Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid with writer Clay McLeod Chapman (THE BOY); and director-producer team Antonio Tublén and Alexander Brondsted (LFO, ROBIN). The full project line-up will be announced in early June.
This weekend in Cannes, Frontières will also unveil the Frontières Platform at the Marché du Film, a dedicated section of presentations and networking opportunities for the genre community. Events will include a Proof of Concept Presentation of projects in the late finance and packaging stages, a Buyers’ Showcase of recently completed or work-in-progress films, and the co-presentation of the Fantastic Fanatics Mixer, a networking cocktail in partnership with genre festivals and markets around the world.
Frontières at Fantasia: First Wave Projects
George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead (Canada)
Director: Matt Birman
Writers: George A. Romero, Matt Birman,
Producers: George A. Romero (New Romero Productions), Matt Manjourides, Justin Martell (Not the Funeral Home), Matt Birman (Pig Dreams)
High Dive (Germany/UK/Hungary)
Director: Ádám Császi
Writers: Ádám Császi & Iván Szabó
Producers: Titus Kreyenberg (unafilm), Samm Haillay (Third Films), Adrás Muht (Focus fox)
Kicking Blood (Canada)
Director/Writer: Blaine Thurier
Producers: Leonard Farlinger, Jennifer Jonas (New Real Films)
Director: Yannick Muller
Writers: Yannick Muller & Nicolas Fleureau
Producers: Delphine Crozatier (Contrebande Productions), Sylvain Goldberg, Serge de Poucques (Nexus Factory)
A Nightmare Wakes (USA)
Director/Writer: Nora Unkel
Producers: Devin Shepherd, Nora Unkel (Wild Obscura Films)
Protect Us From Our Hunger (Luxembourg)
Director/Writer: Jacques Molitor
Producers: Gilles Chanial, Caroline Piras (Les Films Fauves)
The Restoration at Grayson Manor (USA)
Director: Glenn McQuaid
Writers: Clay McLeod Chapman (Script), Glenn McQuaid (Story)
Producer: Larry Fessenden (Glass Eye Pix)
Restore Point (Czech Republic)
Director: Robert Hloz
Writer: Tomislav Cecka
Producer: Jan Kallista (Film Kolektiv)
The Stolen Child (Canada)
Director/Writer: Sebastian McKinnon
Producers: Sebastian McKinnon (Five Knights Productions Inc), Victoria Sanchez-Mandryk, Sandy Martinez (Just Believe Productions)
Director/Writer: Antonio Tublén
Producer: Alexander Brondsted (Pingpong Film)
FRONTIÈRES is organised by the Fantasia International Film Festival, in partnership with the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, and is co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union. Frontières 2017 is made possible thanks to our partners: the Netherlands Film Fund, Wallimage, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Telefilm Canada, and SODEC.