Los Angeles Times
The George A. Romero classic Day of the Dead has already been remade shoddily, and it’s even been given a sequel so bad words escape me at the moment. Now two of Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s producers, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman, are looking to give it another go.
The LA Times reports that Grobman and Campbell have acquired the rights from James and Robert Dudelson, whose Taurus Entertainment produce the 2008 Day of the Dead with Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon. Grobman and Campbell said their company, Campbell Grobman Films, is now holding meetings with screenwriters about the best way to adapt the 1985 original about a group of military personnel and scientists hiding from the undead in a bunker.
The producers said they expected the remake, a collaboration with Millennium Films, to have a budget of between $10 million and $20 million and be in theaters next year.
“Zombie movies are really popular right now, and we feel we could do this right,” said Campbell, a former genre movie actress who is currently producing the Kate Beckinsale psychological thriller Eliza Graves. Grobman said she and Campbell wanted to prove that Texas Chainsaw 3D was not a fluke. “Everybody in town was claiming they were behind its success,” she said. “We wanted to show that we didn’t just get lucky. It was a very calculated production.”
The two said they had very few specific ideas about their Day of the Dead remake except that it would try to honor Romero’s original. “We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible,” Campbell said, “to make sure that his fans are happy. These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in ‘World War Z.’”
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