Most of us had no idea that when George A. Romero passed away in 2017 he had been working on a screenplay for the conclusion of his seminal Night of the Living Dead franchise. Now, THR is reporting that Romero’s widow, Suzanne Romero hopes to bring her husband’s final film to fruition.
Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968; it was followed by Dawn of the Dead in 1978 and Day of the Dead in 1985. While these three films represent the core trilogy of Romero’s saga, the franchise also spawned Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead, released in 2005, 2007, and 2009 respectively. In addition to the just-announced Twilight of the Dead, Road of the Dead is another installment in Romero’s franchise that was (is?) planned for a posthumous release.
As for Twilight of the Dead, THR reports:
“Suzanne Romero, widow of the filmmaker, is opening up about Twilight of the Dead and sharing her plans to take it to the screen. She has been developing the script with three screenwriters for the past few years and is ready to meet with directors on the project.”
The story is set in a decimated world. Life has all but disappeared. But there still may be hope for humanity.
Paolo Zelati was working on a screenplay for Twilight of the Dead with Goerge A. Romero before he died. After his passing, he asked Suzanne for permission to continue, and subsequently recruited Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas to assist him.
“I can 100 percent say that George would be incredibly happy to see this continue,” Suzanne told THR. “He wanted this to be his final stamp on the zombie genre.” She’s currently looking for the best director to helm Twilight of the Dead.
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Obviously, this project is still a ways from finished, but this news is absolutely wonderful! You’d better believe we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional details as they emerge. Stay tuned and check back often!
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