Fifty years ago, George A. Romero introduced the world of cinema to zombies in his classic masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead. This film redefined the horror genre, and brought about one of the creepiest (and some say now highly overused) creatures on both the big and small screen. This film inspired countless other movies and tv shows, including Zombieland and The Walking Dead. Now, thanks to a new report, it would seem that an officially licensed, but unused script for a sequel has been unearthed and Living Dead Media plans to finally bring the film to life.
According to Bloody-Disgusting, a statement was released, saying:
“’Night of the Living Dead’ first brought zombies to the silver screen in 1968. The world was unprepared for the film’s flesh starved ghouls, which resulted in a groundbreaking and commercial success. It remains one of the most influential and revered horror films of all time and now sits in the Library of Congress. Written by John A. Russo and directed by George A. Romero, ‘Living Dead’ created the foundation for the five ‘Return of the Living Dead’ films that gave us TARMAN and his famous catch phrase “More Brains!”, popularizing brain eating zombies and defining the modern dark comedy-horror genre in the process. Romero’s Trilogy of the Dead series also owes its roots to the classic. In addition, ‘Night of the Living Dead ‘ is not only credited with spawning a generation of zombie films, but all modern horror films.
That history and ‘Night of the Living Dead’s place on the Mt. Rushmore of horror films is known by most horror fans and people all over the world. But, unknown to most is that in the 1970’s, the original writers and producers of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ penned a sequel to their masterpiece. A sequel that inexplicably has gone unproduced for over forty years – until now. Living Dead Media has brushed away the dirt from this amazing follow up to a classic and brought together a great team to produce the new film.”
On a personal note, while I have become numb and disenchanted with the ridiculous influx of zombies in cinema and TV, I am incredibly excited to see this sequel. Set for a 2019 release, to see the original vision for a sequel to the horror classic is intriguing and amazing. The first one was a true masterpiece, and a sequel from its creators has to be on the same level. So, next year, plan on being terrified by the undead.
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