Romero Seeks Directors For Final “Dead”

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Suzanne Romero, the wife of the late film director George Romero, is currently seeking meetings with directors for a fifth and final feature in Romero’s signature zombie film series.

Titled “Twilight of the Dead,” Suzanne Romero says she has been developing the script with three screenwriters for the past few years and is ready to meet with directors on the project.

Her husband was quietly developing this concluding chapter before his death in 2017 and intended it to be his final statement on the genre. The story is set in a decimated world in which life has all but disappeared, but there may still be hope for humanity.

It follows on from Romero’s various originals including 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead,” 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead,” 1985’s “Day of the Dead,” and 2005’s “Land of the Dead”.

While he directed two more zombie films after that – 2007’s “Diary of the Dead” and 2009’s “Survival of the Dead” – he doesn’t consider them part of the same overarching story.

He wrote the treatment for ‘Twilight’ with Paolo Zelati. After his death, Zelati asked Suzanne Romero for permission to continue and brought on screenwriters Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas to help.

Zelati says: “Everything started with my question to him: ‘Where do the zombies go at the end of Land of the Dead?’ It is no secret that Diary and Survival were not the way he envisioned the series ending, and George knew it very well. Twilight of the Dead was his goodbye to the genre he created and wanted to go out with a powerful film.”

Suzanne Romero says: “I gave him my full blessing as long as I could be there every step of the way for it to remain true to George’s vision. We had a solid treatment and the beginning of the script. I can 100% say that George would be incredibly happy to see this continue. He wanted this to be his final stamp on the zombie genre…. while someone else will carry the torch as the director, it is very much a George A. Romero film.”

Source: Heat Vision

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