George Romero turned down The Walking Dead for the Zombie Autopsies

2 Dec
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Why George Romero rejected The Walking Dead to make The Zombie Autopsies.

Well, to be honest, I don’t know why Romero keeps turning down opportunities to work on some big and successful projects instead of the last few car crash efforts he’s done in the last few years!

OK, Diary of the dead wasn’t too bad in parts, but Land of the dead could have been better and lets not get started on Survival of the dead, which was shit. (remember the zombie on the  horse….shit!)

I mean he’s been offered the Resident evil movies (which aren’t great, but average) and now it seems that he had chance to direct some of the Walking Dead too!

If you read this interview, he seems a bit precious about his style of zomers, which is strange as he kind of invented the entire zombie genre. Especially as with the walking dead “walkers” are pretty much as classic Romero style zombies as you can get.

He at least may have a potential decent new project in the works with “The Zombie Autopsies”, based on a book about scientists on an island, dissecting the undead while the apocolypse rages on. The plot links back to his love of using zombies to comment on issues in our western society, with the main themes in this being the global economy.

How the fuck he can’t just make a zombie film about zombies and not try and do some deep social analysis about humanity is anyone’s guess! I think it’s strange that for years he tried to shun the genre he created, only to find no real critical acclaim for anything else he did. Now all he does is zombie movies (mostly second rate ones) so you can imagine if he would have continued to keep doing them years ago, he might have produced a few good ones rather than leave it for others to make a better go of it.

The guy is still “the man” though.

He messed up my childhood development with those freaky fucking zombies…..


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4 Responses to “George Romero turned down The Walking Dead for the Zombie Autopsies”

  1. Brummie December 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    I’m not sure that he would make these series/titles any better. Season 3 of The Walking Dead has been great so far.


    • grimace73 December 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      I have to agree, this season kicks serious ass so far! I’m not saying that it would have improved the show with him being involved, I just thought it would have been a bit of a boost to his career, as his films have been a bit flat these few years! The show is mainly people driven and there’s plenty good issues that he could have got his teeth into. The walkers are just a more realistic portrayal of his version of undead, pretty much the same (being proper undead) So, how he claims his original idea for his “ghouls” (he never mentioned the word zombie) is almost identical to how they are in TWD being described/nicknamed as “walkers” or “biters”. I think he’s a bit shortsighted when he can’t understand why people credit him as one of the inspirations for the whole zombie phenomena!


  2. AlanMorlock December 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    How the fuck he can’t just make a zombie film about zombies and not try and do some deep social analysis about humanity is anyone’s guess!- You do realize that his former wit in making social analysis through zombies is exactly why his first zombie films were a success right? With the Zombie Autopsies he’s found an already established work that has that hook. He’s had a hard time finding it himself, but the book is giving him a new framework from which to build a potentially solid movie. Good things could come of this.


    • grimace73 December 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

      I do hope so, he’s been slacking a bit recently. I really hope that the Zombie Autopsies does good for repairing the damage he did for the last movie. It sounds like a bit of cross between day of the dead and the PS3 game “dead island” and I look forward to it (more than the adaption of World War Z….)


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