“Zombie movies are really popular right now, and we feel we could do this right,” said Campbell, who most recently produced the refreshingly acceptable “Texas Chainsaw 3D”.
Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who produced “Texas Chainsaw 3D”, which grossed $34.3 million early this year, said they acquired the rights from James and Robert Dudelson, whose Taurus Entertainment produced an earlier “Day of the Dead” remake in 2008 with Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon. I was not a fan of the 2008 remake, it took Romero’s undead ideals and twisted them into something of a highbred super zombie that can sprint at warp speed and leap from building tops, and even after hitting the ground from a four story drop, could get back up and run you down.
“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.”
So, at the very least it sounds like we’re going to be getting back to real zombie action without all of the insane superpowers that zombies have seemed to evolve over the years. Also, with the work that was done with “Texas Chainsaw 3D”, I think that this team can pull off a successful remake of a Romero classic.
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, which was a follow-up to the filmmaker’s seminal horror films “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968 and “Dawn of the Dead” in 1978.
I’ll be watching this one closely, and I guess we’ll all hope for the best, I don’t think Romero faithful can handle another disgraceful rendition of his revolutionary work.