The horror world mourned when George A. Romero, the Godfather of the Zombie genre, passed away earlier this year. Romero was the mastermind behind Night of the Living Dead and its sequels. His work inspired a generation of horror filmmakers…including his son. Yes, Cameron Romero is proudly following in his father’s footsteps. The younger Romero is penning “a love letter to my dad” in the form of Origins, aka Rise of the Living Dead!
Read on for the details…
Cameron’s journey to honor his father started back in 2014 with the launch of an Indiegogo campaign for Origins. It was billed as “the next generation Romero Zombie film.”
Origins takes place in the Turmoil of the 1960’s just shortly before Night of the Living Dead, and explains how The ‘Original’ Romero Zombie was created.
In 1962, Dr. Ryan Cartwright was on the scientific and altruistic path to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of M.A.D (Mutual Assured Destruction), a huge topic brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Little did he know that over the course of the next several years of his life, he would take a well-funded and military focused journey to the darkest corners of the world…as he creates the ultimate weapon for the government and a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days.
The crowdfunding campaign was a success, raising over $30,000 to complete the film. Romero has since enlisted Robert Kurtzman (The Walking Dead) to do Makeup FX. He’s also engaging Shane Hurlbut (Terminator Salvation) to shoot the project.
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Many of you know that I have been working to tell a story for many years… My dad read the script and called it “genius” (I’m not saying that from pride, it’s an actual quote and I have the email to prove it! ) Many have approached me about making this film and I’ve said no to many because even though I’m not a “precious” artist, this one is special… this one is mine… this one… is my love letter to my dad… to his work… to the fact that he was once called the most dangerous filmmaker alive… to the fact that society in 1968 wanted to shut him up as much as they wanted to celebrate him…
This one is the prelude to “Night,” the film that created the pop culture phenomenon that has inspired thousands of filmmakers from backyard auteurs to $180M features to the single longest running and most successful show in the history of television…
Those of you who have known about it for a long time and even helped support an Indiegogo campaign a few years back to help me develop it to this point, know this project by its code name:
It is with absolute great joy that I would like to present to you all very late this Halloween night, the announcement for this project’s official title…
Here it is!
Very cool! I’m looking forward to seeing what Cameron Romero comes up with. It sounds like his late father was very much on board with the project. That’s a good sign! Having guys like Kurtzman and Hurlbut on board is also very encouraging. I wonder if it will be in black and white?
Are you ready for Rise of the Living Dead? Tell us in the comments!