George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead is getting a reboot. Deadline has reported that Mark Tonderai, director of the mediocre Jennifer Lawrence-starring horror effort House at the End of the Street, will be directing a re-imagining of the zombie classic for Millennium Films.
The new film will be a “modern-day retelling”, set years after most of the Earth’s population was wiped out by a zombie-plague. A group of scientists and survivors join forces to attempt to find a cure, but “instead open Pandora’s box.” Of course they do.
Tonderai has written the script with Lars Jacobson. Christa Campbell (Texas Chainsaw 3D) and Lati Grobman (The Iceman) are attached as producers.
Millennium Films already remade Day of the Dead in 2008, with Steve Miner directing Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon. That remake wasn’t any good, so hopefully they try something a little different this time around.
Zombies are in full swing at the moment. World War Z has a sequel on the horizon and The Walking Dead television series continues to bring in high ratings. This is all well and good, but we’re a little starved for the hard ‘R’ quality zombie films. Bring back the overly violent, gore saturated, big-screen quality projects, instead of straight-to-video efforts.
Millennium and Campbell Grobman Films are targeting a summer 2014 production.