Mark Tonderai to Helm Day of the Dead Reboot


First announced this past July, Millennium Films is developing a big screen remake of George Romero’s Day of the Dead. Today, Deadline brings word that House at the End of the Street helmer Mark Tonderai will both direct and, with Lars Jacobson, will draft the screenplay.

George Romero followed his genre-defining Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead with Day of the Dead in 1985. Set in an underground military base, the film follows the zombie apocalypse from the point of view of both soldiers, scientists and a zombie test subject named Bub.

The new film arrives from Millennium Films and Taurus Entertainment with Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman producing. Both names previously served as producers on the recent Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Day of the Dead was previously remade in 2008 as a direct-to-home video effort. The producers on the new film are promising that it will attempt to honor Romero’s original and assure that the zombies will be of the slow-moving horde variety.

Production is planned for later this year with a 2014 release being targeted.