It seems the lackluster response to George A Romero’s Land of the Dead is not reason enough for the writer/director to hang up his love for undead zombies just yet as The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Romero has signed on to write and direct George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead.
The film is said to be mixing elements of The Blair Witch Project and the long-running Dead series. Diary will follow a group of college students shooting a horror movie in the woods who stumble upon a real zombie uprising. When the onslaught begins, they seize the moment as any good film students would, capturing the undead in a “cinema verite” style that causes more than the usual production headaches.
Universal Pictures released Land of the Dead last year and it managed a meager $20 million at the box-office. Well, it seems Romero isn’t going the direction of the studio this time around as he told THR, “I was trying to convince Peter we could just run off and do it ourselves.”
Voltage Pictures has picked up worldwide sales rights to the pic, with production set to begin October 11 in Toronto.