George Romero left behind several unused scripts when he died
When George Romero passed away last year, he left behind a legacy of horror unmatched by anyone in the horror movie business. Now, it seems that his legacy can live on even longer. Talking to ComicBook.com, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Romero’s widow, said that the late, prolific writer has anywhere between 40 and 50 unpublished screenplays.
With this abundance of untold stories from one of the architects of modern horror, Desrocher-Romero said that “George was a prolific writer. He loved to write, and we have 40, 50 scripts that he’s written, and a lot of it is very good. He had a lot to say, and he still does, because I’m gonna make sure that he does. It’s my mission.”
Still, not everything the late auteur left behind were horror movie scripts, it turns out. There’s his unfinished novel Road of the Dead, which is still reportedly in development, as well as a film he shot in 1973. “We’re gonna restore it, and we’re gonna show it to Romero cinephiles,” said Desrocher-Romero. “It’s a scary movie, but it’s not a horror movie, and it’s about ageism. Anyway, he has a cameo in it, and it’ll be fun. And we’ll show the movie, or get it distributed. It’ll be a project that the foundation’s gonna do. I think it’s the first project we’re gonna do actually.”
It was Romero’s first feature-length film, Night of the Living Dead, that put him on the map in 1968. By infusing genre horror with social issues that were relevant tot he time, he helped legitimize horror as a true storytelling medium, and a reflection of society at large. It was a trend he continued throughout his career, which set him apart from many of his contemporaries.
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