Originally announced back in October, you may recall, George A. Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead looks to be coming back to life with a brand new movie project shambling our way from director Nikyatu Jusu (Nanny). This week, MGM has come on board the project.
Deadline reports today that Amazon’s MGM is in “final negotiations to acquire worldwide rights” to the upcoming movie, and their plan is to release the zombie film in theaters.
Deadline’s report indicates that “Village Roadshow Pictures has partnered with Chris Romero and the late George A. Romero’s Sanibel Films, Origin Story, Vertigo and Westbrook Studios on what all hope will create a new franchise from Night of the Living Dead.”
Deadline also notes, “They are keeping the logline under wraps, but clearly hungry corpses will be on the menu.” It sounds like the movie is set in the world of the original classic.
“The original version of Night of the Living Dead is still so resonant to this day,” said Jusu. “Every era has the zombie that it needs and right now, zombies reflect the ways that humans treat each other and show us who is truly the monster.”
Christine Romero added, “I am so excited by this visionary team of storytellers that have come together to expand on the premise of the original film. Revisiting the world that George and his collaborators created is going to be a treat for fans. George would have been so happy to see this happen!”
LaToya Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) wrote the script for this new project.
Morgan said, “I’m beyond thrilled to be playing in the sandbox that George Romero built and ecstatic to raise the stakes and push the envelope with this exciting new story.”