Red Alert: Road of the Dead
Article by Aaron Haughton
To be fair, Romero was never dead, nor will he ever really die, but he has risen once again into the limelight to spin another tale of the walking undead. It's been since 2009s Survival of the Dead since we've gotten another one his zombie iterations, so we're long since overdue. This time around though, it seems a bit more like a Roger Corman picture, than a Romero. The project is titled Road of the Dead, which will probably make it's release next year (¯\_(ツ)_/¯).
Road of the Dead will take place six years after Land of the Dead and is set on a secluded island where captured zombies race cars in a Roman-style coliseum to entertain the wealthy human inhabitants. It's being described as Road Warrior meets Nascar Rollerball, with notes of Ben-Hur. It's not mentioned, but Death Race 2000 instantly springs to mind. However, Corman influences or not, the whole of that description is very enticing.
The only bit of unfortunate news is that Romero will not be manning the ship as director. No, he's handed the task over to Matt Birman, who was second unit director on the last three Romero-directed films. Birman also has a longstanding background as a stunt coordinator, so it'll be interesting what he'll be able to bring to the table in that regard. He and Romero co-wrote the script together, and according to a Bloody Disgusting article, the film is currently seeking financing.
You take a glimpse at the first poster image below:
What do you think? Are you excited? Are you bummed Romero stepped down from the helm of director? Are you over the zombie fad? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!