Back in 2011, we reported that George A. Romero had optioned the film rights to Steven C. Schlozman's The Zombie Autopsies. There hasn't been too much news on the project lately, but I was recently told that the script has been completed.

I had the opportunity to meet up with George A. Romero this past weekend in Chicago and we talked about a number of topics, including his upcoming projects. When asked about The Zombie Autopsies, he revealed that the script is finished, approved by Steven C. Schlozman, and is being sent around to studios:

"Actually, the day before I left to come here, I finished the script and talked to Schloz about it. He approved it, so we sent it to my agents and they sent it around. You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s out in circulation and I hope it works out."

Later on during our talk, he mentioned that it's becoming more difficult to get funding for his "Dead" projects due to interest in other zombie projects and fast-moving zombies:

"I hope [The Zombie Autopsies is my next project]. I never know what’s going to be next, because the one that’s going to be next is the one that finds the money first... I used to be the only guy in this playground, but now there's too damn many. It's very hard now, particularly with World War Z [the movie]."

Check back tomorrow for details on another "Dead" project George A. Romero is working on and we'll have our full interview published later this week. The Zombie Autopsies was released in early 2011 and is available online and in various bookstores:

"As the walking dead rises up throughout the world, a few brave doctors attempt to find a cure by applying forensic techniques to captured zombies. Based on the research of renowned zombie expert Dr. Stanley Blum, performed at a remote island where a crack medical team has been sent to explore a radical theory that may lead to a cure for the epidemic, THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES documents for the first time the unique biology of zombie organisms. Twenty-five detailed drawings of the internal organs of actual zombies provide an accurate anatomy of these horrifying creatures, including zombie brains, hearts, lungs, skin, and the digestive system, while Dr. Blum’s notes reveal shocking insights into how they function, even as Blum and his staff themselves begin to succumb to the plague. No one knows the ultimate fate of Dr. Blum or his researchers, but now that his notebook, THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES, has been made available to the UN, the World Health Organization, and the general public, his scientific discoveries may provide the last hope for humans on earth!

About the author: Dr. Steven Schlozman of Harvard Medical School is an assistant professor of psychiatry and avid observer of the living dead."

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