George A. Romero, the Godfather of the Modern Zombie, is stepping back into the realm of the living dead with a new film called George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead, a project that he co-wrote with Matt Birman, who would direct the movie should it move forward.
According to IndieWire, George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead will seek financing at to the Frontières market this July at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.
Pitched about ten years ago by Birman, who was a second unit director on Romero's three most recent zombie films—Survival of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Land of the Dead—Road of the Dead "is set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans."Birman cites Road Warrior, Rollerball, and Ben-Hur as influences.
Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell are also on board as producers for Road of the Dead, and it's not yet known if the film would be considered canon within Romero's zombie universe. Time will tell if the movie will secure enough financing to come to fruition. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for updates on this project, and in the meantime, what are your thoughts on Romero helping to bring a new zombie story to life?