It looks like Bub will be trading in his Walkman for an iPod. The team that brought you Texas Chainsaw 3D, which continued Leatherface’s adventures after the 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, are joining forces with Day of the Dead rights holders Taurus Entertainment to remake George R. Romero’s 1985 zombie film. According to Deadline, Millennium Films and producers Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell are looking to work their voodoo magic again.
Day of the Dead, which has a 2005 sequel called Day of the Dead 2: Contagium as well as a 2008 remake. focuses on a group of zombie apocalypse survivors living in an underground military base that’s focused on finding a way to stop the undead scourge.
Everyone involved might be banking on the current popularity of zombies thanks to The Walking Dead and World War Z, but they’re focused on sticking to Romero’s original vision for the film, which translates into “no fast zombies.”
“Contrary to other recent zombie remakes, our Day of the Dead will honor Romero’s original vision by reviving the slow, brooding zombie that terrorized so many of our childhoods,” Grobman said. “The trend of the fast, agile, ‘sprinting’ zombie creates a lot of great jump-out-of-your-seat moments, but it doesn’t compare to the psychological fear and tension that builds when going up against Romero’s original undead army.”
Romero’s first three zombie films — Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead — have all been remade with their own sequels and varying levels of love shown to the originals, so it’s interesting to read what Grobman has to say about mixing old and new. “Our goal is to reset the genre by finding the perfect balance between nostalgia and modernity all while crafting a story that has both heart and brains — literally,” Grobman said.
The producers are looking for the right screenwriter to tackle the project which has a projected $10 million to $20 million budget.