That George A. Romero sure loves bringing dead things back to life. The man responsible for zombies as we know them, creating the horror sub-genre back in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, has acquired the rights to a book called The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse, according to The Zombie Research Society.
Author Steven Schlozman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, created a book that documents Dr. Stanley Blum’s medical research of the undead after the zombie apocalypse. Here’s a more in-depth description from the book’s website:
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!
While it hasn’t been directly stated that Romero will direct the film, it would obviously be in his wheelhouse, as he’s been covering the idea of the walking dead from all kinds of angles, even getting into some of the research aspects with 1985’s Day of the Dead. A quote on The Zombie Autopsies website indicates Romero gave the book a glowing review:
I’ve written and made films about zombies for over forty years. In all that time, I’ve never been able to convince my audience that zombies actually exist. On page one of The Zombie Autopsies, Steven Schlozman takes away any doubt. This fast-moving, entertaining work will have you chuckling…and worrying.”
Reaction to Romero’s last three zombie films — Land, Diary and Survival of the Dead— has been lukewarm, but perhaps collaborating with Schlozman will be the shot of new blood the 71-year-old master has been in need of.
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