Over fifty years after George Romero's Night of the Living Dead defined the zombie film, an unproduced sequel by that film's original writers and producers has entered production and is slated to arrive in theaters in 2019.
According to Blooding Disgusting, Living Dead Media is plotting the return of the franchise in the form of an official sequel to Romero's original film. "Night of the Living Dead first brought zombies to the silver screen in 1968. The world was unprepared for the film’s flesh starved ghouls, which resulted in a groundbreaking and commercial success," Living Dead Media told the site.
"That history and Night of the Living Dead’s place on the Mt. Rushmore of horror films is known by most horror fans and people all over the world," Living Dead Media continued. "But, unknown to most is that in the 1970’s, the original writers and producers of Night of the Living Dead penned a sequel to their masterpiece. A sequel that inexplicably has gone unproduced for over forty years – until now. Living Dead Media has brushed away the dirt from this amazing follow up to a classic and brought together a great team to produce the new film.”
Night of the Living Dead premiered on October 1, 1968. Although it was originally criticized for its excessive gore and violence, it grossed over $30 million at the box office and is often regarded as a cult classic that revolutionized the horror genre. The movie inspired five subsequent films, two remakes and uncountable imitators. In 1999, Night of the Living Dead was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, as a film deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The landmark horror film that many attribute for creating the zombie genre was recently remastered and was re-released in movie theaters last week.
The details are minimal at this time but we know the plan is to release Night of the Living Dead Part II in 2019.