Back in 2014 the late George Romero's son, Cameron Romero, launched a crowdfunding campaign to develop a Night of the Living Dead prequel project that he simply called Origins at the time. Well, Cameron is finally moving forward with the film project and he made the big announcement on his Facebook page, where he revealed the teaser poster above and the real title of the film, Rise of the Living Dead.
"Many of you know that I have been working to tell a story for many years... My dad read the script and called it "genius" (I'm not saying that from pride, it's an actual quote and I have the email to prove it! :)) Many have approached me about making this film and I've said no to many because even though I'm not a "precious" artist, this one is special... this one is mine... this one... is my love letter to my dad... to his work... to the fact that he was once called the most dangerous filmmaker alive... to the fact that society in 1968 wanted to shut him up as much as they wanted to celebrate him..."
I love that the guy is so passionate about it! He also mentions that this will not be a prequel film. He makes a point of explaining that it will be a "prelude" film.
"This one is the prelude to "Night," the film that created the pop culture phenomenon that has inspired thousands of filmmakers from backyard auteurs to $180M features to the single longest running and most successful show in the history of television..."
He previously talked about there being a fine line between prequel and prelude, but he says there's a big difference. Just in case you want to compare definitions, a prelude is "an action or event serving as an introduction to something more important." And a prequel is "a story or movie containing events that precede those of an existing work."
It will definitely be interesting to see what Cameron Romero has planned for this film. I'm actually pretty excited to see how it comes together and to see what the story will entail.
He goes on to mention that "Robert Kurtzman has expressed his excitement to deliver something y'all ain't never seen before with this one."
Hopefully, Cameron delivers a film that zombie fans will love!
In addition to this prelude film, we have one more zombie film from George Romero coming called Road of the Dead, which George was developing shortly before he passed away earlier this summer.