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Director Tapped For George Romero’s Twilight of the Dead

September 8, 2023 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Dawn of the Dead Zombie Twilight of the Dead Image Credit: United Film Distribution Company

George A. Romero’s final zombie film treatment Twilight of the Dead is moving ahead, with a director tapped for the movie. THR reports that Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist has signed on to direct the film, which will be the final Dead franchise movie from Romero. The late horror maestro wrote the treatment for the seventh film in the franchise before he passed in 2017, which is being billed as the “final installment” in his iconic zombie horror series.

Romero wrote the tratment with Paolo Zelati, and Joe Knetter, Robert Lucas, and Zelati wrote the final script. Filming is expected to begin later this year on the movie, which is the first in the series since 2009’s Survival Of the Dead. The Romero estate teamed with Roundtable Entertainment to bring the film to life, with Roundtable financing the film.

“George Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead may have been the first real horror movie I ever saw and its shock value, its keen social relevance, and even the means by which it was made were all hugely inspirational to me,” said Anderson. “This too is a zombie movie in which limbs fly and heads roll, but one that is also about social transformation, one that asks the question: What is it to be human? It is also a horror movie with ‘heart’ and, dare I say, hope.”

The film is et on a tropical island and will “delve into the dark nature of humanity from the perspective of the last humans on earth who are caught between factions of the undead.” The producers referred to it as “thought-provoking sociopolitical commentary wrapped in a genre piece.”