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George Romero is Making a Zombie Racing Film

May 21, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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George A. Romero isn’t about to let that Fast and the Furious and Mad Max money pass him by, so he’s giving it a spin within the subgenre he helped popularize. Indiewire reports that the director, who made the zombie movie famous with Night of the Living Dead and its follow-ups, has co-written a zombie racing film that will be part of the Fantasia International Film Festival’s annual film co-production market Frontières.

According to the site, the film is called George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead and centers on an an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans, an undead Death Race of sorts. Romero co-wrote the film with Matt Birman, who has worked as a stunt coordinator for years and served as second unit director on Survival of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Land of the Dead. Birman will direct the film as well, having originally come up with the pitch about ten years ago.

The site says Birman describes the film as “Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a NASCAR race, with significant inspiration from Ben-Hur.” It would be the first Romero-associated zombie film since Survival in 2009, which was the last film Romero has directed to date.