MovieHole.net recently sat down with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero to talk about his upcoming projects, including Land of the Dead 2, some Stephen King tales, and Diamond Dead.
George A. Romero on Land of the Dead 2
On Land of the Dead 2:
Romero says he’s got quite a few more projects on the boil in the meantime, including a sequel to "Land of the Dead". This time, says Romero, they might even bring the undead to Australia. “Simon Baker says that’s where we should shoot it”, he says, adding “But yeah, there’s some rumbling about doing a sequel. Most of my zombie movies have been ten years apart, at least, in this case it was twenty, I’ve never had to do one right behind the other. If that happens I think I will probably just continue the same story – follow the truck, in which case, those characters (including Baker) would be back”. Romero isn’t fazed Baker has now relocated back to his native Australia either. “You tell him we need him on the truck”, he laughs. Contrary to recent rumours on the Internet, Romero says the sequel definitely won’t be going straight to video. “People have been asking me about that, I don’t know where that came from”, says Romero. “My partner and I are trying to promote a direct to video series of zombie films, but it has nothing to do with Land of the Dead. I don’t think Universal would want to go the direct to video route for Land of the Dead 2. It’d be theatrical”.
On the recent announement of Stephen King tales Romero is about to tell:
In addition, he’s also bringing a couple of Stephen King yarns to the big screen, as well as something original. “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and a novel called From a Buick 8. I’ve also got an original I’m out there trying to promote but we’ll see. There’s no ink on paper yet. It depends on who writes the first cheque”.
On "Diamond Dead":
“I would love to do Diamond Dead. It’s from an Australian Producer, a guy named Andrew Gaty. It’s my favourite, but nobody seems to get it. I love the project. It’s one of those things that everybody says ‘What’s this?’ It’s very hard to explain. It’s sort of like Phantom of the Paradise; it’s a rock and roll spoof about a dead rock band. Everybody that reads it says ‘I don’t quite get it’. I would give my teeth…I would love to do it. I would love to do it while I can still move my bones a little”.
On a film with Simon Pegg / Edgar Wright":
Romero says he adores the guys and that they’ve become “good buddies” and hopes he gets to work with them again, before their careers explode even more. “Simon is in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 3, so I think he’s about to break out. But we’re talking about a project, nothing’s gelled yet, but he and Edgar are talking about a project they’re passionate about – and we’ll see, I’d love to work with them. We’re sort of idly chatting about something we can do together”.
for the entire interview.