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Brad Anderson will direct Twilight of the Dead, the seventh and final movie of George A. Romero's Living Dead franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson will helm the film, which multi-platform production company Roundtable Entertainment will produce and finance. "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, keen social relevance, and even the means by which it was made were all hugely inspirational to me," Anderson said. "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."
Roundtable Entertainment had recently announced its partnership with the Romero estate to bring the latest installment of the Living Dead franchise to the big screen. Romero and Paolo Zelati wrote the treatment for Twilight of the Dead, with the screenplay penned by Zelati, Joe Knetter, and Robert Lucas. Shooting for the film is expected to start later this year.
Anderson has directed horror movies such as Session 9 and Vanishing on 7th Street. The filmmaker also has The Machinist, TransSiberian, and The Call among his credits. Notably, Anderson produced and directed several episodes of the fan-favorite series Fringe.
Another Zombie Movie Franchise is Gearing Up For Its Sixth Installment
Return of the Living Dead is getting a new installment as well. The movie will be a soft reboot that will expand on the existing world of the original films. "Our reboot of Return of the Living Dead will expand the existing world created by the original five films while staying true to the R-rated, sci-fi, horror, dark comedy roots adored by fans of the cult classic around the world for the last 35 years. We are excited to resurrect this storied franchise for current fans and new generations of zombie fans," a statement from Living Dead Media read. Steve Wolsh (Muck, Kill Her Goats) will direct the new installment.
The original 1985's Return of the Living Dead, directed by Dan O'Bannon, served as a spoof of movies such as Romero's Night of the Living Dead. The film met with critical acclaim and is considered one of the greatest Zombie movies of all time by fans.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter