Why George Romero Isn’t Making Movies or the Walking Dead

george a romeroGeorge A. Romero is the father of the zombie film, and an unquestioned genius of the genre. His last two movies fell a little flat, but are still better than 90% of the horror garbage out there today. But he’s not working on anything right now, and he’s got a fairly decent reason for it.

In an interview with Big Issue recently, he was asked about the subject, and had this to say:

Once they bleed out of pop culture I’ll be able to go back and do them again. I don’t want to touch them now. Gosh, they are all over the place. The Walking Dead is the number one television series in the States, World War Z, games, commercials… Ugh! It’s too much!

He was asked to direct a few episodes of The Walking Dead, but explains in the interview why he refused:

They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it. Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.

So because pop culture is over saturated with zombies at the moment, he will go back to work on zombie movies when the fervor has calmed down. For now, he doesn’t want to be just another face in the crowd, which I can respect.

If you’ve got a Romero jones though – which I basically always do – he’s writing a 5 part comic book miniseries for Marvel called Empire of the Dead. I’ll definitely be picking up each issue as they start coming out in January.


Posted on August 16, 2014, in Films, TV and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think the old man is in denial that the filmmaking has surpassed him.


    • I can’t agree! I would say that his main problem lately is trying to act like he should get in on the new style. Diary of the Dead for example was not that great, and the reason in my opinion is that it was trying to be one of those handheld horror movies that have become so common since Blair Witch somehow gave Hollywood the idea that what people want out of their horror films is motion sickness. Land of the Dead was a lot better; it was a Romero zombie film, dripping with social commentary, and suitably creepy. Land didn’t get a lot of critical praise, but few true Romero lovers will tell you it wasn’t better than Diary and Survival.

      In all fairness though, Romero was just the progenitor, never the absolute BEST out there. So it does make since that right now he wouldn’t want to just be another face in the crowd. Zombie culture is very crowded right now. It would make him look bad to put out a movie right now and have it get lost in the current cocophany (like Survival did). He likes to say something in his movies, so he wants to wait until the room is quiet enough that people can hear what he’s saying.


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