George A. Romero created the modern zombie genre with a trio of classic undead films - "Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead."
Now, his son wants to keep that legacy alive.
Cameron Romero is turning to Indiegogo.com to help fund “Origins,” a ’60s-based story telling us why the dead started walking the earth in the first place.
Here’s the young director explaining what he has planned for the franchise.
I want to take back the Zombie Genre in the name of the Legacy that my father created almost 50 years ago. I want to tell the Origin story of the modern zombie, in a way that my father wasn’t able to do so back in 1968.
“Origins” might continue the socially conscious storytelling that marked the franchise given the description included on Indiegogo.com.
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In 1962, Dr. Ryan Cartwright was on the scientific and altruistic path to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of M.A.D (Mutual Assured Destruction), a huge topic brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Little did he know that over the course of the next several years of his life, he would take a well-funded and military focused journey to the darkest corners of the world… as he creates the ultimate weapon for the government and a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days.
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The project boasts strong name recognition, a creature currently in vogue and a prequel premise that worked for “Bates Motel,” NBC’s “Hannibal” and Fox’s “Gotham.” So why would the young Romero go the crowdfunding route?
Even the elder Romero is having trouble funding his next zombie film these days. This reporter spoke with Romero a few years ago, and he mentioned he had a zombie script lined up but couldn’t get the proper funding.
So it makes sense that his son would turn to a 21st century fundraising technique to add a new chapter to his father’s legacy.
DID YOU KNOW: The working title for “Night of the Living Dead” was “Monster Flick” during production.