The producers who brought Texas Chainsaw 3D to the big screen are reportedly hard at work on a Day of the Dead remake.
Although there are probably more zombie movies than there are zombie movie fans, this isn’t stopping cash-hungry filmmakers from dropping their own effort into the saturated market. Brad Pitt’s World War Z proves that some people haven’t grown tired of the subgenre just yet.
IGN reports that producers Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell are presently searching for screenwriters to tackle the Day of the Dead remake. The original 1985 film was directed by filmmaker George A. Romero, the man who pretty much gave birth to the modern-day zombie flick.
“We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible to make sure that his fans are happy. These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in ‘World War Z,'” Campbell told the Los Angeles Times.
Producers are aiming for a budget of around $20 million for the Day of the Dead remake. If everything goes according to their master plan, then the horror flick should arrive in theaters at some point next year.
Depending on your opinion of director John Luessenhop’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, the remake of Romero’s classic zombie film could be a cause for serious concern. The reboot of Tobe Hooper’s 70s classic wasn’t very well received, though this didn’t stop the $10 flick from earning around $34 million from moviegoers looking for a decent scare.
Since horror fans are a loyal bunch, Grobman and Campbell’s reboot probably made even more money when it arrived on home video. The duo is hoping to replicate this success with their next project.
Of course, this isn’t the first time someone has attempted to make some money off of George Romero’s iconic horror movie. Director Steve Miner released a very odd version of Day of the Dead back in 2008. The misguided flick starred Ving Rhames, Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, and — surprise, surprise — Texas Chainsaw 3D producer Christa Campbell.
What do you think about the proposed Day of the Dead remake?