George Romero’s series – Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead – are pretty much the definitive word on the Zombie genre he actually created.
Many have imitated, none have really beaten it. Even Romero himself struggled to live up to his own Zombie legacy, with Land Of The Dead being an effective, but slightly disappointing follow-up. Romero himself considered Diary Of The Dead and Survival Of The Dead as side stories.
Now his widow, Suzanne Romero, has confirmed that he was quietly working on a finale for his whole series before his passing. She will be taking meetings with directors and a studio in an effort to have his vision of an ending brought to the screen.
Twilight Of The Dead has been developed from George’s work with the help of three screenwriters and Suzanne herself.
The story is set in a decimated world, after the events of Land Of The Dead, in which life has all but disappeared. In this bleak landscape, a final hope for humanity emerges.
Romero originally wrote the treatment for Twilight Of The Dead with Paolo Zelati. After his death, Zelati asked Suzanne Romero for permission. They then brought in screenwriters Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas to help. Zelati says:
“Everything started with my question to him: ‘Where do the zombies go at the end of Land of the Dead?’ It is no secret that Diary and Survival were not the way he envisioned the series ending, and George knew it very well. Twilight of the Dead was his goodbye to the genre he created and wanted to go out with a powerful film.”
Suzanne Romero continues, saying:
“I gave him my full blessing as long as I could be there every step of the way for it to remain true to George’s vision. We had a solid treatment and the beginning of the script. I can 100% say that George would be incredibly happy to see this continue. He wanted this to be his final stamp on the zombie genre…. while someone else will carry the torch as the director, it is very much a George A. Romero film.”
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