George Romero and son crowdfund Night of the Living Dead prequel “Origins”
Pretty much anyone who hasn’t been living an extraordinarily sheltered life for the last few decades has heard of Night of the Living Dead: George Romero‘s progenitor for zombie films as we know them today.
The original film was made in 1968 for a budget of $114,000 and went on to earn $30 million scaring the hell out of audiences everywhere in the process. The film was notable for its social commentary along with its scares, something which would feature in some of the five Living Dead films which followed it.
The film also lead to numerous imitators and without Romero’s film chances are Robert Kirkman would never have written The Walking Dead, with the writer stating “I wanted a zombie movie that never ends” way back in 2005.
Now Romero’s son G. Cameron Romero an indie director in his own right after working on the story over the years is wanting to tell the origin of that story, what happens before that infamous moment where a shambling stranger stumbles through a graveyard and attacks Judith O’Dea‘s Barbra , and is looking to partially fund it via crowdfunding with the director stating;
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. I feel this is something that I HAVE to do. Not only to reclaim the genre in the name of my family and not only to tell the story that my dad couldn’t tell in the 60s… but also because I… like all of you… was raised on my dad’s creation….
The story set in 1962 will revolve around scientist Dr. Ryan Cartwright 1962, a man searching to find a way for humanity to survive in the event of M.A.D (Mutual Assured Destruction), a major prospect brought to light by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The film will be produced by George Romero and Darrin Reed with Reed stating,
The origin story deserves to be told by someone who passionately loves and has a unique insight into the original movie and nobody has that more than George’s own son
Whilst many may be suffering zombie fatigue it’s worth noting that many of those films, games, TV series etc wouldn’t exist without Romero’s landmark film so if any zombie film deserves to be made it’s this one.
Various rewards are offered from mini posters to being featured as a zombie victim killed on screen. One of the more intriguing rewards is being part of the “Brain” trust where backers will be polled on various decisions in the film-making process.
The IndieGoGo campaign is set to end on 15 November 2014, so get your pledges in quickly!
For more details go to helptelltheorigin.com