Romero drops zombies for virtual reality
George A. Romero seems to be pulling away from zombies for his next film, something that perhaps his hardened zombie fans (is there a joke in there?) would be rather annoyed at. Not only is he not doing zombies, but he's looking at something that's rather far removed from his staple diet, a world of virtual reality.
Of course he has some other projects up his sleeve that aren't about zombies, one Japanese horror and a rumour that he might be directing a remake of Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes) (Filmstalker review).
The story about the rumour of George A. Romero directing Timecrimes is a bit more than that, but not confirmed. Romero said that he was attached and then the production company behind the film said that he wasn't. Who to believe?
Also we heard some time back that Romero was directing a film from the pen of Koji Suzuki who is responsible for writing some superb works including Ringu (The Ring) and Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Dark Water). The story was called Solitary Isle and told of a group of explorers on a deserted island facing a strange and unknown force – Not quite Lost then?
For now though, he has been talking about a script he's just written that looks to something new, virtual reality, and while talking about it at a Q&A session he talked about it. Here's the comments about his words from /Film through Quiet Earth.
"Romero revealed that he’s working on a script about virtual reality. He’s basing it upon advances in the tech that he’s heard about and is concerned by. Expect this to be more like eXistenZ than Virtuality or Hackers. Romero talked about people changing their appearance in virtual worlds, as well as recreation of the cross-sensational stimuli in drinking a cold drink, for example."
There's certainly plenty to explore within virtual reality, and the idea of people being someone else is a good one to explore, but is this going to be more based in the real world with strange illusions and biotechnology or more in the computer world and the effect that has on real people and relationships in and out of the online world?
Who knows, right now that's pretty much all we have, but I'm glad he's branching out from decomposing, shuffling zombies.