Romero's Night of the Living Dead remade...again
George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead is heading for a remake, in 3D and in a CG animé style. Fans of the original will be waving their hands in the air like they were dead people, however some of us think that perhaps there's some mileage in the remakes.
However wait just a moment, the film has already been remade, and in 3D, so they're even remaking 3D films now? Film's they've already remade?
The story is that Night of the Living Dead is being remade by a new director called Zebediah DeSoto, and the dreaded “re-imagining” phrase is in use again. However there are a couple of immediate twists here, first is that the film is going to be in 3D and secondly that it's going to be made using some new effects hardware and process that will see actors able to act in front of the CGI and not a tennis ball, and result in a 3D animé version of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead.
The film has already been made into a 3D version imaginatively called Night of the Living Dead 3D, and looking like it was using a similar budget to the original, and the announcement of that trailer comes from back in November of 2006.
Now though we'll get CGI zombies in a film that will showcase a new effects hardware system from de Soto and his partner Gus Malliarodaki who together built the effects company New Golden Digital.
According to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision through Cinema Blend, the company develops cutting edge hardware and software for effects systems, and their latest system, called The Beast, is to be featured in the film. It, somehow, allows actors to see and feel the effects of acting against a CGI co-star, instead of the usual tennis ball.
Zebediah DeSoto directed a short film called War Dogs, which was essentially an atypical war film but in space, and that caught the eye of Simon West, the director of Tomb Raider and Con Air, and his production partner, and together they signed the man and prepared him for a deal.
This is it. With the new director being a fan of the original, the requirement for some new CGI, and the production company finding the rights were in the public domain, the decision was made.
Now they'll be delivering the 3D animé version of Night of the Living Dead, simply called Night of the Living Dead: Origins