Remaking a classic film–horror or otherwise–is always a tricky proposition. But that hasn’t stopped many filmmakers from trying.
And one of the most prominent targets of these enterprising efforts has been George A. Romero’s 1968 iconic zombie groundbreaker Night of the Living Dead. Well, another studio wants to “resurrect” the undead prototype one more time, according to JoBlo.com.
CineTel Films–the people who brought you the most recent takes on I Spit On Your Grave and Amityville Horror–this week said it plans to start shooting its remake of Dead sometime next year. CineTel then will present the film to potential buyers at the American Film Market.
The remake already has one of its stars. Vivica A. Fox–probably known best for her big-screen roles in Independence Day (1996) and the two Kill Bill movies (2003-2004)–has signed on to play the role made famous by Duane Jones in the original film and by Tony Todd in the remake directed by Tom Savini.
Christopher Ray–who other genre films include Asteroid vs. Earth (2014) and Mega Shark vs. Kolossus (2015)–has been tapped to direct the remake.
The storyline for this remake–eerily similar to Romero’s original scenario–follows “a worldwide event where the dead awaken and roam the Earth as zombies. A small group of human survivors struggles to stay alive and fight off the wandering zombies, who are intent on eating them and turning them into the Walking Dead.”
The six Night of the Living Dead films–including the best-known 1990 remake–grossed $172 million worldwide. The original black-and-white classic–shot on a budget of $114,000–was a huge hit at the box office, pulling in $30 million worldwide.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this most recent remake of Night of the Living Dead.