George A. Romero’s ‘Twilight Of The Dead’ Gets New Life

by Thomas Tuna

A zombie “twilight” is finally dawning–George A. Romero’s horror tour de force will get the last chapter the filmmaker had envisioned.

Romero–who began the zombie phenomenon back in 1968 with his Night of the Living Dead–had plans for one last installment in his iconic series: Twilight of the Dead. And this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it was learned that his widow Suzanne is well on her way to resurrecting that dream. A dream that was cut short by Romero’s death in 2017.

Suzanne Romero said she has been developing the film’s screenplay with three other writers now for several years, adding that she plans to meet with potential directors. She even revealed the movie’s logline: “The story is set in a decimated world. Life has all but disappeared. But there still may be hope for humanity.”

Paolo Zelati reportedly had been working with Romero on a treatment for Twilight of the Dead before his death, and he then asked Suzanne Romero for permission to continue working on the script. Zelati also recruited screenwriters Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas to collaborate with him on the screenplay.

Suzanne Romero gave the project the green light “as long as I could be there every step of the way for it to remain true to George’s vision,” she said. “I can say that George would be incredibly happy to see this continue.”

Romero also directed Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005), and this last film was the springboard for Twilight of the Dead. “Everything started with my question to him: ‘Where do the zombies go at the end of Land of the Dead?’,” Zelati said.

Suzanne Romero added that a key to completing this monument to her late husband’s legacy is choosing the right director. “This is the film he wanted to make,” she said. “And while someone else will carry the torch as the director, it is very much a George A. Romero film.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the choice of director and cast for Twilight of the Dead.


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