You have to wonder if George A. Romero had this in mind back in the day.
Regardless, the filmmaker’s iconic 1968 Night of the Living Dead is being reimagined as Night of the Animated Dead by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The animated film will be released later this year–no specific date has yet been announced–on home media and through digital platforms.
The animated adaptation of the movie that started the zombie craze has already lined up an impressive cast of voice actors, including Josh Duhamel as Harry Cooper, Dule Hill as Ben, Katharine Isabelle as Barbara, James Roday Rodriguez as Tom, Katee Sackhoff as Judy, Will Sasso as Sheriff McClelland, Jimmi Simpson as Johnny and Nancy Travis as Helen Cooper.
Jason Axinn–who helmed the 2019 animated horror flick To Your Last Death–is sitting in the director’s chair. The producers include Michael J. Luisi, Ralph E. Portillo, Robert Feldman and Kevin Kasha.
This isn’t the first time the historic zombie film has been brought to animated life. There was 2009’s Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated–which recreated the original movie’s action through animation and artwork from more than 100 artists–and 2015’s Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn–which told the story in a contemporary setting.
The original Night of the Living Dead–written, edited and directed by Romero from a screenplay he wrote with John Russo–follows seven hapless souls who become trapped in a farmhouse in western Pennsylvania that comes under attack by (all together now) zombies. The movie–selected for preservation in the National Film Registry–spawned five official sequels and several remakes.
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