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George Romero and Eric Red on separate zombie novel adaptations

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Two of our longstanding genre gents—George Romero of groundbreaking work like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD, and Eric Red, who penned NEAR DARK and THE HITCHER—are now behind developing adaptations of undead-centric novels THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES and DEAD OF NIGHT.

Praised author Jonathan Maberry announced via his Facebook that Red is on board to write DEAD OF NIGHT, as well as being attached to direct (he’s previously helmed COHEN & TATE, BAD MOON and 100 FEET). The novel sees “a prison doctor inject a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave.  But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects.  Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up.  Hungry.  Infected.  Contagious.  This is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang…but a bite.”

Meanwhile, Romero who’s continued his zombie saga in the 21st century with LAND OF THE DEAD, DIARY OF THE DEAD and SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, revealed to Daily Dead that he’s finally finished the script for the long-gestating take on ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES. That book, by Steven Schlozman chronicles a medical team on an island conducting radical experiments to cure a zombie plague that’s ravaging the world.

“Actually, the day before I left to come here, I finished the script and talked to Schloz about it. He approved it, so we sent it to my agents and they sent it around. You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s out in circulation and I hope it works out,” says the iconic filmmaker.

Romero, who has previously noted difficulty in getting non-zombie projects off the ground, now seems to anticipate difficulty in his well established territory, as well however. Speaking to the massive surge in popularity the undead are seeing, Romero says, ““I hope [The Zombie Autopsies is my next project]. I never know what’s going to be next, because the one that’s going to be next is the one that finds the money first. I used to be the only guy in this playground, but now there’s too damn many. It’s very hard now, particularly with World War Z [the movie].”

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