If there’s one thing the film industry likes more than a sequel, it’s a remake. And, in the case of George Romero’s works, one remake usually isn’t enough.
Romero, of course, established the zombie film genre as we know it with “Night of the Living Dead,” which recently made it on to Entertainment Weekly’s list of 100 best films of all time. That movie was remade twice (once in 1990 and again in 2006 as a 3-D film).
Romero’s 1978 sequel, “Dawn of the Dead” was re-envisioned in 2004 by Zack Snyder. While the remake traded Romero’s slow zombies for the faster variety popularized by Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later,” it was generally considered to be a success.
The same cannot be said for the 2008 remake of Romero’s 1985 film “Day of the Dead.” The remake starred Mena Suvari, Ving Rhames and Nick Cannon, giving it some name recognition, but it was not well received by critics (It has a freshness rating of just 14 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes website.) The 2008 version was directed by Steve Miner and written by Jeffrey Reddick, the latter of whom has been quoted as saying “We wanted to pay homage to the original with the military and the scientists and the socially relevant stuff that George Romero always does, but we wanted to put a fresh spin on it.”
It now appears that Day of the Dead will have a fresh, fresh spin put on it. Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell have acquired the rights to remake the film. Campbell, who actually appeared in the 2008 version, told the L.A. Times that she and Grobman plan to stay “…as close to the Romero version as possible.”