Hmm. So what’s ol’ George up to next then? We thought he was going to be directing the Stephen King adaptation Buick 8, but it seems that the zombie-king let slip in a recent interview with Empire that he’s possibly in line to move straight into directing a sequel to Land of the Dead.
”Now that Land did so well in European markets and Japan, and the DVD is flying off shelves, there's talk of a sequel” Romero informed Empire. ”It won't be in April but it might now be August or something. I hope to God we don't have to do the winter again, but there's a real buzz happening now about a sequel."
In a further interview picked up by Fangoria, George let slip that shooting might take place in Australia (”Simon Baker says that’s where we should shoot it”) and that it would ”probably just continue the same story – follow the truck, in which case, those characters would be back”.
George also swept aside rumours that a possible sequel would be made purely for the direct-to-dvd market, revealing that whilst George and his partner are trying to promote a direct-to-video series of zombie films, a Land of the Dead 2 would definitely be made for theatrical release.
Romero also stated his enthusiasm for getting Diamond Dead, the long-mooted rock and roll zombie movie, off the ground. “It’s my favourite, but nobody seems to get it. I love the project. It’s one of those things that everybody says, ‘What’s this?’ It’s very hard to explain. It’s sort of like Phantom of the Paradise; it’s a rock-and-roll spoof about a dead rock band. Everybody who reads it says, ‘I don’t quite get it.’ I would give my teeth…I would love to do it while I can still move my bones a little.”