Romero to film Land of the Dead before Diamond Dead
11th Jul 04
We're guessing it's becuase of the success of the recent Dawn of the Dead remake, but George Romero suddenly seems to be one of the busiest directors on the planet.
And now it seems (oh, Glorious news!) that the fourth part to his 'Dead' series (currently titled Land of the Dead after previously being known as Dead Reckoning) is about to go ahead, although possibly at the expense of his Diamond Dead project.
Don Kaye posted an article on Fangoria (click here to read) revealing that, although both films now have independent financing, it looks like Land of the Dead is to be the first behind the cameras due to it having a "big-name producer behind it".
(We wonder if that means Ridley Scott?)
This means that Diamond Dead is effectively on hold until, although Romero has stated that he'd love to begin work on it straight after Land of the Dead, possibly sometime in the spring of next year, and is hopeful that "the money people will wait for me, instead of trying to find someone else to do it".
Another film, an adaptation of Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is also waiting in the wings and could roll as early as mid-2005. Romero will also be executive-producing on the upcoming Paramount remake of his 1973 film The Crazies.
Andrew Gaty, producer of Diamond Dead, has this to say;
"The past few weeks were hectic and confusing. For the moment it appears that George will be shooting “Dead Reckoning” in October and Diamond Dead right after. There are all sorts of complications on our financing as to get the UK funding, we would have to have an answer print by April 5. We are looking into trying to get into the next tax year, but this will take a bit of time.
In the meantime, Zach at Scott Free has really cranked up the casting process. The current plan is to cast it in a way to be able to set it up at a studio, which would solve all the problems. The script has gone out to a number of people and we are anxiously waiting for the responses. William Morris is also helping.
We have been approached by the Landless Theater Company in Washington, who wants to stage Diamond Dead as a live play starting in October. Richard, Brian, Scott Free and I think that this is a cool idea, and have agreed. More on this as it unfolds.
George did an interview with Fangoria, which is posted under the press section."