Lets face Romero fans, Diary and Survival of the Dead was not how fans or the late director intended to leave the Dead franchise. Land of the Dead left the door open for more sequels set in a ravaged world overrun with the undead. But then Romero wanted to give his franchise a 21st century reboot using a found footage treatment. It was less than profound and the sequel that followed it was even more forgettable. A rumored third film that was allegedly called Road of the Dead never made it past the conceptual stages but would have involved fast cars and zombies.
Now Romero’s original grand finale, Twilight of the Dead just might be on the horizon of going into production.
Suzanne Romero, widow of the filmmaker, is opening up about Twilight of the Dead and sharing her plans to take it to the screen. She has been developing the script with three screenwriters for the past few years and is ready to meet with directors on the project, which has this tantalizing logline: “The story is set in a decimated world. Life has all but disappeared. But there still may be hope for humanity.”
George A. Romero wrote a treatment for Twilight of the Dead with Paolo Zelati. After the director’s death, Zelati asked Suzanne Romero for permission to continue with the script. He brought on screenwriters Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas to help.
“I gave him my full blessing as long as I could be there every step of the way for it to remain true to George’s vision,” says Suzanne Romero. “We had a solid treatment and the beginning of the script. I can 100 percent say that George would be incredibly happy to see this continue. He wanted this to be his final stamp on the zombie genre.”
Romero’s 2005 film Land of the Deadintroduced Big Daddy, an intelligent zombie leader, whose fate is left an open question at the end of the film. George A. Romero wanted an answer to what came next.
“Everything started with my question to him: ‘Where do the zombies go at the end of Land of the Dead?'” says Zelati.
The prospect of a proper conclusion to the franchise Romero built is very enticing and any horror Director would be nuts to not jump at the chance to make sure Romero’s vision not only see’s the light of day but also gives the franchise a sense of finality.