Horror icon to write, direct new zombie pic

George A. Romero will write and direct “George Romero’s Diary of the Dead,” which his shingle Romero-Grunwald Prods. will produce with Artfire Films.

Storyline revolves around a group of film students who encounter real zombies when making a horror pic in the woods.

Voltage Pictures has picked up worldwide sales rights to the pic, which Artfire is fully financing. Production is slated to begin Oct. 11 in Toronto.

Producers are Romero, Peter Grunwald, Sam Englebardt and Artfire prexy-CEO Artur Spigel. Dan Fireman and John Harrison are exec producing, while Ara Katz will co-produce.

Romero also is set to write and direct the thriller “Solitary Isle” for Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment. He most recently wrote and directed “Land of the Dead.”

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