‘Night of the Living Dead’ Origins Movie in the Works with Crowdfunding Campaign (EXCLUSIVE)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

G. Cameron Romero, son of George A. Romero, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the genesis story of his father’s iconic “Night of the Living Dead.”

The son, who will direct, launched the 30-day campaign Wednesday night through Indiegogo with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs at helptelltheorigin.com.

“I feel carrying on my dad’s legacy is something that I not only want to do, but it’s something I HAVE to do because I, like all my dad’s fans, was raised on his creation,” the younger Romero said.

“Origins” is produced under the Romero Pictures banner. Producers include the elder Romero and Darrin Reed (“Lila and Eve”).

“The origin story deserves to be told by someone who passionately loves and has a unique insight into the original movie and nobody has that more than George’s own son,” Reed said.

“Night of the Living Dead” was released in 1968 and starred Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea and Karl Hardman. The film, which follows seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse attacked by zombies, was shot in black and white for $114,000 and grossed $30 millon worldwide, spawning five more “Living Dead” films.

It was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The crowdfunding campaign perks include being part of a “brain trust” to help answer questions during pre-production, signed body parts, set visits and being in the film as a zombie who gets killed on camera.

The fundraising campaign is supported by Cold Steel, the Zombie Apocalypse Store and Dogfish Head Brewery. It is also partnered with Bloody Disgusting horror site.

“Origins” will be set in the late sixties 1960s and focus on a brilliant scientist who strikes a deal with the military that will give him all the resources he needs to finalize his work in exchange for what he later learns is a price all mankind will have to pay.

“I want to take back the zombie genre in the name of the legacy that my father created almost 50 years ago,” the younger Romero said. “I want to tell the origin story of the modern zombie, in a way that my father wasn’t able to do so back in 1968.”

The project is the first time that the Romeros have collaborated on a film. The father has credits on more than 20 films; his son has shot more than 100 commercials and six feature films.

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  1. stevenmillan says:

    Hopefully this planned prequel will be a worthy entry in George Romero’s DEAD series(even if senor George is only co-producing it),since the last DEAD film SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD felt too rushed and mediocre and there’s been an enormous glut of zombie films too many,for ORIGINS(which ought to be called ORIGINS OF THE DEAD) should be made with a lot of care and consideration and also place in younger versions of the series’ iconic characters(such as NIGHT’s Ben,and a few of the (original)DAWN and (original) DAY characters(such as DAWN’s helicopter pilots,DAY’s Dr. Frankenstein[Bub’s mentor],and Tom Savini’s DAWN biker character[but played by a younger actor]) just to make it an official part of the series(if possible).

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