Horrormeister George Romero is attached to direct “Chain Letter,” now in development at Joe Wizan and Don Schneider’s Phase 1 Prods.
The “Night of the Living Dead” helmer is currently working on a new draft of the script, which was originally penned by Gene Quintano (“Operation Dumbo Drop,” “Sudden Death”).
“Chain” is the story of three teenagers who must save themselves and their town from supernatural events. Romero’s producing partner, Peter Grunwald, will produce along with Phase 1.
Schneider said the company is considering a number of production options, including partnering with an independent foreign financier or setting the film up at a U.S. major.
“We’re exploring whether to go the studio route or go independent,” said Schneider. “Given George’s involvement and the recent resurgence of the horror genre, we believe its a slam-dunk franchise.”
In addition to the 1968 zombie thriller “Night of the Living Dead,” Romero directed two sequels, “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) and “Day of the Dead” (1985), as well as the Stephen King-penned horror anthology “Creepshow” (1982).
His most recent directorial outing was the 1993 Orion pic “The Dark Half.”
Richard Arlook of the Gersh Agency negotiated the deal on behalf of Romero and Grunwald.