Romero's Diary of the Dead Gets a Distributor -- and a Sequel?

We ARE being punished for our sins! The dead are rising, and Judgment Day is upon us!

by | September 13, 2007 | Comments

Our own Alex Vo didn’t think much of it, but that hasn’t stopped The Weinstein Company from purchasing the domestic rights to George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead.

In a post at The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, it was announced that the Weinsteins have paid between $2 and $2.5 million for the North American and Mexican rights to Diary, the fourth sequel to Romero’s 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead. The deal includes a theatrical commitment, so moviegoers can expect to see the director’s latest zombie-fest on the big screen before long.

What’s next for Romero? According to Bloody-Disgusting, he’s been told that if Diary of the Dead is a success, the Weinsteins will — surprise, surprise — commission a sequel. Given that the studio has invested a relatively small amount of money in the film, it probably won’t have to gross a whole lot to be considered a success; odds are, we’ll see a sixth Dead out of Romero in the next few years. Diary‘s synopsis, according to the article, is as follows:

With a story mixing elements of “The Blair Witch Project” and the long-running “Dead” series, the film will follow a group of college students shooting a horror movie in the woods who stumble upon a real zombie uprising. When the onslaught begins, they seize the moment as any good film students would, capturing the undead in a “cinema verite” style that causes more than the usual production headaches.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Source: Bloody-Disgusting

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