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.