George A. Romero intends on continuing his legendary zombie franchise if his latest film, "Survival of the Dead," enjoys a successful Blu-ray and DVD release.
The film is the sixth installment of his popular undead series, and the second in a proposed four-film chronicle focusing on minor characters from "Diary of the Dead."
"Id be happy to do that [make another sequel], I mean its the closest thing that Ive ever had to sort of having a job and knowing what Ill be doing for the next two years," Romero said in an interview with Bloody Disgusting. "So I would welcome [making two more 'Dead' films] if it happens. If it doesnt happen, well chase this one : if its not zombies when its me, its much harder to find the financing, you have to sort of jump through hoops and convince people the projects worth doing.
"And at my age, I dont know. Ive sort of had it with that. You never earn a platinum card in this business. You have to always convince people and do the pitches and all of that, and Im no good at that but : well see."
"Survival of the Dead" revolves around a conflict between a family intent on slaughtering all zombies, and another family who wants to safely secure the infected until a cure can be found. Caught in the middle of this conflict is 'Nicotine' Crocket (Alan Van Sprang) -- last seen in "Diary of the Dead" -- and his soldiers, who simply seek a safe hideout.
Now, Romero is mapping out his franchise's story line following the events of "Survival of the Dead."
"There are these African-American guys who are also sort of deserters, who are looters; that would be one group," Romero said. "And the blonde that gets away in the end [of 'Diary'] : she wasnt a minor character, but she survived and takes off after the other guys lock themselves in the mansion."
Along with developing a direction for the next two films, Romero is also considering his options for a filming style. With "Diary of the Dead" he used a documentary formant, and with "Survival of the Dead" the film's model was a Western. What style is he gravitating toward?
"If we do another one, I dont know; maybe Ill try to do it [film]-noir," he said. ": I love just sort of playing with the medium that way.
"You know, I never know if this stuff is working. Theyre all little conceits and fun that Im having, and I hope that its fun for the audience too."
One project Romero will not pursue is the proposed 3D remake of Dario Argento's classic 1975 film "Deep Red."
"Sometimes I find out about projects I'm 'doing' the same way you guys do," Romero told Dread Central. "Dario's son called me to ask if I was interested. I asked if I'd be working with Dario and Claudio said 'yeah.' I told him that it sounded interesting, but I'd want to speak with Dario first to see where we could go with it, man. By the time I got in touch with him, he told me he didn't know anything about it. So from there I told him, 'Well, that's it, man! I'm out!'"
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