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CG Night Of The Living Dead Grabs Voices
The Romero re-imagining shuffles onwards

02 December 2009  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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Like the unstoppable march of the slavering undead themselves, Night Of The Living Dead: Origins, the CG re-interpretation of George A Romero's 1968 horror classic is still headed for our screens - and now it has actors attached.

Jesse Corti, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Alona Tal, Joe Pilato and Cornell Womack have all signed on to provide vocal performances for director Zebediah de Soto and producer Simon West.

As in the original, the story will follow a group of humans (including, in this case a news reporter, a Wall Street yuppie type and a no-nonsense Noo Yoik cop) as they try to survive the zombpocalypse.

There are even a few nods to Romero's work here - Moseley is a veteran of the 1990 remake of Living Dead, while Pilato was among the cast of 1978's Dawn Of The Dead.

And de Soto has been talking to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog about the film, noting that it was a big influence on someone who spent their youth away from TV. “When you’re not allowed to watch TV and then you see this movie where this broadcaster speaks about this (zombie) disaster, it translated as so real to me."

He's got big plans for the look of the film, which will make full use of the CG tech to break the usual siege mentality of zombie movies (whether this is a good or a bad idea remains to be seen, of course):

“I wanted to make this look like a living Monet; it’s expressionism. It’s going to be the first zombie movie played on a epic scale. This is the Empire Of The Sun of zombie films.

"I lived through the LA riots and saw the city on fire; I remember seeing people running, people getting pulled out of cars. And with 9/11, these images have been ingrained on people of my generation. I just thought that is the way it would really be, a lot of chaos.”

So, Romero fans - solid plan or sheer sacrilege? Let the debate start in your brains. Mmmm… Brains.


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Joe Pilato
Joe Pilato was is Dawn of the Dead (director cut) Police man at the docks, and of course Day of the dead captain Captain Rhodes, and he's decent in both, and i think 1990 remake of night is decent, nice twist at the end compaired to the original. never seen the recent 3D effort. More

Posted by mickyc at 18:20 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

Oh god!
Is this going to be the new trend now? Making 'Origins' movies? More

Posted by DocEmmettBrown at 15:08 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

pilato
joe pilato was in dawn and day, and was shit in both! More

Posted by radge8 at 08:33 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

Yeah, flog that dead horse baby. Beowulf with lots of scabs on. More

Posted by JapStrangler at 06:11 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

Geek alert
Joe Pilato was in Day of the Dead, not Dawn. He was Captain Rhodes for chrissakes! More

Posted by Andy7x at 23:50 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

This is nothing new.
Go to YouTube and search "Night of the Lving Dead Reanimated". There are a ton of videos showing different takes on NOTLD using different animation techniques. I do not think it they anything to do with NOTLD Origins talked about here....but they are far more creative. More

Posted by Ichi1 at 16:33 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

I can't imagine there'll be a huge budget for this, as Romero's name won't attract a great deal of punters, especially after Diary of the Dead being utterly awful (Cheers for the 4 star recommendation Empire!). I imagine the CG will be sub-par, and this will be a complete pile of shit. More

Posted by dugfinger at 09:44 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Did anyone actually see the remake of living dead?
It was absolute shite. More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:19 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Why not?
What the hell, why not? I think this actually can work and be pretty decent. More

Posted by Mat1az at 07:41 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

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