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