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Romero: An Appreciation Part 17 – In Conclusion (for the time being…)

In recent years there have been rumours that Romero has shown interest in adapting another literary work, this time one called “Solitary Isle” by Japanese author Koji Suzuki. For a director famed as much for his writing as his directing this may seem an odd direction to take, but as Romero’s own scripts have failed to inspire his fans in recent years this shows an interesting direction the horror maestro may take with future films.

He has also been connected with an unusual novel by Dr. Steven C. Schlozman (Professor of Psychology at Harvard University) called “The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse” which is presented as a series of medical notes from a doctor studying a zombie outbreak.

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There have been other rumours and near-deals for Romero based TV series as well, but none of this is new. Over the years Romero has been connected with adaptations of Resident Evil, TV shows based on Night of the Living Dead and was even offered the helm of The Walking Dead (many of these projects were to direct properties “based”, or in some cases just plain plagiarised, from Romero’s own work).

It is deeply ironic that many of the projects owing a huge debt to Romero’s work often manage to raise funds to create sub standard work while Romero has such trouble raising far less money to produce his own.

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It is telling that the first Resident Evil movies budget was 32 million US dollars, and this is roughly equal to the budget to ALL Romero’s SIX “Dead” films combined.

This is considerable food for thought.

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As of writing (mid 2016) there have been no new Romero movies released since 2009’s Survival of the Dead and this marks the longest period Romero has taken without releasing a film.

As a long time fan of George A. Romero this leaves me with profound mixture of competing feelings. In recent years his films have fallen from horror “Event’s” that made everyone heads turn to mere footnotes in the community.

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Though this is deeply regretful and may make many suggest that Romero should put away his camera I have to disagree. Much like the characters of his greatest works I’d like to see Romero battle on till the end as the independent film maker that shaped modern horror as we know it. To me Romero’s work transcends mere film making and I hope in some small way this series of articles have shown that Romero’s work has been driven by one overriding need, which is the need to strive for independance from the “industry” that is modern film making.

Many times Romero has flirted with the mainstream only to return to true independance and each time he has consistently (in my view) created work of which he should be proud.

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In a world dominated by film makers who are driven as much, if not more, by the cult of personality rather than the work they actually produce Romero has been a reassuring reminder than some film makers not only have something to say, but they also have ethics and a loyalty to the ideals those ethics represent.

In my opinon no film respresents this more than Knightriders and much like Billy, the self styled Arthurian knight who represents all that is good to me, I hope Romero stays true to his ideals until the end, whether those ideals are appreciated by his audience or not.

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So we have had no new Romero movies released since 2009, and apparently no new ones in the works, many may be pleased by this…

I for one sit and wait…