‘Day of the Dead’ Remake’ Gets a Director; Filming to Begin in 2014

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Zombies are a great go-to horror villain. They can be cheap to create – simply by sticking some grey face-paint and fake blood on a bunch of willing extras – and they come in “shambling,” “fast” and “superfast” modes. Being already dead, they’re also notoriously difficult to kill without resorting to some gloriously gory head-smashing fun, and there’s no need to even write dialogue for them other than groans and moans.

Audiences are also very enamored with zombies, whether they’re the lovable-but-misunderstood characters of rom-zom-com Warm Bodies or the staple of The Walking Dead, which has found success in the world of comic books, television and video games, alike. It’s no surprise, then, that everyone wants to get a little piece of the zombie pie.

A remake of George Romero’s Day of the Dead was announced just a few months ago by Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who also produced the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot Texas Chainsaw 3D. Now Deadline reports that the producers have settled on a director for the project, Mark Tonderai (Hush) and are already putting together a production schedule.

It’s important to keep an open mind about horror remakes, especially after Zack Snyder’s surprisingly good remake of Dawn of the Dead, but assigning Tonderai as director is a fast way to kill off excitement for this one. Tonderai is best known for another horror film, House at the End of the Street, an altogether terrible movie that is notable for starring Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role, and  basically nothing else.

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Day of the Dead was remade just five years ago by director Steve Miner (Halloween H2O), with Mena Suvari in the lead as Sarah. The original is the third in Romero’s classic zombie trilogy, set some time after the original zombie outbreak, as friction grows between a group of scientists and soldiers occupying an underground bunker that’s secure from zombie infiltration, but not from frailties of the human condition.

Millenium and Campbell Grobman Films are aiming to get production on Day of the Dead going by summer 2014, which means that the new year will probably bring quite a few casting announcements. The script was co-written by Tonderai and Lars Jacobson (who has no previous feature credits).

While it’s still very early to judge, and there’s a chance that a trailer for this Day of the Dead remake could end up wowing us all, the choice of screenwriters and director doesn’t inspire much confidence. Millenium Films’ last Day of the Dead remake was made on a limited budget and went direct to DVD, and it feels like this one might end up in the same place – with the added bonus of being able to cash in on The Walking Dead‘s current popularity. Still, there’ll always be the original version…


Day of the Dead doesn’t yet have a release date, but we’ll keep you updated on its progress.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I enjoyed the original and it could do with an update. Not a massive fan of Survival/Diary of the Dead so a different director doesn’t bother me, actually Romero hasn’t ever remade one of his own films has he? It does surprise me that Night of the Living dead hasn’t been remade yet.

    • Agreed.

      The original was ok but very dated and an update could be better, not just with special effects and advances in makeup but also hopefully in the acting department too.

      • I disagree. This is another completely unnecessary remake. I liked the Dawn remake, but Day of the Dead, I always felt, was underrated. It was very scary and the makeup and different fx had taken a quantum leap by then, giving us some of the goriest scenes ever, plus the zombies weren’t just gray or blue-faced people. Of course, if they do a decent job, I’ll see it anyway. I choked down that straight to DVD atrocity with Suvari and Rhames. Just so awful. The only thing that sticks with me is when Ving ate his own eyeball.

      • You’re insane, the make-up in this film was fantastic, how could it even be improved upon? With crappy CGI blood like in the Walking Dead? No thanks!

    • Actually NIght of the living dead was remade back at 1991 i think. It was a pretty good movie.

      • 1990, but I meant bigger budget Dawn of the Dead type remake rather than that or even the Day of the Dead remake with Mena Suvari.

      • That was directed by Savini, however.

        • I know that, what is your point?

    • Romero wrote and produced the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead. Tom Savini directed it.

    • Sorry to say this but Night of the Living Dead was remade in 1990 and it was excellent. They should stay away from that one.

    • First Romero did do another film NOT a remake its called Land of the Dead, basically he’s a hasbeen in the business and since he was asked about directing an episode of the Walking Dead he put the show down and thought his bull s*** was better. I guess he’s tired of going to the bank. and second they did remake Night of the Living Dead with Tom Savini as the director.

    • night of the living dead was remade in 1990 and 2006 with sid haig

  2. Meh! Stick to the original.

  3. So this will technically be the second remake of what was the weakest of the Dead Trilogy. And they have assigned a seemingly miss or miss director for the project, yeah this is going to draw much enthusiasm in one form or another…..

    • I always liked DAY a lot. It had better zombies and gore and it always scared me more. I am in no way disparaging the others, however. I love both the original and remake of Night (of course preferring the original), both Dawns, (again, original is still better though the remake was very good), and Land of the Dead. Then was it Diary of the Dead that was okay and Survival of the Dead the pretty dumb one? Not sure. Babbling now. Bye.

  4. WTF? Didn’t we get a badly made remake already? I guess that’s why their remaking it again, because we didn’t get enough crappy unofficial sequels and remakes to Romero’s already. But hey, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and The Crazies actually had some good remakes so I might have to eat my words.

  5. Night Of The Living Dead has been remade 2-3 times but most noteworthy was the 1990 version directed by Tom Savini and produced by George Romero

    • Ya n it was basically the same movie word for word but in colour n with Tony Todd ( final destination) as the lead.. It was crapstatic but I still own it

      • Well one thing they improved on were its characters. They felt 100X more memorable, especially Barbara who wasn’t some catatonic mess but rather an energetic woman fighting for her life.

    • One of the Night remakes was a 3d piece of garbage with terrible 3d that had Sid Haig in it.

  6. Who can they get to play such a -hole like Rhodes from the original Day Of The Dead? That guy almost reminded me of Bodicker played by Kurtwood Smith from Robocop. Original Day Of The Dead is one my favorites so I hope they do mess it up & ruin the name.

  7. Probably don’t need a remake of this. These zombie flicks get a bit repititious. I did enjoy the original Dawn of the Dead, though…probably my favorite zombie flick. I just watched World War Z last night, and it was not that bad, but not that great. Kind of average, I guess, but worth a watch to kill some time.

  8. It might be a good idea to write an integrated story and make a Dead trilogy

    Night of the Dead
    Dawn of the Dead
    Morn of the Dead


    Rise of the Dead
    Day of the Dead
    Zenith of the Dead


    Eventide of the Dead
    Dusk of the Dead
    Twilight of the Dead

    And comedic versions

    Rise of the Living Dead
    Return of the Living Dead
    Reprise of the Living Dead
    Revival of the Living Dead
    Reprieve of the Living Dead

  9. What with The Walking Dead I’m getting my fill of zombies… I’m not sure I’d sit through another re-make/reboot/rehash of yet another -Of The Dead film… Zombies without some new angles just end up being a pour substitute for a substantial plot threat and a means of moving the action forward to a conclusion. They are the new Mummies… Which I hear are also being re-booted yet again… Still Zombies beat the over use of Vampires and Werewolves in recent years for at least appearing to seem fresher ironically when a new film comes out like World War Z…. Twilight has a lot to answer for.

  10. instead of a remake, why not pick up where the original Day of the Dead left off?

    Sarah, John and Mcdermott escaped to an Island, they can meet other survivors and scientists and try to find a cure?

  11. Well the first remake was a disgrace to the Romero franchise. It was a waste of time and money.

    A new remake, if done right, would be awesome. Not to mention Romero had stated many times that he always wanted to revisit Day of the Dead. His original script was much bigger and longer but was majorly cut up due to budget issues and rating problems. After fights with the MPAA, it would have been a X film at that time but he was able to make a deal to have it released as a Not-rated film if he compressed it and watered it down slightly. Romero always wanted to tell the full story and remake it but never did. Now it would be possible to remake the film the way he originally intend it to be since times have changed since the 80′s but it always comes down to money.

    I hope this remake follows Romero’s original dream.

  12. Saying the original Day of the Dead was “ok” is crazy. That movie, minus the pretty awful soundtrack would hold up today was a makeupFX perspective. The gore is and makeup is amazing and so ahead of its time. Plus is probably the scariest out of the Romero originals. Stop remaking classics and get an original idea.

  13. I personally hated the 2004 remake of dawn, but that’s just my opinion. Even though Romero’s original script got heavily edited due to budget, alot of the ideas that were in it got carried over to land of the dead. If this new remake of day comes out and if they wanted to try and make it closer to the original screenplay, I think it would be too similar to land. Personally, I think they should just leave it alone, “but apparently they’re not inclined to do that for you”, as Dr. Logan once said. Anyway, Day is, and always will be my favorite movie of all time.