‘Night of the Living Dead’ Rises From The Grave In 3D CGI

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm,

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Hollywood owes me a new TV. They made me break my new 50″ plasma and I’m mad as heck about it. How did this happen and why? I’m glad you asked. Here’s the story:

It’s well after midnight. I’m flipping channels trying to find something that isn’t an infomercial for the Sham-WOW, Slap Chop, Snuggie or Extenze (I own two of those items and let’s just say my wife is warm and happy). I settle on a re-run of Head of the Class, the one with Billy Connolly not Howard Hesseman, because it reminds me of Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day. All is right in the world until all of a sudden, a commercial starts up for a new movie, Night of the Living Dead: Origins. Hot dang! I’m pumped and the commercial cranks up; it’s bright, excessively loud and the dude on the screen bears a strange resemblance to Matthew Lesko.

“DO YOU LIKE CGI?  DO YOU LIKE 3D? WHAT ABOUT ZOMBIES? DO YOU LOVE ZOMBIES?” the overly-excited man screams.  I’m no moron; I own just about every Pixar film ever made, and who doesn’t like 3D or zombies? 3D is the cat’s meow, the prince’s new pajamas, the new friggin’ red! Then just as I’m about to nod my head in agreement, the man on TV says “WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ALL THREE COMBINED IN A NEW CGI, 3D ANIMATED VERSION OF NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD?”

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*record scratch* I do a double take. “What in the hell?” I say audibly thinking the man in the TV can actually hear me or cares what I think. “Why would I ever want to watch something like that?” I throw the remote in disgust and in the process break my 50″ plasma TV. Sounds like something I just made up to over exaggerate my point?  OK, fine, maybe a Wii remote flew out of my hand during an overly aggressive Wii Tennis moment but the fact remains; Hollywood is making a 3D CGI Night of the Living Dead origin story! And the kicker is George Romero isn’t attached to the project at all.

At what point will Hollywood take a step back and say to themselves, “Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.” Is there no end to the horror (pun intended) Hollywood is capable of and just who do we have to thank for this latest thought trophy?  Newcomer director Zebediah de Soto, who’s sci-fi film War Dog made the Hollywood darling list last year, co-wrote the script with David R. Schwartz. Simon West and Jib Polhemus of Simon West Productions will be producing.

Plans are to give the characters a back story and screw with re-imagine George Romero’s original concept of zombies by making it “an American-style anime.” I didn’t realize that style existed. Oh wait, they have to invent it first. That’s right, the very style of animation de Soto and West want to use is still being invented by New Golden Digital, co-founded by de Soto and Gus Malliarodaki. According to Hollywood Reporter:

“The duo created and designed a real-time effects system, known as ‘The Beast’, which allows filmmakers the ability to direct CG performances the same way they would direct real live actors.  The aim of the process is to make tennis balls on a stick representing real people or monsters a thing of the past by allowing actors interact with CG elements as if they are tangible.”

That part sound really cool and if the technology works then it could be the beginning of some really interesting films. However, Night of the Living Dead not only doesn’t need to be remade but it doesn’t need to be remade in 3D CGI. I don’t care if they are using cutting edge animation technology to do it.

Zebediah de Soto may very well be a good director, I watched the trailer to his independent film War Dog and it doesn’t look half bad. I might have to hunt down the entire film and watch it. Click the picture below to watch for yourself.

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Click the image to watch the trailer

Simon West, though, does have a varied directing background, helming action films Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He and Polhemus were so impressed last year after watching War Dog they began looking for a project to work with de Soto on. Why they didn’t just choose to make War Dog on a grander scale I don’t know but unfortunately the trio set their sights on Night of the Living Dead when it became public domain.

What do you think about a 3D CGI Night of the Living Dead: Origins story and the technology being developed to make the film?

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Cinematical

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  1. so are you saying that the slap chop really does work well?

    Thanks for the laughs this morning!

  2. lol…. hey Paul, glad to hear that the slap chop makes your wife happy… lol

    If you want cgi zombie flicks then go watch Resident Evil Degeneration. The visuals were nice, but the plot really sucked. Hollywood should leave this well alone, or at least give it it’s own name separate from NOTLD. I haven’t seen any 3D movies in the theater yet, but, it would be cool to see this in 3D on the big screen.

  3. I think every last person involved with this project should be discovered in numerous hotel rooms, naked and hanging in closets, having died from autoerotic asphyxiation. Photos of them should surface on websites that routinely poke fun of the horror of death, like rotten dot com, their black tongues poking from their swollen faces, which perhaps should painted up like French hookers on a bad night. Or clowns.

    And then if there’s any ACTUAL justice in the world, their humiliated corpses will rise from their slabs and wander the earth as the most hilarious, pathetic zombies ever. The living would round these ghouls up and parade them down the street as children shriek and teenage girls would point and laugh at their shriveled, blackened junk.

    Or maybe they should get punched a lot. Either/or. I’m on the fence.

  4. ”And the kicker is George Romero isn’t attached to the project at all”

    Did you watch his last film?.. I’m not surprised he isn’t involved

  5. @tweeb & danny – Slap Chop does work as intended.

    @hamlet3k – so are you saying the film interests you?

    @nuxxer – It’s a kicker because it was originally his film. He wrote and directed it. Him not being involved is what is strange.

  6. TO heck with the movie. If that technology is for real, I’m thinking ahead to what it will mean for video games in the next 5-10 years.

  7. So were you playing Wii tennis or what?
    (How sad),,, ;-)
    Isn’t there a landyard on the controller that’s supposed to prevent the thing flying out of your hand?

    And Paul,,, I don’t own any Pixar dvds and don’t even get me started on 3D !!! ;-)

    Has anyone seen Romero lately? Watch some of the behind the scenes junk on “Land of the Dead” he blends right in with the cast. The zombie cast!!!
    Oh and I’m sick of Zombies at this point anyway so,,, 8-O

  8. I think he was really playing with his slapchop.

  9. Hmmm, he’s alone sitting in front of the plasma, its midnight? Yep your prob right Tweeb.

    Who plays Wii Tennis at midnight?
    Come on that’s such bs. ;-)

  10. @790 – No way in front of the plasma, I got kids…that’s why laptops were invented.LOL

    It’s funny you should mention the horrors of 3D. I’m considering writing up a piece against the use of 3D.

  11. Well 3D is a big scam,,,

  12. @Paul Young- I would enjoy a piece like that. I’m yet to see a 3D film that was worth it.

  13. Sadly there is no movie and probably never will be, just a teaser. Just as soon as the teaser went “viral”, Zeb didn’t walk away, he RAN away from my executive feature film production of War Dog. He did so in order to chase a bigger better deal. He pretty much ruined my life, BUT life goes on and at long last and no thanks to him, I am regrouping. This is a rave review for a horror comedy I just shot- NORMAL ACTIVITY. http://nohoartsdistrict.com/index.php/north-hollywood-news/item/1670-the-120-hour-film-festival?fb_action_ids=899567482896&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582#.UTa0jkJdDZs