The late George A. Romero didn’t receive the recognition he deserved in his lifetime. After creating the zombie movie as we know it with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, a copyright snafu on the original negative meant he could never truly reap the benefits of such a creation. His second zombie movie, 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, upped every form of ante possible and cemented the lore of the shambolic ambulatory corpses. While most people argue over whether Night or Dawn is the bigger masterpiece, Romero offered perhaps his most intriguing take on the subject with 1985’s third installment, Day of the Dead.
Now, according to a report in Variety, Day of the Dead will see new undead life as a 10-episode series on Syfy.
Romero’s film was angry and resentful. It saw society fully collapsed following the zombie outbreak. In an underground bunker, a small team of scientists try to study the longterm effects of zombification on corpses; is it possible they could learn? Is there anything left of the humans they once were? Unfortunately, the scientists co-habitate with an increasingly hostile military squadron whose job it is to round up “specimens” for the experiments. Tensions continue to rise until inevitably the outside world breaks in once again.
The series has Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas as showrunners. The pair have an eclectic resume of mostly Disney Channel shows and movies. Although they did write episodes of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, and the weird-ass 2019 The Banana Splits Movie. They also created the Disney series Raven’s Home and the Netflix teen sitcom Malibu Rescue.
Without Bub, without the idea that zombies can learn and are themselves a new form of admittedly primitive society, there’s kind of no reason for it to be Day of the Dead.
No word yet on when Syfy’s Day of the Dead will drop. We’ll keep you up to date on any news as it develops.
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