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Throughout his profession, filmmaker George Romero directed six completely different zombie movies throughout two completely different universes, with the director having deliberate to collaborate with filmmaker Matt Birman for the brand new movie Highway of the Lifeless, just for his passing to end result within the venture being shelved seemingly indefinitely. Whereas parts of the idea had been embraced for an IDW comedian e-book, Birman lately confirmed with Bloody Disgusting that he had conferences as lately as early this 12 months to deliver the venture to life as a movie, just for the coronavirus pandemic to halt any potential progress. The filmmaker additionally detailed that his need to collaborate with Romero ended up being a significant setback for the venture.
“I had a bunch of assist from a bunch of individuals, nevertheless it all form of went to sh-t,” Birman revealed to the outlet. “Aside from Greg! Greg Nicotero was nonetheless with me on the finish. He was like, ‘You need to use my identify if it helps, Mattie!’ We’ll see what occurs. It’s actually not useless. I had a few actually good conferences in December and January, however COVID shut every little thing down.”
He added, “I’m nonetheless going to make it! It’s simply going to have a unique identify, and it’s gonna be pitched because the film I wasn’t allowed to make. There are an entire bunch of initiatives that we had, scripts written, and it’s stuff I can’t undergo with not utilizing his identify as a result of it’s simply this large authorized battle with them. Which is a disgrace, as a result of he was completely not that man. He was not serious about that sh-t.”
Birman was impressed to put in writing Highway of the Lifeless primarily based on the finale of Romero’s Land of the Lifeless, with the brand new venture set to happen after the occasions of that movie. Whereas Romero wasn’t initially within the endeavor, Birman did sufficient passes on the screenplay to in the end excite the prolific filmmaker. The venture then earned an official collaboration credit score with Romero, although the filmmaker handed away two weeks earlier than the venture was delivered to the Fantasia Worldwide Movie Pageant in hopes of incomes financing.
Whereas the venture earned a variety of consideration initially, the notion being billed as considered one of Romero’s final zombie motion pictures meant much more problems to legally transfer ahead together with his identify connected, with the manufacturing finances rising a lot bigger than what Birman or Romero had meant. Regardless of the numerous setbacks and disappointments, Birman ended on a way more optimistic observe.
“It’ll ultimately get made, whether or not it’s a $4-million film or a $1-million film,” the director confessed. “Whether or not it has stars or no stars. Nevertheless it’s at all times gonna be, for me, a continuation of his legacy. It simply received’t be promoted as such. So I’m gonna simply do it by myself, and also you’ll see the dedication on the finish. Lastly, followers ought to know the title is now ‘Wolfe Island,’ solely as a result of I had a blood and whiskey promise to G that I might and would by no means make an ‘…of the Lifeless’ with out him. However I positive as f-ck will make this for him. I miss him terribly.”
Keep tuned for particulars on Highway of the Lifeless.
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