George Romero’s widow reportedly says the prolific horror master left behind dozens of finished or near-finished movie scripts when he passed away last year, and that pretty much all of them are complete enough to get the film treatment.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero said the Night of the Living Dead creator had written close to 50 screen-worthy scripts over the course of his long career, and that “a lot of it is very good.”
“George was a prolific writer,” she said. “He loved to write, and we have 40, 50 scripts that he's written, and a lot of it is very good. He had a lot to say, and he still does, because I'm gonna make sure that he does. It's my mission.”
While Romero is known as a groundbreaking horror icon (Night of the Living Dead is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year), the first project in his back catalog that’s likely to see distribution isn’t, said his widow, a strict horror film. Rather, it’s a little-known bit of social commentary from early in his career.
“We have a film that he shot in 1973 that most people haven't seen,” she said, adding that it’s “a scary movie, but it's not a horror movie, and it's about ageism,” and that the Romero estate plans to restore it “for Romero cinephiles.”
Also on the near horizon is Romero’s unfinished, epically-scaled zombie novel, simply titled The Living Dead, which Guillermo del Toro collaborator Daniel Kraus is currently shaping into a finished form ahead of its planned release next fall.
First announced in February, progress on completing the 50-year-old book appears to be well underway. “Dan is fervently rewriting as we speak,” Desrocher assured.