George Cameron Romero, son of the late, great filmmaker George Romero, made a special Halloween announcement last night on his Facebook page: He's working on a prequel to his father's seminal 1968 feature film debut, Night of the Living Dead.
Originally titled Origins, Cameron said that this was just a code name for the film, which has been officially titled Rise of the Living Dead. In 2014, Cameron started an Indiegogo campaign -- and reached his goal of $30,000 -- to fund a prequel to Night of the Living Dead.
Cameron offers few details about the film itself. He is writing and directing, but no cast and no start date have been announced. The official plot, according to the Indiegogo campaign (via Bloody Disgusting):
Origins takes place in the Turmoil of the 1960’s just shortly before Night of the Living Dead, and explains how the ‘original’ Romero zombie was created. In 1962, Dr. Ryan Cartwright was on the scientific and altruistic path to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of M.A.D. (Mutual Assured Destruction), a huge topic brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Little did he know that over the course of the next several years of his life, he would take a well-funded and military focused journey to the darkest corners of the world… as he creates the ultimate weapon for the government and a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days.
In his Facebook post, Cameron describes the project as a "love letter to my dad."
"Many of you know that I have been working to tell a story for many years... My dad read the script and called it "genius" (I'm not saying that from pride, it's an actual quote and I have the email to prove it!) Many have approached me about making this film and I've said no to many because even though I'm not a "precious" artist, this one is special... this one is mine... this one... is my love letter to my dad... to his work... to the fact that he was once called the most dangerous filmmaker alive... to the fact that society in 1968 wanted to shut him up as much as they wanted to celebrate him...
This one is the prelude to Night, the film that created the pop culture phenomenon that has inspired thousands of filmmakers from backyard auteurs to $180M features to the single longest running and most successful show in the history of television... [Ed. note: I think he is referring to The Walking Dead, which is not the longest-running show in television.]"
Cameron offered a first look at the poster art for Rise of the Living Dead.