Want to know what came before Night of the Living Dead?
Though The Walking Dead is easily the most talked-about zombie property of the last decade, we all know the shambling corpses that populate that show, and pretty much every other zombie tale, owe a debt to George A. Romero and his series of zombie flicks that kicked off with the seminal Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Romero's kept his franchise alive for decades with a series of films -- some of them classics, some of them ... not -- and now his son is hoping to carry on the legacy of the Romero zombie with a new film that will reveal what caused Night of the Living Dead.
G. Cameron Romero, who's directed several feature films (including Repressed and Auteur) and dozens of commercials, launched an Indiegogo campaign this week to raise $150,000 that will help him make Origins, a film that's billed as both a prequel to Night of the Living Dead and a reaction to the decades of zombie films that have followed it. Set in the 1960s, the film will follow a scientist who takes on government funding and military support in an effort to research how to save humanity in the event of a disaster, only to find that his discoveries come with a price. Cameron Romero will direct the film, while his father will serve as one of its producers.
“I want to take back the zombie genre in the name of the legacy that my father created almost 50 years ago,” Cameron Romero said. “I want to tell the origin story of the modern zombie, in a way that my father wasn’t able to do so back in 1968.”
Romero calls the film more than just another zombie film, in that it will offer fans "the definitive answer to your questions about the creatures as told by two generations of Romero." The fundraising campaign is intended to jump-start the production, attract investors and draw production department leads and actors to the project, but it also offers plenty of opportunities for fans to become a part of the film. Among the donor rewards offered are a chance to be part of the film's "braintrust" and give feedback to the producers (for $30), a chance to be a featured zombie who's killed in the film (for $10,000) and a chance to make yourself an executive producer (for $25,000).
After nearly 50 years of Romero zombies, this film is the one that's finally out to give us the answers to all those questions raised by Night of the Living Dead and beyond. So if that's something you're into, head over to the fundraising page and see what you feel like donating, and check out the introductory video below.