Horror legend George Romero blames Brad Pitt for killing his zombie future

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Nov 2, 2016, 12:06 PM EDT

It's difficult to put a finger on the exact moment of full zombie saturation in movies, TV, comics and video games, with wave after wave of the shambling deadheads seemingly advancing from every corner of pop culture entertainment in the past 10 years. But horror master George Romero believes he's pinpointed ground zero of the overkill, and it all centers around Brad Pitt and his 2013 overblown zombie thriller, World War Z.

The legendary director who first lit the flames of the zombie subgenre in 1968 with his low-budget gem, Night of the Living Dead, mostly blames Pitt for fans'waning appetite for more deadhead flicks in the future, especially his franchise of walker sequels, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. So on the eve of the Blu-ray release of his seminal zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead, Romero had some harsh words to say about the current state of the undead in Hollywood and the terrible adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z novel and even takes a jab at AMC's The Walking Dead in his decision to sit contentedly on the sidelines until the apocalyptic smoke clears.

Here's what the king of zombies had to say in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

I've sort of dropped out of it. The Dead are everywhere these days. I think really Brad Pitt killed it. The Walking Dead and Brad Pitt just sort of killed it all. The remake of Dawn of the Dead made money. I think pretty big money. Then Zombieland made money, and then all of a sudden, along comes Brad Pitt and he spends $400 million or whatever the hell to do World War Z. [World War Z author] Max Brooks is a friend of mine, and I thought the film was not at all representative what the book was and the zombies were, I don't know, ants crawling over the wall in Israel. Army ants. You might as well make The Naked Jungle. As far as I'm concerned, I'm content to wait until sort of zombies die off. My films, I've tried to put a message into them. It's not about the gore, it's not about the horror element that are in them. It's more about the message, for me. That's what it is, and I'm using this platform to be able to show my feelings of what I think.

I happen to agree with Romero's hard stance on the fading interest in zombies and was extremely disappointed in Pitt's Plan B Productions' uneven screen interpretation and omissions from Brooks' book. Whether or not a better adaptation would have altered history is tough to say, but with Hollywood's cyclical nature it's just a matter of time before zombies rise up again.  

Are you suffering from zombie fatigue, or do you want more shuffling anthill hordes?

(Via Geek Tyrant)