We get the need to update a story that was first told in the '60s, but some these changes are just plain weird.
It's been 45 years since the zombie horde were coming to get Barbara, and in that time the world has changed. The way we film things, the way we write things, even the way we deal with social issues are all different.
So we get that, in order to reimagine Night of the Living Dead for the modern day you have to tell a different story and tell it in a different way. But how different? And different in what way? Well ...
First of all, the new film is called Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, so, yes, it's going to be in 3D. While that may be increasingly common, we're not so sure 3D makes a ton of sense for Night, which was atmospheric, claustrophobic and oppressive.
The film's location is also being swapped out. The countryside will be traded in for New York City. We were concerned that a densely populated city would mean a lot more zombies, but evidently the plot for the film involves a group of people barricading themselves inside a New York apartment. Which is actually a nice parallel to the cramped quarters of the house in which people were trapped during the events of the original Night.
The weirdest part of all, though, is the casting. The star is Bollywood actor R. Madhavan. He's a total unknown in the states. We're not saying he can't be good, but it's highly unusual to pick someone with a completely different kind of pedigree to take the lead in a zombie picture. Thankfully, horror movie veteran Tony Todd will also star, along with a number of other known B-movie names, including Tom Sizemore, Danielle Harris, Sarah Habel, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Bill Mosley and Joseph Pilato.
The whole package is just weird enough that we genuinely don't know how to feel about this reimagining. It could recapture the spirit of the original with a modern twist. On the other hand, we've never seen a successful remake of Night before, so we're not holding our breath.
What do you think?