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Dawn of the Dead (1978) & Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Episode 25516th May 2024 • Verbal Diorama • Verbal Diorama
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After Night of the Living Dead, George Romero branched out, not wanting to be typecast as a zombie movie director. It was a tour of the Monroeville Mall that put the idea in his head, of a satire about consumerism. He would quickly have a rough idea in his head, a follow-up venture into the world of the undead.

Romero and his producer Richard P. Rubinstein started the process of procuring US investors for his new zombie movie, but no one showed any interest. No one in the US anyway.

Romero's friend Dario Argento would not only give him a place to write the movie in Rome; he'd also help him secure financing for Dawn of the Dead, but Romero would have to give him distribution rights to the non-English version of the movie, and the freedom to edit his own cut in return...

Fast-forward to a post 9/11 early 2000s, and producers Eric Newman and Marc Abraham approached Rubinstein with their vision of a reimagining of Dawn of the Dead. Rubinstein had never granted the remake rights before, but there was something about their pitch that won him over. James Gunn would step up to write, and a young Zack Snyder would get his feature directorial debut...

I would love to hear your thoughts on Dawn of the Dead (1978) & Dawn of the Dead (2004) !



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