Director Unearthed for ‘Day of the Dead’ Remake

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Briefly: George Romero’s Day of the Dead, the third of his original loose trilogy of zombie films and in some ways the strangest, hasn’t been left in a grave to journey quietly into movie eternity. It has been ravaged by a sorta-sequel and a sorta-remake (from 2005 and 2008, respectively) and now will be exhumed once more for another remake.

Millennium Films, which has some hand in the first remake, now has Mark Tonderai (House At The End Of The Street) to do a modern version. He scripted with Lars Jacobson. Deadline reports that the new film takes place some time after a viral outbreak has destroyed most of humanity, “a group of scientists and survivors attempt to find a cure, and instead open Pandora’s box.”

Producer Christa Campbell (Texas Chainsaw 3D) said earlier this year “These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z.” But then World War Z went on to make hundreds of millions of dollars, and that has a way of changing minds. So who knows what we’ll see here. No cast has been announced.

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New ‘Day of the Dead’ Reboot Rises

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There’s a remake — another one! — brewing of George Romero‘s original ‘Dead Trilogy’ capper Day of the Dead. The third film in the loose series of zombie films that also features Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, the film was last remade in 2008. Producers with some remake experience are behind this one: Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who produced Texas Chainsaw 3D, picked up the Day of the Dead remake rights. Read More »

BrieflyGuillermo del Toro has been plotting an animated film based on the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration for the past year. Provisionally titled Day of the Dead, it has Jorge R. Gutierrez, co-creator of the Nickelodeon showEl Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, set to direct with the company ReelFX backing the film. Gutierrez and ReelFX took the project to del Toro, who saw enough potential in it to come on board as producer.

Now Fox Animation has come on board, too, and Fox will release the movie in a prime Halloween frame, on October 10, 2014. But with Pixar also set to make an animated Day of the Dead movie, del Toro & Co. are moving to separate the two just a bit. And so this film is now called Book of Life. We don’t have more details at this point, and it will be a while, most likely, before we learn much more. But we’ll be curious to see how this and the Pixar film explore the same basic spirit from what we have to assume will be very different angles. [THR]

I bet that with Guillermo del Toro finally directing Pacific Rim, which has been underway for some time, you thought he might not have time to amass other projects. Not so! In addition to films like Pinocchio that the filmmaker has been working on for some time, he’s now producing an animated film based on the traditions and iconography associated with the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Reel FX will back the project, and Jorge R. Gutierrez, co-creator of the Nickelodeon show El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, will direct. Gutierrez and Doug Langdale scripted. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Movie Toys at Toy Fair 2008

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A ton of cool movie-related action figures were revealed at the 2008 Toy Fair in New York City this weekend. Check out some photos of the cooler toys after the jump thanks to Figures.com, ActionFigureInsider, and BloodyDisgusting.

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