Books of the Dead

New York’s Grand Central Publishing are negotiating with George Romero for the rights to publish two new novels set in the world of his …of the Dead films. Dread Central appear to have only assumed that Romero will write the novels – I’m assuming the opposite and betting that, at best, the books are ‘co-written’ by him, or ghostwritten from a premise of his. He has other things to do, I feel. Like making some more of those great …of the Dead films.

The report tells us that the first book would be published in the summer of 2010 with the second to follow “sometime after that” – which, frankly, could have been reported as “the first will be published in summer 2010” but perhaps Uncle Creepy was trying to boost his word count. We’ve all been there.

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George Romero’s …Of The Dead Movie Trailer

Bloody Disgusting has the first promotional movie trailer for George Romero‘s next zombie film “…Of The Dead“. Looks like a pretty low budget effort, but it has to be better than Diary of the Dead, right? Devonshire Productions also released the official plot synopsis for the film:

On a small island off North America’s coast, the dead rise to menace the living. Yet…the islanders can’t bring themselves to exterminate their loved ones, despite the growing danger from those the once held dear. A rebel among them hunts down all the zombies he can find, only to be banished from the island for assassinating his neighbors and friends. On the mainland, bent on revenge, he encounters a small band of survivors in search of an oasis on which to build a new life. Barely surviving an attack from a mass of ravenous flesh-eaters. They commandeer a zombie-infested ferry and sail to the island. There, to their horror, they discover that the locals have chained the dead inside their homes, pretending to live ‘normal’ lives…with bloody consequences. What ensues is a desperate struggle for survival and the answer to a question never posed in Romero’s Dead films: Can the living ever live in peace with the dead?”

…Of The Dead was a funny in-production title, but I don’t understand why they don’t just call it “Island of the Dead”, which seems let a better fit considering the story. Watch the trailer linked below.