Uncle Georgie is at it again.
There have been reports since before Diary of the Dead was even released that George Romero would be revisiting the rebooted zombie world that he created in that movie.
Now, while there are a lot of Diary-haters out there, I’ve been a defender of it. It’s not because it’s a great movie — it’s not — but a so-so George Romero zombie movie is still better than 99% of the other crap that’s out there. So I’ve got no problem with a sequel. As long as Uncle Georgie keeps dishing out his flesh-eating flicks, I’ll keep paying to see ’em.
Now comes word that Romero’s latest — currently being filmed in Toronto — isn’t so much a direct sequel (um, Georgie doesn’t do those) but a spin-off of Diary‘s storyline. George revealed the following to ShockAroundTheClock:
“It’ll be about three weeks in [past the outbreak] and it doesn’t start with the people in the mansion [at the end of Diary]. It starts with the blonde who drove away and the national guardsmen who robbed the people. So those are the only characters that return. What it’s about is tribalism. How the internet creates a Hatfields and McCoys situation. It’s on an island, where people have been lured by someone on the net as a safe haven, but really what these guys are trying to do is hold them up at the boat docks.”
Movieset spoke to Nicolas Chartier, president of Voltage Pictures (who had international distributing rights to Diary, and is involved in the new film):
“We’re shooting underwater zombies,” Chartier revealed. “They’re swimming, grabbing people’s legs, pulling them down. It’s a lot of fun.”
So there you have it. George Romero is still being a crotchety old man about technology (the Internets), and we’ve got a zombie island and swimming zombies. I’m gonna go out on a limb and start calling the movie Island of the Dead.
You know who else had underwater zombies? Fulci, that’s who. Zombie vs. Shark, FTW.