Night of the Living Dead creator and horror icon George A. Romero's final film is in the works.
Six years after the director died in July 2017 owing to lung cancer, Romero's swansong titled Twilight of the Dead, is being adapted from a screenplay he wrote before passing away.
On August 2, Deadline reported that The George A. Romero estate is collaborating with LA-based financier-producer Roundtable Entertainment on the “seventh and final instalment” of the Living Dead franchise.
The project was first revealed in 2021, but per Deadline's recent report, the newly relaunched Roundtable is now pressing on with production and applying for a SAG-AFTRA waiver amid the strike.
The "conclusion to [Romero's] epic saga", which comprised six films, multiple spinoffs, and remakes will shoot in Puerto Rico later this year, and will be directed by Nikyatu Jusu (Nanny).
The recently completed script is penned by Joe Knetter, Robert Lucas, and Paolo Zelati, who also worked on the treatment with Romero.
The film is being billed as a “thought-provoking sociopolitical commentary wrapped in a genre piece” with reverence to Romero’s signature style, as encapsulated by 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead.
Romero’s widow Suzanne Romero, who will produce the film, said in a statement: “I’m delighted to be joining forces with Roundtable to bring the eerie evolution of Romero’s universe to the screen. Roundtable impressed me with their long-term and deep love of George’s work. I believe they have the vision to produce the best version of this movie that honors the Romero legacy. I can’t wait to start filming!”
Twilight of the Dead is set on a tropical island and will “delve into the dark nature of humanity from the perspective of the last humans on earth who are caught between factions of the undead,” per the logline teased to Deadline.
Roundtable’s head of scripted, John Baldecchi (The Mexican) added: “We’re thrilled to be working alongside Suzanne, Paolo, and Stephanie to bring the final instalment of this epic series. It is the perfect ending to one of the greatest horror legacies of all time, with a powerful and timely message about how humanity is the cause of its own destruction, over and over and over again. There is a lot of excitement in the creative community to be involved and we’ll be making decisions on that shortly”.
Roundtable produce for MGM.