How appropriate that George A. Romero’s final zombie movie, Twilight of the Dead, should prove to be beyond death? Although the master of the zombie genre, creator of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, passed away back in 2017, his wife Suzanne Romero completed the script for his last film and it’s now officially in the works.
THR reports George Romero’s widow Suzanne has been working on the Twilight of the Dead screenplay alongside Joe Knetter, Robert L. Lucas and Paolo Zelati. The trio were all part of helping George put together the original treatment. That script is going out to potential directors now.
Here’s the logline for the film, which will pick up after the events of 2015’s Land of the Dead: “The story is set in a decimated world. Life has all but disappeared. But there still may be hope for humanity.”
The last two films by Romero, 2007’s Diary of the Dead and 2009’s Survival of the Dead, are not considered part of the same story as Night of the Living Dead, mainly because Romero didn’t like how they turned out. That’s something Suzanne and Zelati spoke to as they try to wrap up the franchise as George always intended…
“I gave [Zelati] my full blessing as long as I could be there every step of the way for it to remain true to George’s vision,” says Suzanne Romero. “We had a solid treatment and the beginning of the script. I can 100 percent say that George would be incredibly happy to see this continue. He wanted this to be his final stamp on the zombie genre.”
“It is no secret that Diary and Survival were not the way he envisioned the series ending and George knew it very well,” says Zelati. “Twilight of the Dead was his goodbye to the genre he created and wanted to go out with a powerful film.”