George Romero's cut himself loose of hollywood for his next film, Diary of the Dead, that apparently goes back to the initial outbreak of zombies in his apocalyptic vision. And now he's saying he's planning possibly to take it direct to video. George's reason is that he can do the movie his way, put in violence that they wouldn't allow to be in the cinemas, and generally make the film he wants without having to worry about Hollywood telling him what he can and can't do. I think this is a good thing.
Diary will follow the exploits of a group of college students
who are making a horror film. When the news breaks that the dead are
returning to life, the group hops into their van with their camera in
an attempt to try and get some footage.
"I want to do this from a subjective kind of view with no music. You know, something really raw," Romero elaborates. "So it's kind of a stylistic experiment, a low budget, under the radar kind of thing that's just sort of from the heart."
Right now Diary of the Dead looks like something Romero is
more interested in releasing in a direct-to-video capacity instead of
theatrically, although that might happen as well.
Why direct-to-video? George can do more of what he wants that way.
Especially pertaining to how much violence can be showcased in the
is a project he is making for his fans independent of all the usual
Hollywood rules and regulations. Romero also assured me that there will
be the right kind of gore in the film that we all know and love, and he is in talks with Greg Nicotero of KNB to do the effects.
It's clear that this is not something forced on George - he could make a big screen film, but is choosing not to. So I think this will turn out pretty good.