Cameron Romero, the son of the late George R. Romero, recently announced he will be continuing his father’s work. The Night of the Living Dead franchise continues and now heads into its 50th anniversary with a planned prequel. Rise of the Living Dead takes audiences to the time leading up to that strange and horrific night in rural Pennsylvania in 1968, a night when the dead first walked the earth.
The younger Romero’s decision to craft a sequel might finally explain why the living dead came to overwhelm the earth. In the original film, a virus of sorts from outer space was mentioned as a possible reason. No one knows for sure if the outer space infection truly did cause the eventual and inaugural zombie apocalypse.
Answers may soon become more definitive. The plot synopsis reveals the origins likely are connected to a government project focusing on preserving human life. The tragic irony here would be the secret experiment eventually led to wiping out mostly all human life on the planet due to the rise of the dead.
No snap decisions went into the plans to make a prequel. Romero has been developing the project since 2014 and has raised money via crowdfunding to start the production ball moving. The time may be perfect for a prequel to the classic horror film. Zombie apocalypse television shows, films, video games, and novels are all the rage. Audience demand exists for such over-the-top entertainment. Cameron Romero has a far greater chance of raising funds for the film before the fad wanes. Then again, he doesn’t have to rush too much. The current popularity of zombie projects doesn’t look like its going to die down soon.