And in more 3D news, Zebediah de Soto's animated prequel to George A. Romero's 1968 zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead, has announced an official cast. The Hollywood Reporter has listed Jesse Corti, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Joe Pilato, Alona Tal and Cornell Womack as the voices for De Soto's CGI happy, 3D re-imagining of the film.

You already know the story; zombies attack humans and humans fight to stay alive. Corti (Heroes) will play a news reporter and Womack (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) is a no-nonsense New York cop. Harris (Halloween II) is a woman coming to grips with the absence of her family and Pilato (Dawn of the Dead 1978) is voicing Harry Cooper--a regular Joe who lives for his injured daughter. His wife Helen, played by Tal (Supernatural), blames her husband for all the ills of the world. Moseley (Carnivale) is reprising the role he had in the 1990 live-action remake, Living Dead, as a Wall Street-type with a money talks attitude. De Soto said the casting is "a nod to Romero fans." Perhaps he forgot that Romero fans don't like when you get all rapey with one of their favorite films.

De Soto revealed that he was not allowed to watch television as a child, but when he finally saw his first horror movie, Night of the Living Dead, it made such an impression on him that he was hooked. He also hopes to change the zombie trope by playing it out on an "epic scale," and setting the film outside of an enclosed environment. His inspiration for this was unavoidable. "I lived through the L.A. riots and saw the city on fire...And with 9/11 these images have been ingrained on people of my generation." Is that idea really new? Artists, writers and filmmakers have been imagining the grand scale of the zombie apocalypse for some time now. De Soto also told The Hollywood Reporter that he wanted to make the film look like "...a living Monet; it's expressionism." He's developing new CGI technology with his effects partner New Golden Digital to achieve an "American-style anime."

Peter Hall updated you on this project in September and my spidey sense tells me he's still irked. Can't say I blame him. The film's producer has admitted part of the appeal of the project is because it's in the public domain, and that just reeks of stupidity. Remakes are unavoidable but Romero's film was already made into a 3D nightmare in 2006. So, Romero fans speak up. Do you think De Soto can pull this off? Is the animation and 3D going to be one serious cluster@!#$ or do you welcome it with open arms? Discuss.
CATEGORIES Movies, Horror