Magnolia Films' genre imprint, Magnet Releasing, has secured the rights to bring Romero's latest horrifying vision of zombie doom to American audiences. Clear your calendars for this spring.
The company's press release yesterday heralds the film as "a new, terrifying vision that combines viscerally gory undead action with biting social commentary and a return to the black humor and playfulness of his seminal film, Dawn of the Dead." Whether that's true or not (I've read mixed reviews from festival screenings), it's still exciting to know that a new Romero film is looming on the horizon.
Magnet's release plans for the feature will see it debuting on VOD this spring. One month after that, it will play theatrically (on a limited number of screens, one would assume).
Romero's latest takes place on Plum Island, "a beautiful refuge whose isolation allows two powerful families to maintain a semblance of order in the wake of the zombie holocaust. But as the inhabitants slowly die off, the two clans become sharply divided: The O'Flynns believe that the undead must be destroyed without exception, while the Muldoons insist that afflicted loved ones be kept "alive" until a cure is found. The result is an escalating showdown with echoes of a classic Western stand-off that erupts in brutality and violence."
Take a journey with me beyond the jump to watch a Survival of the Dead clip.