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Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D will have epic scenes of zombie carnage

Posted by LiveFor on October 3, 2009

zombie apocalypse demotivatorZebediah de Soto has been talking to STYD about his work on the 3-D CGI Night of the Living Dead film subtitled “Origins,” co written by David Schwartz and produced by Simon West Productions. It sounds as if he wants things to be on a much larger scale than those seen in George Romero’s zombie films.

“I want to see a helicopter clipping its propeller on a building and careening into a crowd of people. Zombies going through the streets. A thousand people tearing each other apart, zombies tearing them apart, total chaos,”

“One of the first horror films I owned was Night of the Living Dead, it made a huge impression on me,” he explains of the impetus driving the project. “There are all of these interesting little back stories in terms of the other characters, but we only got to follow Barbara in the original. They were always describing these really big scenes, like Ben says a truck is chased down by a horde of zombies. I always wished I could have seen that.”

“It’s not a prequel,”
he maintains. “I loved Romero’s movie and there are so many people out there raping it to death, I didn’t want to be next in line to the gang bang. But I really wanted to do something that was a little creative but an homage to what he was doing. I want to see a zombie movie on the scale of [the Max Brooks novel] World War Z and the only thing I changed in terms of the terrain is that we go into New York City. This is a post-9/11 world we live in and how would people react to this if it really happened? How would they respond? For me, one of the things missing from zombie films is effects done on a level no one has ever seen before like Spider-Man or The Hulk. Those effects applied to a zombie film.”

I love the fact he name checks World War Z as that film appears to be in development hell for the moment. He is right of course. We have yet to see large scale zombie effects. The closest we have got to that are the scenes in the video game Dead Rising with hundreds of zombies on screen at the same time.

All environments and characters will be created in CG via De Soto and Gus Malliarodakis’ New Golden Digital. De Soto goes on to talk about the look of the film “it lends itself more to the movie 9 in that I want this to look like a living painting. The only thing that ever came close to that idea is Zack Snyder’s 300 but this is a bit more stylized than that. I originally came from comic books and I was a graphic artist for nine or ten years. I always wanted to see something like this.”

Danielle Harris has already been cast to star as Barbara. For the role of Ben, De Soto is trying to get Mos Def (Be Kind Rewind). “I loved his performance in Monster’s Ball he’s great in that. His people responded, expressed interest and we sent some numbers to them. We’ll see.”

Night of the Living Dead: Origins is currently in production with a 2010 release date in mind.

De Soto has said he wants to unveil a teaser trailer this Halloween. “I know so many people get pissed off about this movie being redone again, but it’s not the same regurgitated bullshit. We’re taking this seriously.”

It looks as if De Soto has the right mindset for the film. Fingers crossed it will be as good as we all want it to be.

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