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3-D zombies? I’m in.

logo224For those of you who are loyal Movie Chutzpah readers — at this point, I’m night_of_the_living_dead_1pretty sure there’s only one of you :] — you already know my affinity for zombie movies, especially anything and everything by George A. Romero. Yes, that includes “Diary of the Dead”; it’s got its faults, but it’s still pretty badass.

Anyways, Romero’s first foray into the zombie epidemic, the black-and-white classic “Night of the Living Dead,” is being updated — it’s already been colorized in a previous update — to include 3-D. As if zombies weren’t scary enough, now they’ll be reaching out a the screen at you, your brains and your popcorn buckets. Ahh! This, according to an interview that MarketSaw conducted with Greg Passmore, who masters in converting 2-D movies to 3-D. Here’s part of the interview:

MarketSaw: Hi Greg – wow! NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of my all time favorites! How did you come to the decision to convert NOLD to 3D?
I really love the film Jim. When I started talking about it around the office, much to my surprise, I found lots of other people here who also love the film. It just seemed like a natural. Legend has, by far, the best copy and colorization of the film. I pestered Legend for months to get them to agree to let us do it.

MarketSaw: What sort of distribution have you come up with for the movie?
GP: Originally it was slated for VOD and 3D DVD. We have found some strong interest in European distribution and maybe even limited theatrical in the US. Ultimately however, the film is destined primarily for home entertainment

Now, I’ve already come out once before against making classic movies 3-D — when I found out George Lucas was planning on making the original “Star Wars” trilogy 3-D I nearly lost it — but this, to me, feels different. I think, based on Lucas’s history with inexplicably altering his films, we can all agree that the short-stuff responsible for one of the greatest trilogies in American cinema history is hooked on banking on his past work. The useless updates to the old trilogy, the trainwreck that is the second trilogy, the bastardization of “Indiana Jones” — Lucas has made a lot of money by recycling his old, incredibly popular, work.

There are two distinct differences between all of the Lucas bullshit and rebooting “Living Dead” with 3-D

One — There’s no doubt that “Star Wars” 3-D would make a lot of money. It would be released wide to sold-out theaters and, even though I’m sure many trilogy loyalists would complain, they would all go see it. On the other hand, “Living Dead” 3-D clearly isn’t about making tons and tons of money. If — by some chance the project actually is released in theaters in the U.S., which doesn’t sound likely — it’s going to be a very limited release, with most sales coming from DVD and, probably, Blu-Ray. Therefore…

Two — “Living Dead” 3-D is about the fans. “Star Wars” 3-D clearly isn’t. Romero’s zombie fans, while they’re grossly outnumbered by “Star Wars” fans, are probably some of the most loyal enthusiast of any movie franchise. They deserve a shout-out every once in a while, you know, something like SUPER AWESOME 3-D ZOMBIES! Yeah, the project may not make a lot of money for anyone involved, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about pleasing one of the the most loyal and lost-standing (I mean, this franchise started in the 60s and is still going strong) fanbases in the realm of movies with a new idea (3-D zombies) that is a tip-of-the-cap of sorts to their standing by Romero these last four decades.

3-D zombies? Hell yes!


December 23, 2008 at 3:31 am 1 comment