Magazine article Screen International

Romero's 'Road of the Dead' to Get AFM Launch by Elle Driver, JoBro and EMAfilms (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Romero's 'Road of the Dead' to Get AFM Launch by Elle Driver, JoBro and EMAfilms (Exclusive)

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Elle Driver, JoBro and Emafiims will launch the project at this year’s AFM.

George Romero

Long-time George Romero collaborator Matt Birman is gearing up for the shoot Road Of The Dead, a new chapter in the zombie universe created by the late horror genre maestro before he died in July.

The pair co-wrote the script for Birman to shoot.

Birman served as 2nd unit director on Romero’s last three films Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.

This new chapter is set in a near post-apocalyptic time in which the last survivors of humanity have fled to an island, controlled by a despotic General. To keep his island subjects amused and distracted, he organises drag races with zombies, involving a human as bait at the finishing line.

In the backdrop, a genetic scientist is using the contests as a front to develop an antidote that will enable humans and zombies to live together.

Talking about the project just before he died, Romero said that the premise had been suggested by Birman.

“There was a sequence in Survival of the Dead where there’s a zombie that’s behind the wheel of a car, and Matt Birman proposed an idea: ‘How about zombies that remember how to drive!?’,’’ Romero is quoted as saying in a presentation of the film by Elle Driver.

Romero will take a posthumous producer credit on the film alongside Birman, Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell.

The Witch, Patti Cake$ and Pyewacket producer JoBro Productions & Film Finance and EMAfilms (Radius, Turbo Kid) are on board as producers with Elle Driver, Birman, Manjourides and Martell taking executive producer credits.

The production features a number of other Romero collaborators, notably special make-up effects creator Greg Nicotero, co-founder of the Oscar-winning special effects group KNB EFX Group and co-executive producer, supervisor and occasional director on The Walking Dead.

Other additions

Other new additions to the Elle Driver slate include Jérémie and Yannick Renier’s joint feature Carnivores, a modern-day Cain and Abel tale starring Leïla Bekhti as a failed actress who covets the success and settled family life of her younger sister, played by Zita Hanrot.

Paris-based Hugo Selignac and Vincent Mazel at Chi-Fou-Mi Productions are producing alongside Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne as well as Delphine Tomson. It is currently in post-production.

The company will also launch sales on Vincent Mariette’s Savage, thriller about a spate of missing teenagers in the South of France, starring Lily-Rose Depp and Laurent Lafitte, best known internationally for his role in Elle. …

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