This will be the second time the film has been rebuilt from the ground up. Originally slated for theatrical release in 2007, Steve Miner's 2008 Day of the Dead eventually debuted on home video and failed to kick start its intended franchise. The original film was the final installment in George A. Romero's Dead series, which includes 1968's Night of the Living Dead, which has been remade numerous times over the years due to it being in the public domain, and 1978's Dawn Of The Dead, which was remade in 2004 under the direction of Man of Steel's Zack Snyder.
George A. Romero went onto make a number of other Dead films, which are arguably all part of one entire series (opinions differ). The new Day of the Dead will stand as its own singular franchise, thus, a reboot of what Steve Miner failed to accomplish a mere five years ago.
This new take will remain true to the storyline of George A. Romero's original, replacing the super speed zombies seen in the more recent remakes with the slow moving zombies of the first trilogy.
Lati Grobman explained.
"Contrary to other recent zombie remakes, our Day of the Dead will honor George A. Romero's original vision by reviving the slow, brooding zombie that terrorized so many of our childhoods. The trend of the fast, agile, 'sprinting' zombie creates a lot of great jump-out-of-your-seat moments, but it doesn't compare to the psychological fear and tension that builds when going up against George A. Romero's original undead army. Our goal is to reset the genre by finding the perfect balance between nostalgia and modernity, all while crafting a story that has both heart and brains - literally."
The storyline will take place in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, with a group of survivors living in a fortified enclave while trying to figure out how to reverse the calamity.
The plan is to start shooting Day of the Dead this winter with a budget of $10 million. It will be released in late 2014 or early 2015.