George Romero’s Unmade Zombie Musical, Explained
George A. Romero had previously planned to do a zombie-themed musical Diamond Dead, but it was canceled by the studio; here is the film not made, explained.
George A. Romero had previously planned to make a zombie-themed musical Dead diamond, but it was canceled by the studio; here is the film not made, explained. Romero is the creator of the modern day zombie myth and first rose to prominence in the 1968s Night of the Living Dead. This launched a long-standing franchise for the director and he inspired a new wave of independent filmmakers with his guerrilla shooting techniques.
the Undead The series consists of six feature films, all written and directed by George A. Romero, with the original trilogy (consisting of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and The day of the Dead) consistently named one of the best zombie movies of all time. While George Romero’s films have had an almost unprecedented impact on popular culture, he often struggled to function within the studio system, leaving behind a plethora of storylines and ideas abandoned after his passing. cancer in 2017. One such idea, a zombie-themed musical, had the makings of a cult classic – had a studio been willing to indulge in Romero’s crazy sensibilities.
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According to Wicked horrorRomero’s zombie-themed musical was called Dead diamond and told the story of a musician who joined a rock band, only to cause their untimely death. Face to face with Death (of the scythe-wielding variety), the musician strikes a deal – reviving herself and the band as a band of undead, flesh-hungry rockers. Configured to present music by Rocky Horror Image Show composer Richard Hartley and with Extraterrestrial Helmer Ridley Scott attached to production, Dead diamond was an attractive proposition and several big names circled it, including Johnny Depp and David Bowie. Unfortunately, the film was ultimately scrapped as it was considered too risky by the money men involved.
While Dead diamond never made it to movie screens, the project was eventually revived as a musical by Dead Rock Productions and performed at various festivals across the United States, winning the Capital Fringe Festival’s Best Musical Choice award in 2008. (via Coming soon). In addition, the years 2017 Anna and the Apocalypse – a lesser-known British film – combined Romero’s zombie musical concept with the teenage comedy and Christmas movie genres to create a bizarre yet critically-acclaimed mix of genres.
Although Romero passed away in 2017, his legacy lives on through another previously abandoned project, Twilight of the Dead, which should be produced in accordance with the wishes of his widow Suzanne. It is said that the film brings the Undead series to a more appropriate end than 2009 Survival of the dead and explore where the group of wandering zombies came from Land of the dead went after this movie ended. While Twilight of the Dead sounds like a beautiful tribute to the genre-defining work of George A. Romero, Dead diamond – a subversive take on the zombie tales the director loved and for which he was loved – reluctantly stays in development hell.
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