Horror fans will be happy to know that there are still dozens of unproduced George A. Romero scripts that could be made into films. The legendary filmmaker played a huge hand in crafting the horror genre, and Romero is often credited with inventing the modern zombie horror genre. Unfortunately, Romero passed away last summer at the age of 77 after a battle with lung cancer.
Romero was mostly known for his horror classic Night of the Living Dead, but worked as a writer, director, and producer on various other projects. Romero directed a total of six Living Dead films, the last of which was released in 2009. He also worked as a writer on projects such as Tales from the Darkside, Creepshow 2, and Monkey Shines. Romero had been in the film industry since the ’60s and even after his death, his legend lives through the movies he crafted and terrorized audiences with. Now, it appears that the filmmaker might still be able to give audiences new scares through his unproduced scripts.
In an interview with ComicBook, Romero’s wife, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, revealed that there are almost 50 unproduced scripts that her husband left behind. While his wife explained that author Daniel Kraus is still working on Romero’s unfinished The Living Dead novel, she also teased that horror fans could potentially see some of his films get developed some day. Desrocher further explained, “He loved to write, and we have 40, 50 scripts that he’s written, and a lot of it is very good. He had a lot to say, and he still does, because I’m gonna make sure that he does. It’s my mission”.
It was previously reported that there were four unproduced Romero scripts, but it is now known that there could potentially be way more than four scripts getting movies. One movie fans could possibly see is Road of the Dead which was going to be a loose sequel to his 2005 film Land of the Dead. Romero’s son also announced last year that he would be making a prequel to Night of the Living Dead which will be called Rise of the Living Dead.
Even though Romero passed away over a year ago, his work continues to impact the horror genre. Many movies and TV programs such as AMC’s The Walking Dead were clearly influenced by Romero’s work. Even films that don’t have zombies like Jordan Peele’s Get Out took a page out of Romero’s playbook by mixing horror with satire about American society. Romero’s work will truly live on forever, especially if other filmmakers develop movies using his scripts. Regardless of whether these films ever see the light of day, horror fans will surely be relieved that the possibility still exists.