Five years ago Millennium Films produced a remake of George Romero's Day of the Dead. You'd be forgiven for either never knowing this or forgetting all about it, because it was an instantly forgettable film. It was directed by Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Parts II and III), and it did star Mena Suvari and Ving Rhames, but it was just an all around not good film clearly made to cash in on the brand recognition that comes with any "of the Dead" title.
Even though no one really liked it and it quickly went away, its financial prospects must have been okay, because now Millennium Films is returning to that well to produce yet another remake of Day of the Dead. This one is set to be directed by Mark Tonderai (of the very generic House at the End of the Street), and it currently doesn't have a cast, but it does have a pair of producers: Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell. If you recognize those names, it may be because they were recently behind Texas Chainsaw 3D. So you should expect a similar level of quality here, which means it will probably have a hot young cast and not much beyond that.
Honestly, we do hate to sound so pessimistic about any new movie project, but there's not much here that inspires confidence. It's obvious that the only reason it's getting a green light is because The Walking Dead is keeping zombies alive in pop culture. It was already sad enough to see Romero's great film about scientists living with crazed military personnel in an underground bunker getting one bad remake. Now that we've got a second one on the horizon, we think it may be high time that the zombie craze gets buried back in the earth until it can shamble forward in another decade or so -- and hopefully with a few new ideas in its cold, undead hands.
MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB: