The inevitable remake of George Romero’s zombie classic Day of the Dead (and yeah, I suppose it’s a classic – I know plenty of people who worship it more than Dawn) now officially has a man behind the camera – Steve Miner. We actually heard this about a month ago, but they apparently decided to save the announcement until today, the actual Mexican Dia de los Muertos, which I can’t decide is nifty, cheesy or just inconsequential.
Miner’s previous horror experience includes entries in the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises, not to mention dabbling in the home and gator related frights of House and
The movie is being slapped together by Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla, who are also bringing back the tattered remnants of Rambo for a fourth flick. Millennium’s Avi Lerner says: “We are very enthusiastic about the marketplace’s continued demand for new and exciting horror pictures”, by which “new and exciting” translates to “a relatively inexpensive version of something we’ve already seen before, made for people who won’t watch anything made before 1990”. Sure it’s as utterly needless as most remakes, but hey, dare we hope it’s at least as engaging as Zach Snyder’s Dawn remake?
The original Day of the Dead was set in a zombie-surrounded military base containing a ragtag gang of civilians and soldiers (led by Joe “Choke on ‘em” Pilato), and a scientist performing gruesome experiments on the living dead, including training a particularly handsome rotter named Bub.