Romero Daughter WRITING New Zombie Film
With each passing year we have to face the invariable fact that, in the near future, the horror icons who’s work solidified not only my love for the genre, but the passion of millions across the globe, will pass away. The last few years have been quite possibly the worst, losing almost back-to-back Tobe Hooper and George A Romero, and Wes Craven not too long before that. But with each passing generations new voices come. New voices that excite the genre, instill hope in those wary of the future of horror, and sometimes they are the brood of icons of yesteryear. David Cronenberg’s son, Brandon Cronenberg, already made a splash in 2012 with his film Antiviral and it looks like another child of an icon is set to do the same! Bloody Disgusting broke the news from The Saunder Blog, a platform created by fashion designer Emily Saunders, that Tina Romero, daughter of late genre pioneer George A. Romero, is writing her own Dead movie!
While most of the interview centers around her career as a DJ (find her work as DJ TRx here) and the fascinating pop up quasi art installation parties she DJ’s like Confession and Hot Rabbit. And the tuned in horror fans ears will perk up when asked about the screenplay she is writing:
“Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.”
AMAZING. LGTBQ+ representation in horror films is still profoundly lacking despite new voices in the genre trying to upend that. Sadly, many horror fans still live in a box and I expect a backlash from the part of the community that can’t understand that glitter and choreography is probably the best thing to happen to zombies in a decade. Even already on BD’s original article, the first comments are “No...just no.” and “What an awful idea.” But I am sure those users will claim it’s JUST because of zombies. Sure. Suuuuure.
In Romero’s interview she has a clear, strong voice. Just like her dad. She wants to tackle a subject through horror in a way that we rarely, if ever, get to see. Just like her dad. She is putting a marginalized demographic in the driver seat, for us to experience a familiar story through an unfamiliar lens. Just like her dad. This is the type of zombie film we’ve been wanting, something that will take such a commonly used structure and imbue it with the electricity the walking dead gave us when the original Dead trilogy was released. Championing this new, diverse representation within the genre is exactly why Ghastly Grinning was started. And you bet your ass you’ll be seeing more of it.
Tina Romero says that Queens of the Dead will come out sometime in 2018, but, it’s show business folks! All she has said is she is writing the script, which I’m sure she we’ll direct (though that is not confirmed). In the mean time check out this DOPE music video Tina Romero co-directed with Emily Ray Reese from the band Shirley House: