‘Member that godawful remake of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead that came out in 2008 (directed by Steve Miner and starring Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, and Ving Rhames)? If you don’t or if you never saw it in the first place, consider yourself lucky. No list of disastrous remakes would be accurate without giving this dud top ranking. It was a shame, because while Day of the Dead has a huge cult following, it’s one of Romero’s more problematic masterpieces, meaning it’s ripe for reinterpretation.
Fast-Forward the best part of a decade and horror history is getting a do-over in the form of a 2nd Day of the Dead remake. This one’s helmed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens and stars a cast of unknowns. Not much is known about the film, but it was recently acquired for North American distribution by Saban Films. We don’t have a release date (or a trailer) either, but we’ve been told to expect Day of the Dead to rise from the grave sometime this Fall.
Press Release (via DreadCentral.com):
Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media. The trio of titles includes Day of the Dead, a remake of George Romero’s Day of the Dead directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens and starring Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, and Marcos Vanco; Paul Solet’s Bullet Head (formerly Unchained) starring Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody; and Isaac Florentine’s Acts of Vengeance also starring Banderas with Karl Urban, Robert Forster, and Paz Vega. The three films will be released in Q4 2017.
“Avi Lerner has long become synonymous with widely appealing action thrillers with marquee names like Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich, and Adrien Brody and films with the pedigree of Day of the Dead,” said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley. “This is perfectly in line with our acquisition strategy. Our audiences are starving for these types of films, and with this newly minted relationship we are thrilled to have a steady pipeline of these movies we can deliver to our audiences across the country.”
Official Synopsis: A small group of military personnel and survivalists dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies.
Day of the Dead stars Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, and Jeff Gum.
We’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge. In the meantime, check out the trailer and synopsis for the original Day of the Dead below.
Official Synopsis: The living dead regroup above while humans (Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato) sweat it out below in a Florida missile silo.