Radar Pictures has announced from Sundance that the company will produce “Origins” from writer/director Cameron Romero, a prequel origin story to his father George Romero’s seminal low-budget horror “Night of the Living Dead.” That black-and-white genre benchmark grossed over $30 million worldwide upon its 1968 release, and spawned five more “Living Dead” entires.
Slated to begin production later this year, “Origins,” which is currently out to cast, is centered at the height of the 1960s Cold War, where one scientist’s military-funded attempt to save the world from itself unleashes its worst nightmare.
From a screenplay by Cameron Romero, Darrin Reed and Bryce C. Campbell, the partly crowdfunded “Origins” will be produced by Radar’s Ted Field along with Aldo LaPietra, Bryce C. Campbell, Darrin Reed, and Romero. Executive producing for Radar is Mike Webber and Thomas van Dell.
Producer Reed’s tough-looking drama “Lila & Eve,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis, world-premieres at Sundance on January 30.