Man of Steel director Zack Snyder’s career was kicked into high gear with his swell 2004 remake of the George Romero zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, and now it appears that a follow-up remake may finally be coming to fruition. After first announcing plans for a redo earlier this year, Deadline reports that Millennium Films has now tapped Mark Tonderai (House at the End of the Street) to helm a modern day remake of Romero’s 1985 Dawn follow-up Day of the Dead, which revolved around a small group of military officers and scientists dwelling in an underground bunker during the zombie apocalypse. The new film will take place “years after the zombie plague has wiped out most of Earth’s population” and will center on a team of scientists and survivors who, in trying to find a cure for the zombie epidemic, end up opening a Pandora’s box.
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Interestingly enough, this new film will actually be Millennium’s second stab at a remake of Day of the Dead. The studio was behind the 2008 direct-to-DVD film of the same name starring Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon. Tonderai most recently directed last year’s Jennifer Lawrence-fronted House at the End of the Street so he has experience in the horror genre, and Millennium Films is hoping to start production on this new Day of the Dead next summer, assuming all the right pieces fall into place. Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell are onboard to produce. As long as The Walking Dead continues to dominate the television landscape, don’t expect to see the zombie craze slow down anytime soon.
Watch the trailer for Romero’s 1985 original below.