If you're a fan of 3D then you not only have PREDATOR to look forward to but George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD as well. This one managed to slip under the cracks during Comic-Con but apparently Romero's classic zombie flick is coming at us in all three dimensions. From the sounds of it, this one might be here sooner than we think. Read on for the goods!
Richard P. Rubenstein, who owns the rights to the film, is putting together the conversion and he is in the homestretch, says Deadline. Rubenstein started this crusade in 2007, and while he’s not sure what he will do with the newly converted film, he so far has one hour and 31 minutes finished of a two-hour, six-minute film. He expects the conversion to be done by early fall.
Here's what Rubenstein had to say: “It is proving to be more 3D-friendly than many films, because George’s style was to compose within the frame, rather than across frames… That means there is a lot of action within each frame, from front to back, and it makes the conversion process more friendly. It’s like you’re moving the audience closer to the movie. What I didn’t want to do is not edit anything George did in his original movie, and nothing has been altered in this process”.
Whether you want DAWN OF THE DEAD in 3D or not, you've got to hand it to Rubenstein who has put not only a hell of a lot of work into it, but a crazy amount of money as well. Apparently the conversion has cost in the $6 million range, which is nuts considering the original film only cost around $685,000 — damn! There are no release plans just yet but we'll be sure to keep you guys up to date as things move along.
In 1968, director George A. Romero brought us NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. It became the definitive horror film of its time. Eleven years later, he would unleash the most shocking motion picture experience for all times. As modern society is consumed by zombie carnage, four desperate survivors barricade themselves inside a shopping mall to battle the flesh-eating hordes of the undead. This is the ferocious horror classic, featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini, that remains one of the most important – and most controversial – horror films in history. When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth: The original DAWN OF THE DEAD is back!