Just a few hours ago, Fangoria.com dropped a major bombshell. After a chat with producer Richard Rubenstein, the magazine website reported that Rubenstein--who is George Romero's former business partner and owns the rights to the second and third films in his Dead series--plans on making a sequel to the original Dawn of the Dead.
Now, any fan of Romero's work knows that the sequel to Dawn of the Dead was made 23 years ago, and it's called Day of the Dead. Seems that Mr. Rubenstein is talking about a direct continuation of the events of Dawn--which I'm assuming means that it'll pick up on what happened to Fran and Peter after they escaped the Monroeville Mall. Which is something I would've been interested in--if Romero were doing it. As it stands, I'm sure this is bound to give Romero fits--just the latest injustice committed against him by his one-time collaborator. And as good as the Rubenstein-sanctioned Dawn of the Dead remake turned out to be, I just can't imagine much good coming out of this new project.
Oddly, Fangoria buried the news of the Dawn sequel under their scoop on Rubenstein's planned re-release of the original Dawn of the Dead using 3-D technology. That seems like the secondary news item to me, although it will be cool to see the flick on the big screen. I could do without the 3-D, though--yet another unauthorized bastardization of Romero's hard work. If you ask me, I think whoever came up with the lame-brained idea probably got it from this classic pic:
And while that will certainly make for one hell of a 3-D shot, it doesn't justify an entire movie by any means.