George Romero’s EMPIRE OF THE DEAD Will Feature Zombies And Vampires

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romero 2It was just over a week ago that we heard George Romero‘s gigantic 15-issue series for Marvel would be called Empire of the Dead. The horror legend would be working on a story set in New York City a few years after his zombie apocalypse first started (you can read the original story here). We got a few story details when the news hit, but we were told to stay tuned for more at New York Comic Con. Well tonight we’ve learned what the big twist for the series will be: Romero is bringing vampires into the mix. The director was a surprise guest at the Cup O’ Joe panel where he let fans in on the big new development.

romero 1After a few other announcements were showcased at the beginning of the panel, Joe Quesada brought Romero out on stage as a special surprise guest. After the crowd calmed down, the director talked a little about the upcoming inclusion of vampires, saying “It’s a zombie story, of course, but there are other characters in it that are living dead but they are not zombies…[there are] two kinds of living dead, zombies and vampires, trying to survive.Romero will be bringing the other undead into his story to explore the haves and the have nots. The zombies are obviously the have nots. Romero assured fans that there would still be a strong “human component“to the event as well.

The director said that the project wasn’t inspired by a specific societal theme like some of his other films, it was just a mixture of several ideas he had. He said “There’s a lot of room to swim in and out of themes and character concern rather than a screenplay that has to be targeted at one crisis or another. It’ll be loaded with social criticism.

Finally, Romero said during the Q&A segment of the panel that he was glad he was doing a comic. He stated the hardest part of writing this story was wrangling in his ideas. He would have never gotten the budget necessary to film the movie version of what he’s doing in the comic. He also answered a fan’s questions about zombie speeds by saying “zombie’s can’t run.” So there we go, the final pieces of Romero‘s story are in place. Zombies, vampires, New York City, 15 issues. What do you think? Will you be checking this one out?

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