You kids these days. You have no appreciation for what hardships we, the old bastards among you, had to endure. Why, there was a time when we waited twenty goddamn years for a new Romero zombie flick. Then after the Last Great Zombie Year of 1985, we got Land of the Dead in 2005. And then you got Diary of the Dead just last year. Now there’s a sixth Romero zombie flick happening already. As in the thing’s written and George is already shooting. That’s three Romero zombie flicks in five years, if we take it that the untitled sixth film will hit cinemas next year. So in just five years we’ve doubled the amount of Romero zombie films. I hope you kids appreciate this.
Anyway, the film is zombies vs. people on an island. So Island of the Living Dead is as good a pull-it-out-of-my-ass title as any. The cast announced is Alan Van Sprang (Diary), Kenneth Walsh (Exorcism of Emily Rose), Devon Bostick (Land), Richard Fitzpatrick, Stefano Colacitti and Athena Karkanis.
Now first of all, let’s not get overly excitable about this. Films go in and out of development all the time. If I had a dime for every time the Interwebs went apeshit because of the latest Superman 5 news, I would already be able to quit my day job. And how long did that film take to hit cinemas so it could fail? Years and years. Neuromancer has been in development for the last ten years at least. And people get attached to films all the time, for various and sundry reasons I won’t get into here. So let’s all stay as calm as we can, caffeinated as we are.
As for who we think should be cast, I would still think a great deal of our old DreamCast (still in the archive, we’ll get to it eventually) would be valid. I don’t have a problem with Christensen personally, although I think Jumper will prove him one way or the other to sci-fi geeks, now that he’s got a real director working with him. I mean, let’s face it: if all you knew about Natalie Portman was the prequel trilogy, you’d think she sucked too.
If there’s one thing Lucasfilm has been able to do consistently for thirty years straight, it’s…well, it’s certainly not release badass movies. No, instead it’s give out nifty Christmas cards. From pop-up stormtroopers to R2 the red-droid reindeer to…well, Yoda Claus (who uses the power of Force to deliver all the gifts in one night, hmmm?), they’re all pretty cool in one way or another.