Source: The Big Issue
In an interview with Britain's The Big Issue, Romero was asked about the recent zombie craze, including an offer to direct episodes of The Walking Dead. He said that in his book, the zombie craze will never die, but right now it's almost too much.
Once they bleed out of pop culture I’ll be able to go back and do them again. I don’t want to touch them now. Gosh, they are all over the place. The Walking Dead is the number one television series in the States, World War Z, games, commercials… Ugh! It’s too much!
It feels like I don’t have a horse in the race. They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it. Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.
He goes on to share his thoughts on fast moving zombies, likening them in World War Z to army ants, but points out in the advertisements he saw they never called them zombies. Romero then talks about a break from zombie filmaking and his new project for Marvel Comics.
I wouldn’t want to do a zombie film now. I’m taking a step away. Empire of the Dead is a whole new fiction I’m working on with Marvel comics involving zombies and vampires together, fighting for the same food source.
Check out the full interview with The Big Issue.
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