George Romero recently sat down with Andrew Burns to discuss his life, career and zombies as part of an exclusive new interview featured in this month’s upcoming edition of The Big Issue. In addition to speaking about the Voodoo origins of the undead, modern movie zombies and his classic film Night Of The Living Dead… Romero revealed his reasons for turning down an opportunity to direct an episode of The Walking Dead.
“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Romero told The Big Issue. “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.”
Of course this attitude towards the popular television series is nothing new, as regular readers of the Zombie Research Society already know. While discussing a successful stage adaptation of Night Of The Living Dead with our very own David Marks, George Romero was quoted as saying that The Walking Dead “just pisses me off.”
“We did it, and we should have been involved if anyone was going to do it” he went on to explain during the interview. The comment touched off a bit of controversy among many zombie enthusiasts and fans of the television series itself. However with an upcoming comic book and film in the works, Romero is certainly busy enough with his own projects.
To read more of the exclusive interview with The Big Issue including additional comments on Zack Snyder, Dawn Of The Dead and World War Z… just visit their official website. And be sure to check out our recent interview with George Romero right here online at the Zombie Research Society!