Great news for zombie fans, particularly of the Romero variety! SyFy has ordered a 10-episode run for a series based on George A. Romero’s 1985 classic, Day of the Dead. While the details of the overall story are unclear, it does sound like the premise will be veering away from the underground military bunker where the original film took place. SyFy says that Day of the Dead will be “the intense story of six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion.” The series will be written and showrun by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas and is produced by Cartel Entertainment, which gave us last year’s excellent Creepshow reboot.
While the story sounds much more Night of the Living Dead than Day of the Dead, this news is very promising. The show is already in good hands and while zombies have become a bit overplayed in mainstream media in the last decade, drawing from the original source of George A. Romero promises the possibility of returning to the filmmaker’s more socio-political style of horror storytelling. Also, the original Day of the Dead film gave us Bub, one of the most iconic zombies in cinema history, so here’s hoping they find a way to work him into the TV series as well.
Along with the news about Day of the Dead, SyFy also ordered a series from Blue Ice Pictures called The Surrealtor.
The series will be produced by Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron, along with George Olson, who will also act as showrunner. The Surrealtor will follow an elite team of specialists who clear out haunted and possessed houses that would otherwise scare off potential buyers while dealing with their own personal problems. The premise alone sounds like it could produce something equally spooky and charming, maybe along the lines of something like the FX TV adaptation of What We Do In The Shadows.
Both series are entering pre-production now and Day of the Dead is scheduled for a 2021 release. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on both of these equally exciting productions in the days to come!