‘Night of the Animated Dead’ Director Talks Remaking George Romero’s Zombie Film

The 1968 film ‘Night of the Living Dead’ has become a classic in the horror genre thanks to the filmmaking skills of its director George Romero. The original film would continue with a franchise, a remake, and several spin-offs. For its 53rd anniversary, director Jason Axinn is creating ‘Night of the Animated Dead’ a remake told through animation.
Axinn was interviewed by SyFy about the animated remake and what was the “impetus” for the film.
“The project was started before I came on,” Axinn said. “But I know the original idea was to make a classic more accessible to modern audiences. And yet, generally, when people do remakes, it’s very easy to do something that an audience doesn’t like. We were very, very careful to make this a love letter to the original movie, Night of the Living Dead, but also include additions here and there throughout the film to make it exciting to people who’ve already seen the original who know it. They can watch this film and see the same movie but also be surprised by the new things that we added.”
He continued, “We wanted to make sure that the film is as close to the original as possible. Just because that way, when you watch this version of it, if you watch the original after it, you’ll see it’s very similar. The dialogue is exactly the same. We tried to keep iconic moments or iconic shots, all the nuance of the characters and how they fight. We wanted it to be so that you can watch this film and see Night of the Living Dead. But at the same time, we felt that if George Romero was making this film today, what would he do with the violence now that he’s got an unrestricted budget?”
“I thought that he would go pretty far with the violence because in animation, you can really do whatever you want. The other thing you have to watch out for is like is not making it cartoonishly over the top. I feel George Romero would have really wanted to push the boundaries of violence in an animated film. And so every time there was a place for violence, we made sure that we hit it as hard as we could. Also, we got to include a scene that’s not in the original film,” he added.
Warner Bros. Animation is handling production and will release the movie on September 21 digitally and stars the voice talent of Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katee Sackhoff, and Nancy Travis.
You can check out the trailer below:

 

Jacob Airey

Jacob Airey is a writer, nerd, YouTube host, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started the website StudioJakeMedia.com in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, music, and faith. He is also the author of The Seven Royals fantasy novel series.

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