George Romero Won’t Do “Walking Dead”

While he may have essentially created the whole zombie movie genre with “Night of the Living Dead,” filmmaker George A. Romero says he has no intention of getting involved with the most popular form of that genre at the moment – AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.

Talking with The Big Issue, Romero says the popularity of the zombie genre at the moments means he has no real interest in going back to it, even though the ‘Walking’ producers approached him about working on the show:

“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.