Romero: Brad Pitt Ruined Zombie Films

Post-apocalyptic zombie survival tales are everywhere in the past five years or so, conquering the box-office (“World War Z”), television (“The Walking Dead”) and video game (“The Last of Us”) arenas.

In fact the genre has become so saturated that it’s hard to come up with fresh takes on it, especially for the man who effectively invented it – filmmaker George A. Romero. Romero spoke with Indiewire about why it’s so difficult for him to score financing for further zombie films:

“Because of World War Z and The Walking Dead, I can’t pitch a modest little zombie film, which is meant to be sociopolitical. I used to be able to pitch them on the basis of the zombie action, and I could hide the message inside that. Now, you can’t. The moment you mention the word zombie, it’s got to be, ‘Hey, Brad Pitt paid $400 million to do that.’…you couldn’t do a zombie film that had any sort of substance. It had to be a zombie film with just zombies wreaking havoc. That’s not what I’m about.”

Romero says the success of his 2007 film “Diary of the Dead” blind sinded him which lead to producers saying “let’s make another one quick” so he planned out a western and a noir. He did the western, “Survival of the Dead,” which flopped and so the other one fell away.