Day of the Dead Remake Production Updates

Day of the Dead Overview:

Yet another Horror film is getting the dreaded reboot/remake. Screen Daily reported back in May 2016 that production to Day of the Dead was set to begin. The film is a Campbell Grobman Films and Nu Image / Millennium Films development.

This is not the first time Day of the Dead resurrected for modern audiences. A straight to DVD reenvisioned model released in 2008. Steve Miner directed the film based on the screenplay written by Jeffrey Reddick. The artistic direction Miner took with his direction went on its own distinct course. The 1985 original is the third installment in a zombie franchise created by George A. Romero.

The synopsis for Day of the Dead (2008) reads as follows:

When a small Colorado town is overrun by the flesh hungry dead a small group of survivors try to escape in a last ditch effort to stay alive.

Hèctor Hernández Vicens will direct upcoming reboot to Day of the Dead. The writing team consists of the following:

Lars Jacobson (screenplay)
Michael McGrale (story consultant)
Mark Tonderai (screenplay)


The feature has a basis on the characters created George A. Romero. Whether the film will be a frame-by-frame adaptation of the 1985 classic remains to be seen. The upcoming promotional material will shed light on the creative strategy for the film. Recent news has drawn focus on the still developing cast. Australian actor Marcus Vanco secured the lead role portraying the character Baca Salazar. Vanco took to social media platform, Instagram to showcase his newfound badassery.

A photo posted by Marcus Vanco (@marcusvanco) on

The Day of the Dead cast includes Actor Johnathon Schaech. Schaech is said to portray the character Max, a human/zombie hybrid. The veteran actor posted a behind the scene glimpse of his undead role on Twitter.

The cast also includes Sophie Skelton as Zoe Parker, Jeff Gum as Miguel Salazar, Mark Rhino Smith as Alphonse and Lorina Kamburova as Abby. Actress Sophie Skelton and Johnathon Schaech were showcased in the production stills, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting (featured below). 

On the subject of reinventing a timeless classic, a reboot is more than welcome. That is subject to praise stemming from my personal appreciation for the zombie sub-genre. The fact is Reboots have become a standard practice for Hollywood. Looking at the upcoming slate of Horror releases the majority are in fact reboot/remakes.

Where is the originality? The track record for these endeavors is depressing. Horror themed reboots have a high percentage of failure. The risk lies in trying to entice audiences with rehashed ideas.

Most Horror entertainment news outlets may offer praise toward reboots. As entertaining as it may be a Day of the Dead remake is a questionable approach to the genre. Why do we need another reboot to a film with a previous reboot? Energy should focus on reinventing the zombie sub-genre.

In closing, The Day of the Dead cast and crew merit a round of applause and gratitude for their hard work on the production.

The film is scheduled for release sometime in 2017.

The synopsis of Hèctor Hernández Vicens’ Day of the Dead reads as follows:

The post-apocalyptic tale follows a former medical student tormented by a dark figure from her past, who happens to be a half-human, half-zombie hell-bent on destroying her. Nu Image holds worldwide rights excluding the Middle East.



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