Day of the Dead (1985), while not as highly regarded as Night of the Living Dead or Dawn of the Dead, is fairly well-regarded among zombie fans. Especially considering George Romero‘s later “of the Dead” films varying quality and influence. So, in that regard, a remake of Day of the Dead is not entirely sacrilegious among fans.
Well, Syfy is going to remake Day of the Dead as a 10-episode series. Syfy’s previous zombie series, Asylum’s Z-Nation, was an entertaining and pulpy oddball, but it was generally a good show. It was one of the big two zombies shows on TV. Z-Nation offered some intentional camp as opposed to The Walking Dead‘s accidental camp.
It doesn’t sound like a remake…
According to Variety, the show will “tell the intense story of six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion. It is described as an ode to Romero’s famous flesh-eaters that reminds us that sometimes all it takes to bring people together is a horde of hungry zombies trying to rip them apart.”
Which doesn’t really sound like Day of the Dead. Sure, it has zombies and survivors, but all zombie stories do. There is no indication of the presence of an underground facility. The setting added to a lot of the anxiety present in the original film. The biggest issue, though, is that the original took place a substantial amount of time after the outbreak. This adaptation is said to be rooted firmly in the first 24 hours.
Is this a case of an existing concept being shoe-horned into the mold of something that already existed? We’ll find out.
Coming soon to Syfy
Produced by Cartel Entertainment, Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Drew Brown will lead the series development. Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson, and Jordan Kizwani serve as additional producers. Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas serve as both writers and showrunners.
Unfortunately, we do not have a great deal of information about the series as of yet beyond the 10-episode order. Please stay tuned to Haunted MTL for future news regarding this remake.