It's Official: Zombie Classic 'Day Of The Dead' Is Getting A TV Series Reboot

It's Official: Zombie Classic 'Day Of The Dead' Is Getting A TV Series Reboot

The zombie-horror movie from 1985 is all set to come to the small screen possibly from the 2021 season, thanks to Syfy.

Since The Walking Dead first premiered in 2010, the popularity of zombie shows went through the roof, spawning a subgenre with series like Fear The Walking Dead, iZombie, Helix, Glitch, Town of the Walking Dead and plenty more. And now, yet-another zombie-based show is set to make it to the small screen. If reports are to be believed, Syfy has already placed a straight-to-series order for the TV adaptation of 1985's cult classic Day of the Dead. NBC Universal, Syfy's parent network, has given the green light for the series after deciding to skip the entire pilot process. The new series is expected to debut in 2021 and will be based on the film by George A. Romero.



This isn't the first time Syfy has given a straight-to-series order to a horror show either. According to comicbook.com, the network has also given similar orders for the adaptation of  Chucky, for which the original creative team behind the franchise is set to return, The Surrealtor, and Vagrant Queen. 

A still from the movie. Image Credits: IMDB/Day of the Dead


Like the original, this new adaptation will follow the story of six strangers who have to fend for themselves and survive the first full day of a zombie outbreak. It is being described as a tribute to the famous flesh-eaters created by Romero and sets to remind us that sometimes all it takes to bring people together is a horde of hungry zombies trying to rip them apart. The story for the show is being written by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, who will also be credited as showrunners. Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, Drew Brown, Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson, and Jordan Kizwani, meanwhile, serve as executive producers, while Cartel Entertainment and HiTide Studios will bring the show to life.

Image Credits: IMDB/Day of the dead


Deadline reveals that this is the network's attempt to gravitate towards being a horror-heavy network. The report by Nellie Andreeva and Denise Petski reveals that "Syfy has been investing in high-end scripted content with a focus on edgy, younger-skewing shows with off-kilter sensibility, including comic book adaptations." Romero's Day of The Dead released first in 1985 with Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Richard Liberty, and Joseph Pilato featuring in key roles, and with Richard P. Rubenstein donning the producer's hat. The movie was made with an estimated budget of $3.5 million and made over $34 million to turn into a box office success. On the critical front, the film has received 83% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has gained a 7.3 rating out of 10 out of over 60k votes on IMDB.



Joining the show on NBC Universal's 2020-2021 will be The Surrealtor, Vagrant Queen, and Chucky. The Surrealtor is a series in which Nick Roman, a realtor,  and an elite team of specialists take cases that no one else can:  haunted and possessed houses that literally scare would-be buyers away. This show also has a 10-episode straight-to-series order with Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron serving as executive producers while George Olson takes over as showrunner. Vagrant Queen, produced by Blue Ice Pictures, is based on the comic of the same name and will premiere on March 27. Details on the Chucky series, however, are yet to be revealed.

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