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George Andrew Romero was an American director and screenwriter, universally known for his 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead and its subsequent sequels. Romero is often credited for "creating the modern zombie".[1][2][3]

On July 16th 2017, George Romero passed away in his sleep after a brief but aggressive battle against lung cancer.[4]

History with Resident EvilEdit

Romero's film "Dawn of the Dead" (released in Japan as "Zonbi") was one of many films which inspired the original Resident Evil. Capcom later hired him to direct a live-action trailer for Resident Evil 2 in late 1997.[5] Following positive reception of the trailer, he accepted an offer to write and direct Constantin Film's Resident Evil film after Alan B. McElroy's departure from the project.

Romero's screenplay took inspiration from the original Resident Evil game, and included concepts from the Japanese story notes such as the Tyrant having an animal heart grafted to its chest. The characters however were radically different, with Chris Redfield being a Mohawk ranchworker and in a relationship with Jill Valentine.[6]

Romero's script, in his own words, was to have "a lot of action [and be] visually like Dawn of the Day".[7] However, while praised by producer Robert Kulzer, Berndt Eichinger was not willing to finance a film that could not be shown in cinemas or on television in its home country due to the violent content.[8] A number of drafts were made which failed to settle the dispute, and Constantin fired Romero instead.[8] The particular reason for the failure of the script was largely unknown, and Capcom's Yoshiki Okamoto instead assumed he was bad because the script was poor quality.[9]

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. How a Copyright Mistake Created the Modern Zombie
  2. Romero Invented Flesh Eaters
  3. Zombie (fictional) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  4. George A. Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Director, Dies at 77
  5. The making of George A. Romero's Resident Evil 2 Commercial
  6. Resident Evil (Romero Script)
  7. Romero's Unseen Evil
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fangoria: "Resident Evil: Girls, Guns and Ghouls".
  9. "His (Romero) script wasn't good, so Romero was fired"