When Connor MacLeod (of the Clan MacLeod) came back from death in the original Highlander, he got to carry around a cool sword, fall in love and chop off a bunch of heads while Queen played in the background. When George A. Romero's zombies came back from the grave in 1978's Dawn of the Dead, they got to...well, there was considerably less glamour in store for them. The words "flesh-eating" and "horrible plague" come to mind. But like the kilt-clad swordsman, they're getting another shot at walking among the living: Both cult classics are getting a new lease on life.
Sometimes when a writer or director embarks on a new but familiar project, the phrase "going to the well" is used. It evokes an image of someone with empty bucket in hand, going to the well of creativity, and dipping into it for inspiration. Repeatedly. In horror icon George A. Romero's case, you might say instead that he's going to the graveyard for his inspiration -- with a trusty shovel and a flashlight. According to Variety, the writer-director has begun work on an as-yet-untitled thriller, and the antagonists will once again be Romero's flesh-eating zombies pals. This time, they're rising from the grave to munch on their living relatives. And you thought your family reunion was bad.