Verbal Diorama - Episode 255 - Dawn of the Dead (1978) & Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Verbal Diorama

Episode 255

Dawn of the Dead (1978) & Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Published on: 16th May, 2024

After Night of the Living Dead, George Romero branched out, not wanting to be typecast as a zombie movie director. It was a tour of the Monroeville Mall that put the idea in his head, of a satire about consumerism. He would quickly have a rough idea in his head, a follow-up venture into the world of the undead.

Romero and his producer Richard P. Rubinstein started the process of procuring US investors for his new zombie movie, but no one showed any interest. No one in the US anyway.

Romero's friend Dario Argento would not only give him a place to write the movie in Rome; he'd also help him secure financing for Dawn of the Dead, but Romero would have to give him distribution rights to the non-English version of the movie, and the freedom to edit his own cut in return...

Fast-forward to a post 9/11 early 2000s, and producers Eric Newman and Marc Abraham approached Rubinstein with their vision of a reimagining of Dawn of the Dead. Rubinstein had never granted the remake rights before, but there was something about their pitch that won him over. James Gunn would step up to write, and a young Zack Snyder would get his feature directorial debut...

I would love to hear your thoughts on Dawn of the Dead (1978) & Dawn of the Dead (2004) !

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The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.