USA Today chatted with the legendary horror director about his project for Marvel Comics, Empire Of The Dead.
After invading a rural Pennsylvania farm, the Monroeville Mall and the Florida Everglades, the iconic horror director is taking his zombies to his hometown of New York City for the first time with the Marvel Comics 15-issue miniseries Empire of the Dead, debuting in January.
“I could never afford to shoot there,” Romero, 73, says with a laugh.
It’s still the major metropolis everybody knows but a few years into its zombie apocalypse. Some things have reverted to a prior state — there are sheep grazing in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. Yet there are strong social and political elements: The mayor is one of the main characters and a female member of the living dead starts to show some real smarts.
“These zombies are starting to show sparks of real care and concern for each other,” Romero says. “I’m not going to go all the way to Omega Man where they take over the world, but I’m having a lot of fun with it. We’ve got some new rules and new characters, and we’re taking it in a completely different direction.”
There also is a major twist on Romero’s horror oeuvre that he’ll reveal at New York Comic Con Oct. 10-13.