Zombie godfather George Romero slams The Walking Dead calling it ‘a soap opera with a zombie occasionally’…
The Walking Dead may be the biggest thing on television these days, but the man who literally invented the zombie genre wants nothing to do with it.
Writer and director George Romero, who famously led the zombie apocalypse almost 50 years ago with his film Night of the Living Dead as well as the classic Dawn of the Dead, was asked to be a part of The Walking Dead and he said thanks but no thanks.
Actually it sounds more like he said ‘this zombie story sucks’ because when speaking to BigIssue.com, the godfather of zombies didn’t have a very kind word to say about the hit show on AMC.
“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Romero said. “Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”
Even at 73 years of age, Romero is more than capable of a verbal beat down via an interview, and it appears The Walking Dead landed on his radar like a fly he wanted to swat away.
While he won’t be involved in The Walking Dead, Romero isn’t giving up on the zombie culture he helped create. He will be doing a new five part Marvel comic book series that will debut in 2014.
Just don’t expect him to ring up Robert Kirkman to ask him how zombie comic books should be done. George is doing just fine without him.