More zombie 2012 news (just can’t get enough), this time about the upcoming (May 18th) Zombie Summit 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. This year’s summit features Zack Snyder (director of the “Dawn of the Dead” remake) and Robert Kirkman (creator of “The Walking Dead”).
Zombie 2012: L.A. Zombie Summit
The zombie business isn’t for the meek. Just ask Zack Snyder, who ran in the face of genre tradition with his daring “Dawn of the Dead” remake, or Robert Kirkman, who shattered core assumptions about marketplace and medium with “The Walking Dead,” which began as a comic book epic (the Image Comics series is now closing in on its 100th issue) and found second life on television (last month’s second-season finale drew 9 million viewers, making it the most-watched basic cable drama telecast in history).
Snyder and Kirkman will take the stage together on May 18 at the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival to discuss, celebrate and debate zombies and a horror subgenre that seems to possess an undying appeal. The pair also will share their Hollywood survival tales and share tidbits about their upcoming projects — including Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which arrives in theaters next year with a new vision of Superman that includes a reworked origin tale and a sharp break from the hero’s previous screen appearances.
The program will begin with a 7 p.m. screening of Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” (2004), which marked the feature-film debut for a director who would go on to “300,” “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch.” The remake of writer-director George A. Romero’s 1978 classic became an international hit (the film cost $26 million to make and piled up $102 million at the box office) but also a divisive flashpoint for zombie fans (many were aghast to see “fast” zombies, a startling departure from the genre’s trademark sequences of slow, shambling corpses).