Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday Fun Fact : 12/21/12

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Hey, wait a second ... it's Saturday.  Yea yea, I know.  It's the most stressful time of the year, and I'm running around like a madman trying to make sure everything goes smoothly come Christmas morning.  So you'll have to excuse me!
 
On to the Fun Fact for the week...
 
Did you know that the original plan for Return of the Living Dead was far different than the finished product we ended up getting?  The movie started its life as a novel, written by Night of the Living Dead co-writer John Russo, which served as a direct sequel to Night.  Tobe Hooper was attached to direct the film, and the plan was for it to be in 3-D, which was pretty popular at the time.
 
Around the same time the late Dan O'Bannon was brought in to touch up the script, Hooper left the project to make Lifeforce, and O'Bannon was offered the chance to both re-write and direct the film.  O'Bannon's script was completely different than Russo's, and removed all correlation between it and Night of the Living Dead.  It also replaced the serious tone of the novel with a more campy and comical one.

And thus, we ended up with the film that we all know and love.  Thank god for that, am I right?!

4 comments:

Hembree said...

I'd like to read Russo's treatment, but I doubt we would've got the meta, punked-up film we got. This movie makes me laugh so fucking hard it's not funny.

Wondering if Hooper could've shoehorned some Chainsaw goodness in there, though.

ZOMBIE HAYES said...

ROTLD is one of my top 5 horror films of all time...I love it. I would love to have seen what Russo and Hooper's version would have been like, though...

Mike Schneider said...

Russo published the original script as a book. You can get it on amazon for 15 bucks.

http://www.amazon.com/Return-Living-Dead-John-Russo/dp/1478256648/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_5

Mike Schneider said...

Not to be confused with the book which was just re-re-re-released as a PoD last month for $10. http://www.amazon.com/Return-Living-Dead-Original-Novel/dp/1480222283/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356239626&sr=1-10