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?!