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George A. Romero

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George A. Romero is an American director and screenwriter, universally known for his 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead and its subsequent sequels. Romero is often credited for "creating the modern zombie"[1][2][3].

History with Resident Evil

The idea for the Biohazard (or Resident Evil) was inspired by Romero's Dead film(s) and shortly before the launch of Biohazard 2 in 1998, he was hired to write a script and direct a live-action trailer for that game's ad campaign that was to be broadcast only in Japan[4].

When Sony Pictures and Capcom greenlit the film adaptation of Resident Evil, Romero was initially hired onto the production as its writer and director. Romero's screenplay mirrored central plot points and events from the original Resident Evil game, such as the Arklay Mountains and mansion incident; Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine maintained their status as the protagonists and were romantically involved[5]. However, Romero's script was rejected[6] and production of the film was stalled shortly thereafter. According to an interview in Electronic Gaming Monthly, Yoshiki Okamoto cites that Capcom disliked Romero's script and he was fired[7]. The belief was that the story was too altered from the game's original premise and that it would ultimately alienate newcomers and fans alike[8].

See Also

George A. Romero's Resident Evil Movie Script


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