Romero blasts Walking Dead for being too much of a 'soap opera'

The folks behind AMC’s The Walking Dead have been trying to get zombie auteur George Romero on board to direct a few episodes. But it turns out he’s not a very big fan of the TV series. Why?

Romero, best known for almost single-handedly creating the zombie movie genre with classics like Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, opened up to The Big Issue about why he declined invitations to be involved with the series. He loves the comics, but apparently the TV show doesn't pique his interest that much.

The main reason? He thinks the show is too much of a “soap opera” and prefers to use zombies as more than just brain-munching killers. That makes sense, sure, but The Walking Dead isn’t really about the zombies — it’s about the people. But, whatever.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it. 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.”

For Romero, the stance makes sense. Most of his films have used the undead to make a point, which is a very Twilight Zone way of sneaking in social commentary via sci-fi. But that isn’t what The Walking Dead is about. At all. The series is about people trying to retain their humanity in a world that has essentially lost all hope. Both zombie stories, sure, but very different approaches.

Though, you have to admit — wouldn't it be cool to see what Romero would have Rick and company doing if he got the reins for an episode or two?

(Via Digital Spy)