'The Walking Dead': George Romero turned it down because it's a 'soap opera'


"The Walking Dead" might be bringing in record ratings, but that doesn't make zombie godfather George A. Romero any more of a fan. The person behind modern zombie fiction says that, in his opinion, "The Walking Dead" can barely call itself a zombie TV show.

"They asked me to do a couple of episodes of 'The Walking Dead' but I didn't want to be a part of it," Romero tells The Big Issue. "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."

Then again, Romero says his movies were never about zombies, but about different creatures entirely that have now morphed into the modern version of zombies.

"To me back then, zombies were those voodoo guys who were given some sort of blowfish cocktail and became slaves," he says. "And they weren't dead so I thought I was doing a brand new thing by raising the dead. Not that the dead haven't been risen before ... It goes back to Jesus, doesn't it?"

"The Walking Dead" isn't the only zombie project Romero isn't a fan of. He didn't have very nice things to say about Zack Snyder's remake of "Dawn of the Dead" or the recent hit "World War Z."

"I guess Zack Snyder started that with the remake of 'Dawn of the Dead' -- fast-moving zombies, but the zombies in 'World War Z,' my God, they're like army ants! But in all the adverts here they never called it a zombie film," he says.

"The Walking Dead" airs Sundays on AMC at 9 p.m. ET.

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