The father of zombie movies apparently has no love for AMC’s "The Walking Dead." The website The Big Issue reports that George A. Romero said he turned down the opportunity to work on the show and described it as "just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally."
Romero brought zombies into the popular culture with his 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead," and revisited the genre in a series of classics including "Dawn of the Dead" (1978) and "Day of the Dead" (1985).
"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 said. "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.”
He added that he never called his creatures "zombies."
“No, never did. I never thought they were zombies,” he said. “To me back then, zombies were those voodoo guys who were given some sort of blowfish cocktail and became slaves."
Romero added: "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?”