Return of the Living Dead sequel news from CNN.com

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  1. moogong

    moogong Arte Suave

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    I am super happy cameras are finally rolling on this...

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Movies/08/10/film.zombie.reut/index.html

    Zombie movie filming at Chernobyl


    CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (Hollywood Reporter) -- You might have thought that Chernobyl was off-limits, closed to the outside world behind a rigidly patrolled exclusion zone since reactor No. 4 went into catastrophic meltdown April 26, 1986, spewing radiation to the four winds.

    Not a bit of it. The reactor's deadly core was buried in a concrete and steel sarcophagus, but the adjoining reactors carried on producing electricity until they were finally decommissioned a couple of years ago.

    A rotating staff of some 6,000 specialists and technicians still work at Chernobyl's scientific center. Hundreds of journalists, diplomats and tourists have been here in the past six years since the place was opened up to paying visitors, once safe areas away from the isolated and still highly radioactive "hot" zones were identified.

    Some 40 documentaries have been shot within the vast controlled zone that rings Chernobyl and the nearby town of Pripyat.

    Now, for the first time, a Hollywood feature film -- the zombie movie "Return of the Living Dead 4: Necropolis" -- has gained access to the infamous site.

    Ukrainian-born producer Anatoly Fradis is proud -- despite the obstacles and the cost. "Up to a couple of days before we began shooting, it was touch-and-go whether they would let us in, and I had to pay more than I had budgeted to secure the permission," Fradis says, standing inside Chernobyl's first checkpoint inside the zone.

    He's anxious to get started on two days of shooting on-location with director Ellory Elkayem and special effects zombie expert John Vulich of Optic Nerve Studios.

    For a zombie movie, there's an odd lack of gore-covered extras with vacant stares. A 1960s open-top, Russian-made Chaika limousine serves as a rock-steady rolling camera bed for 11 scheduled shots here.

    Most of "Necropolis" -- the fourth in a five-part series shooting back-to-back -- is shooting at the Bucharest, Romania studios where "Cold Mountain" was made.

    The zombie-free Chernobyl scenes are for the opening, in which a rogue ex-CIA agent is seen stealing the world's last five canisters of Trioxyn gas, the lifeblood of the living dead.

    "Chernobyl is very spooky and serves our purpose -- we are shooting in all these abandoned towns and villages, with rusting equipment lying around everywhere," Fradis says.

    The sense of a post-apocalyptic world dawns as we follow the Chaika around the Chernobyl district.

    Grass and shrubs sprout from holes in the sides of crumbling cottages. A graveyard for helicopters, fire trucks and other equipment used in the cleanup operation in 1986 stretches beside a road. In Pripyat, the deserted town that once housed the reactor's work force and their families, children's toys still litter the rubbish-strewn kindergarten, and fading Soviet slogans adorn the sides of gaunt concrete apartment blocks.

    It's an unsettling experience that should translate into a chilling opening sequence, perfect for a movie titled "Necropolis."
     
  2. Latency

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    wow, that actually sounds really wicked :).
     
  3. 17thJuggalo

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    That's an excellent location to shoot a zombie flick.
     
  4. Grim

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    Sounds bad ass. Can't wait for this flick. No chance of a theatrical release, right? :(
     
  5. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    Wow, actually that's a REALLY good idea. It's too bad that's only for the opening, that place would be great for all exteriors.

    Here, check out a site with lots of pictures:
    http://xpda.com/junkmail/junk153/chernobyl/
     
  6. Big Bobby D

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    Oh boy. More Return Of The Living Dead. It must be a slow day at CNN if they have to report a low budget zombie movie on their site. Why do sequals have to keep being made? They just suck more and more down the road, just look at F13,...Elm St, TCM, etc,
     
  7. anyone else flashing on the movie (I forget which one) that Agnes Moorehead and John Wayne were in near the US nuclear tests that may have given them the cancer that killed them? Moorehead and Wayne were just two of a few cast and crew that all died from cancer almost exactly 20 years after making the film.

    it's be interesting t see what happens to the crew of the Chernobyl shoot a few years from now.
     
  8. moogong

    moogong Arte Suave

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    they might slowly turn into zombies. that would be a cool film actually, zombie filmmakers actually turn into zombies...hmm...*starts typing screenplay*... :D :D
     
  9. Big Bobby D

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    ...zombie filmmakers turn into zombies!...
    Sorry, Dave Parker already beat you to it! (with his movie, The Dead Hate The Living!)
    :blabla: :banana:
     
  10. BloodMan

    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    Mehh... Elkayem is directing this... I found his Eight Legged Freaks to be quite fun in all its cheesinesses. Looking forward to this. :)
     
  11. moogong

    moogong Arte Suave

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    I dont consider that a movie.
     
  12. BloodMan

    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    Ya... Dead Hate The Living was bad. On my old trade list.. took forever to get rid of that one. :)
     
  13. wizzer

    wizzer get outta here ewe

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    So this is actually a Hollywood movie?
     
  15. Tuzotonic

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    I'm actually looking forward to a new ROTLD movie. I think if they were remaking the first one then my opinion would be different, but how cool would it be to see a zombie movie filmed at Chernobyl? It's the perfect spot to make a zombie movie. I'm not sure I would want to be an actor in this movie, though. The thought of devloping cancer is not high on the priority list. Why not add to the series? I don't think Busta Rhymes or Eninem will make an appearance so I think we're okay here.
     
  16. Cujo108

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    A zombie film taking place at Chernobyl should indeed be very cool. I'm looking forward to this film. Zombies rule, and its extremely hard to do a zombie film that's not at the very least fun. ROTLD II was a rare example of that, but I do doubt that this film would follow suit, unless of course the even numbered entries in this series are cursed. :lol:
     

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