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|Night of the Living Dead: ORIGINS|
Test render for the film
|Directed by||Zebediah De Soto|
|Written by||Zebediah De Soto|
|Music by||Jermaine Stegall|
|Preceded by||Night of the Living Dead|
New York, a city of the hopes and dreams of many Americans, lies in ruin. The streets and skyscrapers that symbolized the strength and prosperity of a people have become places of horror and despair. The cultural hub of the western world is now home to only ash and blood. For the few people left alive there is only one dream – Survival. Zombies, the living dead, have taken the city. Ben (Tony Todd) and Barbra (Danielle Harris) find themselves trapped and fighting to escape the hordes of undead that walk the streets.
Re-envisoining the classic
In 1968 George A. Romero released the groundbreaking film Night of the Living Dead. In 1999 the movie was recognized as a cultural classic and was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Film Registry. Director Zebediah De Soto has recreated the classic in a new fully 3D animated style that de Soto refers to as “American style anime.” The movie was filmed with a new proprietary real-time effects system nicknamed “the beast,” which allows the director to film the CG animations as though he were on a live set. De Soto brings the chaos and fear of real world disasters to the big screen by taking the zombies out of the rural mid-western town and into the densely populated city of New York. In De Soto’s reenvisioning, subtitled “origins”, there is more focus on the back stories to the characters, with emphasis on the hopes, dreams, and loved ones lost amidst the chaos of the zombie apocalypse. 
The movie is a re-telling of the original film, set in New York City rather than rural Pennsylvania. Mos Def was originally cast as a voice actor, but after a short time, he was released from the project.