Entertainment Stephen King, James Gunn, Jordan Peele & More Pay Tribute to George Romero

11:57  17 july  2017
11:57  17 july  2017 Source:   ETOnline

Legendary director of 'Night of the Living Dead' George Romero dies aged 77

  Legendary director of 'Night of the Living Dead' George Romero dies aged 77 George Romero, also know as the Zombie Master, has passed away at the age of 77, his family have said. Romero was well known for his classic 'Night of the Living Dead'. The noted director died after a battle with lung cancer; the family said he died while listening to the soundtrack for 'The Quiet Man'. Horror director, Eli Roth, said: "Hard to quantify how much he inspired me & what he did for cinema. Condolences to his family." Then adding: "Romero used genre to confront racism 50 years ago. He always had diverse casts, with Duane Jones as the heroic star of NOTLD." Roth was not the only horror notable to voice his grief at Romero's passing. King of horror, Stephen King wrote: "Sad to hear my favourite collaborator and good old friend, George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you." Night of the Living Dead, along with being a classic film, reinvented the zombie genre, handing down rules about the undead that would stick for decades. Romero was born in New York City in 1940, growing up in the Bronx. He later graduated from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. After 'Night of the Living Dead' came 'Dawn of the Dead' and several other zombie films Romero made. Speaking to the Associated Press nearly a decade ago, Romero spoke of why he loved the genre: "The zombies, they could be anything," he said "They could be an avalanche, they could be a hurricane. It's a disaster out there. The stories are about how people fail to respond in the proper way. They fail to address it. They keep trying to stick where they are, instead of recognizing maybe this is too big for us to try to maintain. That's the part of it that I've always enjoyed.

— Stephen King (@ StephenKing ) July 16, 2017. MORE : Stephen King 's Greatest Film and TV Adaptations, Ranked! Romero started it. pic.twitter.com/i4dnxi8EFV. — Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) July 16, 2017. PHOTOS: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years.

Stephen King , Guillermo del Toro, Max Landis, Jordan Peele , and more paid tribute to Romero and the influence he had on their lives. — Stephen King (@ StephenKing ) July 16, 2017. Romero has passed away. Hard to find words right now.

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On Sunday, horror movie icon George A. Romero died after a battle with lung cancer, surrounded by his family.

Now, With his creative flame extinguished, many of his friends, colleagues and admirers are paying tribute to the beloved director, and sharing the ways in which his career and legacy impacted their own lives.

Horror author Stephen King -- who worked with Romero several times over the years, including their collaboration on the cult classic Creepshow in 1982 and The Dark Half in 1993 -- took to Twitter to share a few words of love for his friend.

"Sad to hear my favorite collaborator--and good old friend--George Romero has died," King wrote. "George, there will never be another like you."

Legendary director of 'Night of the Living Dead' George Romero dies aged 77

  Legendary director of 'Night of the Living Dead' George Romero dies aged 77 George Romero, also know as the Zombie Master, has passed away at the age of 77, his family have said. Romero was well known for his classic 'Night of the Living Dead'. The noted director died after a battle with lung cancer; the family said he died while listening to the soundtrack for 'The Quiet Man'. Horror director, Eli Roth, said: "Hard to quantify how much he inspired me & what he did for cinema. Condolences to his family." Then adding: "Romero used genre to confront racism 50 years ago. He always had diverse casts, with Duane Jones as the heroic star of NOTLD." Roth was not the only horror notable to voice his grief at Romero's passing. King of horror, Stephen King wrote: "Sad to hear my favourite collaborator and good old friend, George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you." Night of the Living Dead, along with being a classic film, reinvented the zombie genre, handing down rules about the undead that would stick for decades. Romero was born in New York City in 1940, growing up in the Bronx. He later graduated from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. After 'Night of the Living Dead' came 'Dawn of the Dead' and several other zombie films Romero made. Speaking to the Associated Press nearly a decade ago, Romero spoke of why he loved the genre: "The zombies, they could be anything," he said "They could be an avalanche, they could be a hurricane. It's a disaster out there. The stories are about how people fail to respond in the proper way. They fail to address it. They keep trying to stick where they are, instead of recognizing maybe this is too big for us to try to maintain. That's the part of it that I've always enjoyed.

Stephen King , James Gunn , Jordan Peele & More Pay Tribute to George Romero .

Stephen King (I). Stephen King , James Gunn , Jordan Peele & More Pay Tribute to George Romero (From Entertainment Tonight. 16 July 2017, 6:15 PM, PDT).

In 1968, Romero released the revolutionary horror film Night of the Living Dead. Aside from essentially launching the mega-popular zombie film genre, the black-and-white classic was notable for featuring Duane Jones, a black actor, as the main protagonist of the story.

At the time, it was incredibly uncommon for a black actor to play the hero in U.S. cinema, especially as the lead of an otherwise all-white cast. Romero said at the time that Jones was simply the best choice and actor for the role.

Comedian and director Jordan Peele -- who recently became the first black writer-director to have a debut project break the $100 million (C$126M) mark at the box office with his horror thriller, Get Out -- paid tribute to Romero and his landmark casting choice.

George A Romero has died

  George A Romero has died Legendary horror movie director George A. Romero has passed away after battling lung cancer.George A. Romero has died.

“ Romero Started It”: Horror Masters from Stephen King to Jordan Peele React to George Romero ’s Death. — Stephen King (@ StephenKing ) July 16, 2017. Director John Carpenter also counted Romero as a friend

The likes of Stephen King , Jordan Peele and Eli Roth have all taken to social media to memorialize Romero James Gunn ’s Touching Tribute to Horror Film Great George Romero (From The Wrap. 16 July 2017, 4:47 PM, PDT). Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Director George

"Romero started it," Peele tweeted, alongside a photo of Jones from Night of the Living Dead. 

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took to Facebook to share a lengthy message thanking Romero for creating films that changed the way Gunn thought of movies and Hollywood when he was young.

"Seeing Night of the Living Dead as a child not only scared the living hell out of me, and made me forever jump at creepy children, but it was so incredibly DIY I realized movies were not something that belonged solely to the elites with multiple millions of dollars but could also be created by US, the people who simply loved them, who lived in Missouri, as I did, or Pennsylvania, as you did, or anywhere," Gunn wrote.

"I picked up an eight millimeter camera, mixed some Karo syrup with some red food dye to make blood, and began making movies - specifically, having my one brother eat my other brother onscreen, alive. I was eleven. That was the first moment of my film career, and it was spurned on because of you," he added. "Thank you, George, for being a part of my life for a long, long time, in so many different ways. Rest in Peace."

George A Romero has died

  George A Romero has died Legendary horror movie director George A. Romero has passed away after battling lung cancer.George A. Romero has died.

Romero 's horror films influenced everyone from horror author Stephen King to filmmakers such as James Gunn , Eli Roth, Jordan Peele and Scott Derrickson, just to name a few.

— Stephen King (@ StephenKing ) July 16, 2017. George Romero was a great director, the father of modern horror movies. He was my friend and I will miss him. — Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) July 16, 2017.

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