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Punk Zombie Classic: The Return Of The Living Dead

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John Russo who helped write the screenplay Night of the Living Dead went on to write his own sequel to the 1968 film, called Return of the Living Dead.Since both Russo and Romero owned the rights to Night each of them retained privileges to its title.Romero kept Dead and Russo was able to keep Living Dead.John Russo wrote his screenplay the same year Romero released Dawn of the Dead (1978).An independent producer, Tom Fox, purchased his script and gave it to Dan O’Bannon.Return of the Living Dead was released into theaters one month after Day of the Dead and received an instant fan base and reputation as a punk inspired horror/comedy. Originally Tom Fox wanted Tobe Hooper to direct the film and supposedly it was to be in 3-D, but Hooper was tied up working on his film Lifeforce and could not take the job.Dan O’Bannon was connected to Lifefoce as the writer and had been interested in directing so Fox gave the script over to him.O’Bannon began his film career working along side John Carp…