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The Night of the Living Dead franchise is a collection of two series both based off of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. The first series is the collection of Romero films that follow after Night. The second series is John A. Russo's Return of the Living Dead series which also take place after Night, but follows a different storyline. The two series separated after Night due to a dispute between Romero and Russo.

Romero and Russo came to an agreement that Romero's works would be referred to collectively as the Dead Series while Russo's collective works would be known as the Living Dead Series

Dead SeriesEdit

Film Director Writer(s) Producer(s)
Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero George A. Romero & John A. Russo Karl Hardman & Russell Streiner
Dawn of the Dead George A. Romero Richard P. Rubinstein & Claudio Argento

Day of the Dead

Richard P. Rubinstein
Land of the Dead Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, & Peter Grunwald
Diary of the Dead George A. Romero & Peter Grunwald
Survival of the Dead Paula Devonshire & Peter Grunwald

Living Dead SeriesEdit

Film Director Writer(s) Producer(s)
Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero George A. Romero & John A. Russo Karl Hardman & Russell Steiner
The Return of the Living Dead Dan O'Bannon John A. Russo & Dan O'Bannon Tom Fox & Graham Henderson
Return of the Living Dead Part II Ken Wiederhorn Ken Wiederhorn Eugene C. Cashman, Tom Fox, & William S. Gilmore
Return of the Living Dead 3 Brian Yuzna John Penney Lawrence Steven Meyers, Brian Yuzna, Gary Schmoeller, & John Penney
Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis Ellory Elkayem William Butler & Aaron Strongoni Anatoly Fradis & Steve Scarduzio
Return of the Living Dead: Rave from the Grave

Remakes & Related WorksEdit

Several of the films from both the Dead series and the Living Dead series have been remade. These remakes have also spawned prequels and sequels of their own, though their relation to the Dead and Living Dead series are little to none. It is important to note that the majority of these works are considered non-canon to the Dead and Living Dead universes.

Film Type Director Writer(s) Producer(s)
Night of the Living Dead Remake Tom Savini George A. Romero Declan Baldwin & Christine Forrest
Night of the Living Dead 3D Remake Jeff Broadstreet Robert Valding Jeff Broadstreet
Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation Prequel Jeff Broadstreet & Robert Valding
Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D Remake Zebediah De Soto Zebediah De Soto & David R. Schwartz Simon West, Jib Polhemus, & Gus Malliarodakis
Children of the Dead Sequel Tor Ramsey Karen L. Wolf John A. Russo & Karen L. Wolf
Dawn of the Dead Remake Zack Snyder James Gunn Richard P. Rubinstein, Marc Abraham, & Eric Newman
Day of the Dead 2: Contagium Sequel Ana Clavell & James Dudelson Ryan Carrassi & Ana Clavell James Dudelson
Day of the Dead Remake Steve Miner Jeffrey Reddick James Dudelson, Robert Dudelson, Randall Emmett, George Furla, & Jordan Rush
Escape of the Living Dead Sequel John Russo -- --

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