Zombie fans will have a new site to shamble now that legendary filmmaker and Carnegie Mellon University alumnus George Romero is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Considered the godfather of the zombie genre, his 1968 movie “Night of the Living Dead” has been included in the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, for its social commentary, and it was named one of the top cult films by “Entertainment Weekly” in 2003.
“Though it continues to be an incredible ride — and I am truly astonished by the work’s social impact — I have never done anything in a traditional way, and it is ironic that we have arrived at this juncture,” said Romero. “This is really for the fans!”
In all, Romero — a 1961 College of Fine Arts graduate — has directed more than a dozen films. His 1982 film “Creepshow” was partially filmed at CMU.
Some other CMU alumni with Walk of Fame stars on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street include Ted Danson, Mariette Hartley, Holly Hunter, Jack Klugman, Vaughn Monroe, Frank Parker and Stephen Schwartz.
In addition, actor Michael Keaton, a CMU Visiting Scholar at the Entertainment Technology Center, just had his Walk of Fame ceremony on July 28.
Joining Romero as part of the 2017 Class for Motion Pictures are Amy Adams, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt, Brett Ratner, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo and Rita Wilson. Other Walk of Fame categories include Television, Recording, Radio and Live Theatre/Live Performance.
Each recipient schedules his or her own star ceremony, and dates are typically announced 10 days in advance. Stay tuned!