Last month we learned that a group of enterprising zombiephiles had banded together to help George Romero, original master of the zombie flick, get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now we’re faced with the sad news that the campaign to get George Romero a Hollywood Star has been shut down by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Matt Mogk, founder of the Zombie Research Society and campaign organizer, made the following statement on the ZRS website:
“Our campaign to raise the $30,000 needed to pay for the Star has been protested by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. And because the Chamber is the entity that pockets the money and decides who gets the Stars it does no good to continue in the face of their hostility. Therefore the George Romero Star Project has been shut down. Huge bummer.”
When questioned about why the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce would protest the campaign, Mogk responded,
“It was protested because they didn’t like that we were announcing to the world that it costs $30,000 to get a star. Some of the comments and blog posts about the process were complaining that it was a scam that the Chamber gets $30,000 for every star. So they attempted to get us shut down on Indiegogo.”
Now the godfather of all American zombie movies and a true influence on the art of cinema around the world might go star-less on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when such artistic luminaries as Lassie and the Victoria’s Secret Angels all have stars of their own.
The goal of the campaign was to raise $45,000 to more than pay for the star and Romero’s permanent spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was to be funded through crowd-funding site Indiegogo. This October marked the 44th anniversary of “Night of the Living Dead”, Romero’s first, genre-defining, classic zombie movie.
When the campaign was announced, zombiephiles banded together to support Romero’s much-deserved star. Zombie pop culture icons such as Steven C. Schlozman (“The Zombie Autopsies”), Simon Pegg (“Shawn of the Dead”), John Carpenter and Steve Niles (“30 Days of Night” and “Remains”), and Steve Hockensmith (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” series and “Cadaver in Chief”) have all endorsed the campaign and some even made videos in support. Check out Hockensmith’s article on the Romero star campaign over at the LA Times.
At this time there is no news on whether or not the campaign will be revived or if other plans to get George Romero a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are in the works.
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