The Walking Dead creator: George A. Romero’s ‘inspiration cannot be overstated’

“There are so many things to say about this man, my friend, my mentor and my inspiration,” wrote Nicotero on Instagram. For what he gave us all with passion and fire, his unrelenting spirit will live forever. Romero, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 77. “#RIPGeorgeRomero,” wrote Hurd on Twitter. “For what he gave us all with passion and fire, his unrelenting spirit will live forever…Never ending love to him and his family.” Nicotero worked as an assistant to special effects legend Tom Savini on Romero’s 1985 film Day of the Dead   as well as appearing in the film and was makeup effects supervisor on 2005’s Land of the Dead. Blessed that I was honored to present him this award late April in Pittsburgh where IT ALL FUCKING STARTED!!!! — Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) July 17, 2017

The sad news keeps rolling in. It has never been a secret that both the Walking Dead comic and the TV show owe a huge debt to Romero’s original zombie trilogy: 1968’s   Night of the Living Dead, 1978’s   Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. “His inspiration cannot be overstated. The Walking Dead   comic creator Robert Kirkman has paid tribute on Twitter to Night of the Living Dead director George A. His inspiration cannot be overstated. Romero, there is no Walking Dead. “But it’s still hard for me to realize how influential that film was.”

Without George A. Prior to the show’s premiere in 2010, Nicotero told EW that Frank Darabont, who developed the series, used Night of the Living Dead as “the holy grail in terms of zombie performances.”
When this writer subsequently related that information to Romero himself, the director expressed amazement. A post shared by Greg Nicotero (@gnicotero) on Jul 16, 2017 at 2:51pm PDT

#RIPGeorgeRomero #Legend and #HorrorHero https://t.co/xOPg7CLFD6
— Gale Anne Hurd (@GunnerGale) July 16, 2017

Love and respect to dir George Romero, without whom the Dead could not walk. “It’s very nice of Frank to think that away,” he said. “#Legend and #HorrorHero.”
Finally, Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary has tipped a hat in the direction of the late horror icon. He started it all, so many others followed.”
Two other Walking Dead executive producers, Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd, have paid tribute to Romero on social media. “Love and respect to dir George Romero, without whom the Dead could not walk,” wrote McCreary on Twitter. “Without George A. There are so many things to say about this man, my friend, my mentor and my inspiration. #RIPGeorgeRomerohttps://t.co/Q982bvLuAh pic.twitter.com/cPmJ4cmKgx
— Bear McCreary (@bearmccreary) July 16, 2017

Show Full Article Never ending love to him and his family. Romero, there is no Walking Dead,” wrote Kirkman, who   is also an executive producer on AMC’s hugely successful adaptation. He started it all, so many others followed.