"Dead" the series would blend elements of the four George Romero zombie horror films into an ongoing series. "Night of the Living Dead" was set in a rural atmosphere. "Dawn of the Dead" started in the media then progressed to a shopping mall. "Day of the Dead" covered the military and scientific side in an isolated environment. Finally, "Land of the Dead" takes place in the future assuming all aspects of military and government have been destroyed, leaving two distinct social classes in a claustrophobic fortified setting. The series would start in urban settings but include characters from a rural setting. Running parallel would be a government and/or military environment that would eventually include a scientific aspect. The urban settings would fall quickly into chaos leaving small pockets of humanity in the story. Rural settings would hold their own against the outbreak due to even victim to attacker ratio and a less dense population (does not spread as fast). Various urban (the mall), military (secret base) and rural (various terrain) sub-plots would emerge and hold for a while. The rural settings would maintain humanity until they are undermined by humanity, i.e. their eventual downfall would be at the hands of man, not zombie. As the rural and urban settings fall, the isolated military settings would take stage until they collapsed upon themselves. The series from that point forward would stay in the fortified pockets of humanity building and evolving themselves until a logical end of the series could be reached.
The "zombies" would be the main characters but never the "stars" so to speak. To bring a more scientifically believable aspect to a scientifically impossible situation would require some alteration to the zombie profile. Zombies would start out as what is referred to as "rage" zombies like "28 Days Later" and the "Dawn of the Dead" remake; fast and horrifically violent. Days later the zombies would denigrate as they fight off the things that make zombies impossible: rigor mortis, muscle loss due to energy expended without metabolic replacement, etc. The final result would be the grotesque "shambler" present in Romero's movies.
- the rural character(s), surviving but ending up in the fortified urban setting
- the news media personality, urban
- the mall security guard
- the scientist(s)
- the crooked individual turned good by the outbreak, urban, leadership
- the urban refugees: a nurse, a strip-club owner, a dancer, etc.
- military leaders poor in their leadership roles
- a Hollywood mogul (eventual leader of a fortress city)
- the cowardly bigot
- the independent know-it all
- the bigot
The timeline would start in an urban setting, mostly to get the rapid escalation within a believable context. That was one thing that I didn't like about "Night of the Living Dead", for a mostly rural setting the disease (just calling it disease for simplicity, who knows what really causes this) spread quickly. The DVD extras for the "Dawn of the Dead" remake had some good ideas that involved media hysteria and racial tensions that let the outbreak evolve quickly before anyone understood what was going on. The rural and military settings would integrate themselves. Eventually the three settings would have to fall leading to the fortress cities.
- Starts in rural settings where first death returns to the living: drug deal gone bad?
- Race riots covered by news
- Individual situations introduce some urban characters
- Descent into chaos
- Escape from news, end up at mall – new characters, let other's in?
- Common cause, uniting somewhat amongst the chaos
- Survivors; bus spots news chopper – eventually let it adding to group
- Television dies/pullback to Beverly Hills defensive perimeter (rich mogul)
- Doubts about leadership, each other, motives
- More survivors want in, debated over, zombie gets inside
- A hero dies (amongst others)
- Choices, more people = more supplies, less space, greater risk
- Leadership overthrown, citizens in control
- Use copter, strip club rescue – two more survivors, more food and supplies
- Cancer man dies, reanimates, people die; realization of what's going on
- The world is gone now/escape from LA (rich mogul)
- Maybe it's not so bad after all
- Too many chiefs?
- Separation in small places
- Contact over the radio
- Contact lost
- More survivors, don't let them in, moral dilemma
- Invaded part one
- Invaded part two
- Then there were four, isolated, escape plans made
- Fall of the mall
Pilot (rural setting)
- Characters meet in farm house
- News and tension
- Attempted escape, failure
- Rescued but what of the rest of the world?
- Hunting and killing
- Small town, eventually ruined
- Supplies? The group thins.
- Tension builds, the fight for leadership
- Go to the city? Head for the hills?
- The split, group thins
- Safe haven in a small town
- Return of the city's influence
- City pollution
- Fall of the small town
- Return to the farm house
- Uncertain future
- Back to basics
- Finally normal
- Attack of the posse
- Prisoners again, this time alone in the farm house
- And then there was one
- To the city, no place else to go
- Introduce some characters
- Military delegates to local law enforcement (who wish to handle situation)
- National Guard involved
- What to do? We don't know
- Deny everything/scientists start asking questions
- Rest of world starts to suffer, third worlds fall
- Use of military force, martial law, curfew that nobody can enforce
- Local law enforcement falls, overseas presence disappears
- Desperate realization that threat cannot be stopped
- Realization of what is going on, go public/scientific community tapped
- Rounding up the brains, not many survive
- Escape from Fort Pastor?
- Regroup at the capitol, leadership is failing
- Team assembles, President makes radio speech
- Escape from the capitol as zombies overwhelm government in a blood bath
- Into the bunker
- Watching as the world crumbles around them
- Searching for answers, major has ideas (STUN satellite radiation)
- Where are the answers? Is it God's work?
- More answers than questions
- Need more specimens; tension between military, scientists and "mad" scientist grows
- The major dies, leaving the colonel in charge
- The colonel asserts himself demanding results, scientists in fear
- Contact lost with other scientists, sense of gloom deepens
- The president is dead (government ceases to exist)
- The colonel oppresses more
- Scientist killed, soldier commits suicide, zombies attack, few escape
Just some ideas.