‘The Dead Don’t Die:’ Why Genre Filmmaking is Back

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Jim Jarmusch made a career as an auteur filmmaker but even he knows the future of Hollywood lies in genre movies.

There is no easy way to break into Hollywood. It’s a complicated network full of ideas, egos, and even on a good day you need some magic to get your movie to happen. But what if I told you there was a way to definitely stand out. A way that even auteur directors like Jim Jarmusch were taking to see their projects get greenlit?

The way is thinking and creating the genre space. And it’s paying off big time.

The Dead Don’t Die

In an interview with Film Comment, Jarmusch described what led him to this genre movie. “I wanted to make something entertaining but with some bite.” The Dead Don’t Die opens the Cannes Film Festival, and then hits at least 500 screens in France. It arrives in the U.S. on June 14.

The movie stars Adam Driver and Bill Murray as local cops who spring into action when a zombies attack the town’s citizens. Jarmusch shot the movie in upstate New York, and Murray went on record saying the director has “written a zombie script that’s so hilarious.”

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