Zombie fans, rejoice! (We hope.) George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead was picked up by The Weinstein Co. Tuesday night, according to indieWIRE. The Weinsteins took North American rights, plus Mexico. Now here's the (potentially) good news: The Hollywood Reporter says "several offers were considered, including some for video-only distribution. The Weinstein Co. deal includes a theatrical commitment." The deal closed somewhere in the range of $2 million to $2.5 million.

In his recent review, our own Scott Weinberg says: "The creator of the zombie genre has popped back up with a new indie flick that's sure to entertain anyone who's followed the guy's career for the past 30-some years. ... It's a stand-alone and entirely fresh take on the inevitably impending zombie apocalypse." Like Scott, I'm a long-time fan of Romero, but when I read the TIFF program description (film students making a horror flick document dead people coming back to life), I was afraid that it sounded too much like just another faux documentary, but the reviews in general have agreed with Scott and been quite positive.

The film screens at TIFF one more time on Friday night, September 14. It has also been announced as the opening night presentation of Fantastic Fest in Austin on Thursday night, September 20. Beyond that, it's a crap shoot, frankly, considering that the Weinsteins are so unpredictable with genre fare. Zombie fans everywhere in North America and Mexico are hoping that the Weinsteins will give Diary of the Dead a wide release, and not just a delayed, unpublicized, contractually-obligated release in a minimum of locations before it hits DVD. Nothing beats a cinema filled with people screaming and laughing at a really good horror flick.