We here at Eatmybrains have been following the production of Diamond Dead for some time, largely thanks to it's unique (and frankly amazing) website which is publishing all the news from the production offices as it happens.
It was a bit of a blow to hear recently that George Romero would have to postpone his involvement in the project (he's off to shoot Land of the Dead and who can blame him really?) But unfortunately this may have a knock-on effect with Diamond Dead as producer Andrew Gaty has recently posted a new diary entry highlighting some funding problems that they have run into.
Andew Gaty: "On the movie side, things are a bit slow. The financing from the UK could not wait – we would have needed to finish before April 5 (end of the UK tax year), so for the moment we are still waiting if the investors are willing to do it again for the next tax year. At present we seem to have anywhere between 50-75% of the financing. In some respects it was unfortunate for our financing that George had to do Land of the Dead before Diamond Dead, but he had little choice. If I were George, probably I would have done the same. That’s how it goes in this crazy business. But we will never give up.
Had a lunch meeting with Zach from Scott Free the other day and we discussed a few alternatives, which I can’t go into just yet. If the play succeeds, I would imagine investors will be more confident to write the check.
Thanks again for your interest and support, it means a lot to us."
On the plus side though, the Landless Theater stage production of Diamond Dead is still going ahead in Washington. It opens on September 30 and runs through October.