When James Gunn was offered the opportunity to write the screenplay for Dawn of the Dead, he couldn’t have been happier. In the documentary Surviving the Dawn, the author proudly admitted that not only did he love zombie movies, but the second part of George A. Romero’s iconic undead series was his favorite of them all.
On the other hand, fans of the horror classic weren’t so pleased, to say the least. Explaining to the Scream Factory the difficult situation he was in, Gunn revealed it was so bad that petitions were circulating calling for his sacking and he even received death threats. He said: “It was an incredibly difficult time in my life because here I was, this guy who had always thought of himself as at least the offbeat rock ‘n’ roll screenwriter that people seem to think of me as today. But I had written the ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie.”
Years before Guardians of the Galaxy, The Suicide Squad, and even his directorial debut with Slither, the screenwriter was only known for writing not one, but two Scooby-Doo movies, which was unacceptable to many hardcore fans. However, opinions began to change after Harry Knowles of the then highly influential site Ain’t It Cool News read the script and said it was one of the best zombie movie scripts he’d read, although he still believed it that it shouldn’t have been a remake of the original.