George A Romero has revealed he turned down the chance to direct episodes of The Walking Dead.
The horror maestro, credited as the Godfather of the zombie genre, was asked if he would like to be involved in the hit Andrew Lincoln-starring series, but rejected the offer.
“I love the books,” he told cult site io9. “I’ve been waiting to see the whole first season which I missed due to travelling. Producers called and said, ‘do you want to direct some of these’ and I said no.
“I didn’t really think that it was me.”
Romero made his first film, Night Of The Living Dead, now hailed as a classic, in 1968, followed by the equally lauded Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead. The director, now 71, added more films to the series too and has overseen remakes of his originals too.
He’s currently working on a screenplay for his next announced project The Zombie Autopsies.
The Walking Dead began in October, 2010, and sees former Teachers and This Life star Andrew Lincoln play a deputy Sheriff in a small Georgia town, adjusting to life in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
The second series of the show began earlier this month.