Before I get off on a rant, I have to say that I am not categorically opposed to remakes, or even ones of beloved Romero zombie movies. The 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead--written by the Master himself and helmed by F/X ace Tom Savini--was, while lacking the sheer impact of the original, was a faithful update that, rather than pretending the first movie never existed, cleverly assumed the audience's
memorization familiarity and played off it. The gore effects were, of course, top-notch (Savini and crew used sources like autopsy photos to capture the appearance of a real corpse), and the acting superb--especially by leads Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman and Tom Towles--but what really impressed me was how the remake could have a substantially different storyline and still remain faithful to Romero's "we-are-our-own-worst-enemy" theme. And despite debuting at the start of the cynical '90s, the NOTLD remake managed a more (relatively) upbeat conclusion to the dark, nihilistic original (excellent review at Teleport City).
But this...it may have, as the writer contends, the potential to be a pretty decent zombie movie, and I'd be all for that, but it clearly has little to do with the original except the presence of a a mall. The world is already full of remakes that share little of the original's quallities--for example, quality--save the title. I hope the producers have the sense to hire a good horror director, and better still to drop the "Dawn" title and stop trying to ride on the Master's work any more than is inevitable when making a zombie picture.
But again, I'm not holding my breath.