Well, we reported that Brad Anderson was in talks to direct the remake of George Romero's cult classic film The Crazies (1972) a month ago (see here for the earlier news), and now Variety have confirmed that The Machinist helmer has landed the job.
Anderson will be reteamed with Scott Kosar (The Amityville Project and The texas Chainsaw Massacre) who he worked with on The Machinist, so the pedigree is certainly there to make a good 'remake' in the mould of the recent Dawn of the Dead re-imagining, not least becasue the original was such a great concept.
The Crazies will update the storyline of the original, in which inhabitants of a small Pennsylvania town are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. George Romero will act as an executive producer for the Paramount-based Penn Station project.
Made in between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, The Crazies is one of Romero's most underrated and enjoyable films, with echoes of his more well-known zombie themes as the inhabitants of the town gradually become insane and turn into slow-thinking killers.