News from Variety has surfaced that Paramount Pictures is to remake the classic George Romero low-budget film, The Crazies. The original film (made in 1972) deals with a local community in Pennsylvania who are infected with a secret biological weapon which is released into the water supply.
Producers Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris at Penn Station are producing.
"The project 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.
The original was released in 1972, four years after Romero's debut with Night of the Living Dead.
Romero, who directed and co-wrote the original pic with Paul McCollough, is exec producing. Par exec VP Ally Shearmur and veep Andrew Haas are overseeing for the studio while Katie Lim is supervising for Penn Station.
Penn Station signed a first-look deal with Paramount last year. Its projects include sci-fier The Girl Who Could Fly comedy The User, which Guy Walks Into a Bar is co-producing; and an adaptation of Michael Marshall Smith's sci-fi novel Spares, with Vertigo Entertainment partners Roy Lee and Doug Davison."