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Another Romero redo?

05.17.2004

I think even the most die hard George Romero fan will admit 1973's THE CRAZIES wasn't his best effort. It was his return to the horror genre after NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (and a little-seen non-horror flick titled THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA) but it hasn't had the lasting effect on popular culture like NIGHT or DAWN OF THE DEAD did. But that hasn't stopped the Hollywood remake machine from updating this film into the present. Paramount has acquired the rights to a sequel for Dean Georgaris to produce. Georgaris is a writer of many a Paramount project including TOMB RAIDER 2, PAYCHECK, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3. This project will mark the production debut of Georgaris and his new company Penn Station. The film follow the events that unfold in a small Pennsylvania town when a plane crashes in the area spilling biological waste into the water supply. From there the residents start slowly going insane and eventually the military is called in to restore order. Only it's not that easy... While CRAZIES was not a great film, it does seem like a concept ripe for the plucking of a remake. Studios shouldn't be remaking great films, they should (if they must remake at all) remake films that had a good concept but missed the mark. Perhaps Georgaris can actually improve on the original this time around? As a postscript, I find it funny that Romero films are being plucked up right and left for big-budget remakes but the man himself is struggling to find financing for his next film, DIAMOND DEAD...

Source: Variety
Tags: Hollywood

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