Penn Station preps Romero redo
Paramount Pictures is going with “The Crazies,” setting up a remake of George Romero’s horror-thriller with Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris to produce at their Penn Station shingle.
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.