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Overture to remake ‘The Crazies’

Breck Eisner will direct George Romero update

Overture Films will produce and distribute “The Crazies,” a remake of the 1973 George Romero pic.

Redo will be directed by Breck Eisner from a script by Ray Wright and Scott Kosar. Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris will produce; Romero will serve as executive producer.

Production is set to begin early next year.

“Crazies” revolves around people in a small Kansas town who are beset by a virus that causes insanity and death after a mysterious toxin contaminates the local water supply.

Project was previously set up at Rogue Pictures and Paramount. Overture CEO Chris McGurk and chief operating officer Danny Rosett felt it was a good fit for the company’s expanding slate.

“We’ve been trying to move into horror fare that is clever and smart,” McGurk said.

Overture’s upcoming releases include “Nothing Like the Holidays” on Dec. 12 and the Dustin Hoffman-Emma Thompson starrer “Last Chance Harvey” in late December.

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