Geez! There goes the neighborhood. In 1910, Halley’s Comet returned. Everyone thought they were going to die then. In the 1984 comedy horror cult hit Night of the Comet, the Earth passes through the tail of a comet. The last time that happened was 65 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs. Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) will write the screenplay for a Night of the Comet remake for Orion Pictures, according to Deadline.
Thom Eberhardt’s 1984 doomsday cult movie told the story of two sisters, played by Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart, who battled cannibal zombies after an exctinction event. “A huge comet passes near the earth, vaporizing nearly the whole planet,” reads the official 1984 Night of the Comet synopsis. “Only a few teenagers, who were inside a steel movie projection booth, survive–all those outside were turned to dust. But a few partially exposed people are now hideous, blood-thirsty zombies–and they begin a deadly hunt for the last remaining humans.”
The film, which was originally called Teenage Comet Zombies, inspired a slew of horror movies with strong leading female protagonists, like Joss Whedon’s Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The film was made for about $700,000 and earned $14 million at the box office.
The remake will tilt more towards science fiction than comedy. Benjamin is best known for the V/H/S horror franchise and the horror movies The Devil’s Candy, Southbound, and a segment in the horror anthology XX. She is currently in postproduction on the upcoming thriller Body at Brighton Rock.
Orion will also remake Child’s Play, as well as the upcoming The Prodigy, with stars Taylor Schilling, Gretel and Hansel, and the Bill and Ted reboot.
There is no word on when the Night of the Comet remake will begin production, and no release date has been set.
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