One of the ’80s most underrated sci-fi gems is about to get a modern remake, courtesy of the resurgent Orion Pictures.
Orion was responsible for some of the most iconic genre films of the ’80s and ’90s, like RoboCop, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and The Terminator, but the brand went dark in the late ’90s. The label was resurrected a few years ago by MGM, and since then Orion has returned to doing what they do best: making awesome movies (like the upcoming Child’s Play reboot). And their most recently-announced project could be their best yet.
Deadline reports that Orion is set to remake the 1984 sci-fi/horror/comedy mashup Night of the Comet. The original starred Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney as Reggie and Sam, two teenage girls who survive an apocalypse caused by the Earth passing through the tail of a comet. The event causes nearly everyone else on the planet to turn into cannibalistic zombies, and it’s up to the two sarcastic teens to save the world — after they have a little fun, of course.
The new incarnation is set to be scripted by Roxanne Benjamin, who was a writer/director on the 2015 horror anthology film Southbound. According to Deadline, Benjamin’s version will lean more into horror and less into comedy than the original did, but we’re sure it’s going to be just as fun.