1984’s Night of the Comet, written and directed by Thom Eberhardt, was so far ahead of its time, even hardcore horror fans didn’t know what to make of it. Remember, this was during the slasher subgenre’s heyday, a time when zombie offerings were few and far between and sci-fi movies looked like The Thing and Aliens.
Night of the Comet has nonetheless amassed an enviable following in the decades since its release and now, in the 21st Century, horror fans are primed for a genre-bender that blends elements of the undead with low-tech sci-fi and alien invasion tropes. To that end, we’re getting news that Orion is rebooting the 1980s cult horror-comedy!
Deadline reports that writer Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) has been hired to pen the reboot:
Benjamin recently wrote, directed, and produced feature thriller Body At Brighton Rock, which is currently in post-production and is set to be released by Magnet next year. She previously produced the V/H/S franchise and directed on horror movies XX and Southbound.
It’ll be a while until we receive casting information or a target release date, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional Night of the Comet remake news as details emerge. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the synopsis and trailer for 1984’s Night of the Comet below.
After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find that they’re among the only survivors of a zombie attack. The girls partner with another survivor, Hector (Robert Beltran), but as they try to avoid the zombies, they’re sought by scientists who want to experiment on their bodies in the hope of finding an antidote. Dodging both the doctors and the undead, they keep moving in the hope that they can continue to stay alive.