Hollywood is abuzz as a killer looms -- though no one's sure whether it's a fruit or vegetable.
After a decade of relative dormancy, killer tomatoes are back in a big way this year with an "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" remake planned for release in 2009, along with a brand new comic book adaptation of the original 1978 film hitting stores this week.
AKT's resurgence into pop culture comes thirty years after the B horror film parody arrived in theaters, spawning a series of sequels, video games and even a '90s animated series. The re-imagined "Tomatoes" film comes courtesy of Second Wind Entertainment with Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, creators of comedy Web site "Ask A Ninja" at the helm.
Nichols and Sarine's remake will reportedly take no prisoners, striking a decidedly darker tone than the original. Though still rooted in humor, the new film is said to be more akin to Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" series than the late '70s silliness of the source material.
Dale Mettam, writer of Viper Comics' "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" three-issue miniseries knows a thing or two about the psychology of murderous produce, but is keeping mostly mum on the details of the upcoming film. Mettam told MTV News of his encounter with Nichols: "At San Diego Comic-Con this year I had a very brief chat with Kent Nichols of 'Ask A Ninja.' He's currently working on that remake and he hinted at what they plan - but you'll get no spoilers here," Mettam wrote.
Mettam acknowledged that the freedom of working without a movie budget benefitted the "AKT" comic book with minor updates and intensified action sequences. "I wanted to maintain the low-budget vibe, but the movie folks wanted to exploit the lack of budget-constraints, so in (issue #3), the battle is really ramped up," Mettam said, "There are also a couple of chase scenes that needed to be reworked, because chases don't work that well in a comic book."
However well the updates worked for the comic, Mettam declined to take a firm stance on what action he'd take from a hypothetical director's chair. "Personally, I'd be torn," Mettam said, "I think there's some basic charm to the original movie. They clearly didn't have the budget to make the movie they had in their heads, so they embraced that fact and worked it."
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