The Crazies: According to Variety, Paramount has tapped horror specialist Scott Kosar to pen The Crazies, a remake of George Romero's horror-thriller set up at Paramount-based Penn Station.

The film will update the storyline of the original, in which inhabitants of a small Pennsylvania town are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply.

Original was released in 1972. Penn Station principals Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris are producing and Romero, who directed and co-wrote the original pic with Paul McCollough, is exec producing.

Brian B.