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Writer Roxanne Benjamin Updates on Orion’s ‘Night of the Comet’ Remake

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As we learned back in October, Southbound and Body at Brighton Rock director Roxanne Benjamin was hired to script a remake of the 1984 horror-comedy Night of the Comet for Orion Pictures, her new take said to “skew horror-sci-fi rather than comedy.” Today brings an update via Benjamin himself, who lets us know that she has turned in the script.

Benjamin told MovieWeb, “I actually turned it in already. It’s already done. I like making girl buddy movies. I’m really drawn to female relationships and the complexity of female relationships, and how they change. And how their interactions can be both; we’re like terrible to each other and then we’re loving to each other at the same time. I don’t know. It’s very complex, female relationships throughout your life. So that’s just fascinating to me, in terms of how that works within a horror or genre setting, and I don’t feel like we get that much out of our genre.”

It’s always, it’s the trope. It’s the final girl. It’s one girl on her own. Obviously [Body at Brighton Rock] has one girl, so I can’t knock those kinds of movies, but that relationship in a scenario of the end of the world is fascinating to me,” she continued. “And I love the movie, the first movie. There’s so many great one-liners in that movie. The visuals are amazing and for a B horror movie of the time…I’m always shocked when people don’t know about it, or haven’t heard of it. It’s very confusing to me because it’s like you said you’d never heard of Weekend at Bernie’s or something. I mean, most people have heard of that, right? It’s not just me. I’m very excited about the prospect of that becoming a real thing.”

Benjamin added that she’d love to direct the film, but that’s in Orion’s hands at this point.

The cult original, written and directed by Thom Eberhardt, followed two sisters facing off against cannibal zombies after a comet wipes out most of life on Earth.

Writer in the horror community since 2008. Owns Eli Roth's prop corpse from Piranha 3D. Has three awesome cats. Still plays with toys.


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