Night of the Comet is getting the remake treatment.  The cult 1984 horror science-fiction film is being remade by Orion Pictures, the MGM-based distribution company that’s also behind the upcoming Child’s Play remake.

While no cast or director have been announced for the remake, Deadline reports that Orion has tapped Roxanne Benjamin to write the script for the re-imagining.  Benjamin previously served as a director on the anthology horror films Southbound and XX and was a producer on the V/H/S film franchise.

Released in November of 1984, Night of the Comet told the story of two sisters who must confront a zombie apocalypse after a comet destroys most of the life on Earth and turns most of the human survivors into flesh-hungry cannibals.  Joss Whedon has credited Night of the Comet for being one of his inspirations for the creation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney played the two sisters in the original film, which was directed and written by Thom Eberhardt.  Made on a budget of approximately $700,000, Night of the Comet made $14 million at the domestic box office and has accumulated a large following over the years through cable and home video.

No release date has been set for the Night of the Comet remake.  Orion’s Child’s Play remake is scheduled to complete principal photography in Vancouver in the second week of November.