It has been almost a year since news first hit of a remake of George A. Romero's classic, The Crazies, but after a long delay, it looks like the project is finally back on track. Shock Till You Drop is reporting that Radha Mitchell (The Surrogates) has just signed to star alongside Timothy Olyphant in the update of Romero's sci-fi horror. Breck Eisner (Sahara) will be directing Scott Kosar's update about the small town that becomes ground-zero for a mutant military virus.

Originally released in 1973, The Crazies centered on a small town that is the site of a mysterious military plane crash that turns the locals into homicidal maniacs, leaving the few survivors to fight off their former neighbors. There aren't any details on Mitchell's role in the film, but the smart money has her playing wifey to Olyphant's butt-kicking sheriff -- although if you have seen Mitchell in Pitch Black, then you already know that this gal is usually no 'Mary Sue'.

The project has gone through a couple of writers already, but Kosar and Ray Wright are still being credited as the primary writers for the flick. Kosar has had some experience in horror updates before, having been behind The Amityville Horror and Texas Chainsaw updates back in early 2000's. Eisner is also no strangers to remakes having just been signed to helm updates of Creature from the Black Lagoon and Flash Gordon. But previous experience aside; I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that The Crazies won't be another cult horror that winds up with a PG-13 state of mind.

The Crazies is expected to arrive in theaters on September 25th, 2009.

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