"Killer Tomatoes" ripe for remake

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!" -- a cult monster movie sometimes billed as the worst film of all time -- is cooking up a comeback.

Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, creators of the hit Web series "Ask a Ninja," are writing an adaptation of the 1978 opus, with Nichols set to make his directorial debut.

"'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!' is the masterwork of a generation," Nichols said. "We can only aspire to recapture that magic."

No changes to the original plot have been revealed, but it still is expected to revolve around genetically altered tomatoes on the warpath.

Nichols and Sarine's satirical "Ninja" shorts have garnered more than 80 million Web views and won best series at the 2006 YouTube Video Awards. Their "Ninja" commentator has appeared on National Public Radio and VH1's "Best Week Ever."

The original "Tomatoes" spawned the Fox Kids Network's "ATV" cartoon series and the 1988 feature sequel "Return of the Killer Tomatoes," which helped launch George Clooney's career.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter