Panabaker, Anderson go 'Crazies' for redo


Danielle Panabaker and Joe Anderson have joined the cast of "The Crazies," Overture's take on the George Romero classic being directed by Breck Eisner.

The script, by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright, revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town beset by death and insanity after a plane crash releases a secret biological weapon into the water supply.

Panabaker will play a receptionist at the town's medical center. Anderson will play a deputy.

Timothy Olyphant stars as the town sheriff.

The film is set to begin principal photography Thursday in Georgia, with additional shooting to take place in Iowa.

Participant Media is co- financing the film with Overture.

Michael Aguilar, Dean Georgaris and Rob Cowan are producing, with Romero on board as an executive producer.

Panabaker, repped by UTA and Management 360, is coming off a starring role in the slasher hit "Friday the 13th." Her credits also include "Mr. Brooks," HBO's "Empire Falls" and TV's "Shark."

The CAA-repped Anderson, who appeared in "The Ruins" and "Becoming Jane," next appears in Mira Nair's "Amelia." (partialdiff)