'Tomatoes' ripe for a redo

'Ninja' guys bring back cult film

"Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!" will be attacking theaters again.

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

M. Dal Walton III, the force behind the remakes of "Day of the Dead" and "Terror Train," acquired the rights from Killer Tomato Entertainment and will produce. Emmett/Furla Films will co-produce.

" '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 killer tomatoes.

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 feature sequel "Return of the Killer Tomatoes," which helped launch George Clooney's career.

Nichols and Sarine are repped by UTA and John Elliott of Mosaic Media Group.