'Killer Tomatoes' hit home from Tinseltown to Duneland

Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent to play role in sequel that he created
2008-03-31T00:00:00Z 'Killer Tomatoes' hit home from Tinseltown to DunelandHEATHER AUGUSTYN
Times Correspondent
March 31, 2008 12:00 am  • 

PORTER | Nearly 30 years before Constantine Dillon became superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, he made his mark in Hollywood.

Dillon, sometimes known in Hollywood circles as Costa Dillon, is the writer of the cult favorite "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!" a comedy/sci-fi series that first hit the screen in 1978.

Now Dillon prepares to get involved with the fifth film in the "Killer Tomatoes" series, but he remains mum about his role.

"I will have a role, but it's too preliminary to discuss right now. I have been part of the process going forward, but it's not ready to be talked about just yes," said Dillon, who began his role at Indiana Dunes in November after holding offices across the country in the National Park Service.

The fifth feature film in the series will be written by Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, creators of the hit Web series Ask a Ninja.

The film will follow the classics "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!" in 1978, "Return of the Killer Tomatoes!" in 1988, "Killer Tomatoes Strike Back!" in 1990 and "Killer Tomatoes Eat France!" in 1991. Dillon also had small parts in all of the movies.

Dillon's job as superintendent takes much of his time, which has required letting others take the "Killer Tomatoes" in new directions.

"On one hand, you take pleasure in knowing it's enduring, but you have to let go so that it will be enduring. In order for your character to continue, you have to let go of it," he said.

And the upcoming season at the Dunes promises to help take his mind off of Tinseltown, Dillon said.

"I am responsible for the management of this national park, and I just came here in the fall, so I've mostly seen bare trees and frozen ponds, so I'm really looking forward to the summer," he said.

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