It’s a pretty good year to be a Stephen King fan what with the Under the Dome series set to premiere this summer, the Carrie remake heading to theatres in October, and Stephen King’s own follow-up to The Shining to be published this fall. Now it looks like an adaptation of another one of his books is heading into production fairly soon, and it’s one that has been in development for the better part of a decade. Back in 2006, there was a lot of interest in bringing the novel Cell to the big screen and Eli Roth was attached to direct. Creative differences forced him to walk away from the project, but now it appears that a new director has been found along with a big name star. Will this be something more than just another generic zombie flick?
According to Screen Daily, Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod “Kip” Williams has signed on to direct Cell from a script written by Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left) and Stephen King himself. John Cusack is attached to star as Clayton Riddell, a struggling artist who sets off to find his wife and son after a mysterious signal is sent out across mobile phone networks and turns humans into vicious animals. The project is being produced by Richard Saperstein, former president of Dimension Films, who also oversaw adaptations of 1408 and The Mist.
In my mind, Kip Williams is a bit of a step down from Eli Roth, but at least he has experience in the genre. Cusack seems like an interesting choice to star, especially since the project had previously been compared to a Roland Emmerich version of a zombie movie. Although I haven’t read the book, I am intrigued by the concept and hope it improves a bit on the similarly-themed horror flick The Signal. Production is expected to start this May. Are you looking forward to a Cell movie?