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Stephen King's CELL rings up Dimension and Eli Roth! Plus Roth's comments on the project!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some exciting news for us Stephen King fans. CELL is King's best (non-Dark Tower) book in a while. When I reviewed it I mentioned how it'd make a great adaptation. It seems Dimension agrees and has picked up the rights for noneother than talkback whipping boy Eli Roth!

CELL is about a pulse that goes out over cell phones. Anyone who hears it becomes insane and starts attacking and eating any human being. It's very much King's stab at a zombie story. It's great stuff and it'll definitely be the biggest undertaking Roth has had up to this point.

I got in touch with the man and told him not to fuck up the movie. He sent comments back about the project and now I give them to you:

I fucking LOVE that book. Such a smart take on the zombie movie. I am so psyched to do it. I think you can really do almost a cross between the 'Dawn of the Dead' remake with a 'Roland Emmerich' approach (for lack of a better reference) where you show it happening all over the world. When the pulse hits, I wanna see it hit EVERYWHERE. In restaurants, in movie theaters, at sports events, all the places that people drive you crazy when they're talking on their cell phones. I see total armageddon. People going crazy killing each other - everyone at once - all over the world. Cars smashing into each other, people getting stabbed, throats getting ripped out. The one thing I always wanted to see in zombie movies is the actual moment the plague hits, and not just in one spot, but everywhere. You usually get flashes of it happening around the world on news broadcasts, but you never actually get to experience it happening everywhere. Then as the phone crazies start to change and mutate, the story gets pared down to a story about human survival in the post-apocalyptic world ruled by phone crazies. I'm so excited, I wish the script was ready right now so I could start production. But it'll get written (or at least a draft will) while I'm doing HOSTEL 2, and then I can go right into it. It should feel like an ultra-violent event movie. FUCK this is gonna be so damn fun!!!!!!! I can't wait!!!!!

There you have it. Now, don't fuck it up!



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  • March 8, 2006, 4:33 a.m. CST

    First???

    by atrips

    I kind of liked 'Hostel' but kind of didn't..It has its moments of brilliance but there are also a lot of standard moments. I hope that 'Cell' lives upto the hype.

  • March 8, 2006, 4:39 a.m. CST

    FUCK YES

    by Ryb0

    Being a fan of Kings (Dark Tower Series ROCKS) I read through that book in 7 hours. It was the best marathon read i've had in a long time. I hope they don't fuck this up, i'd love to see a reaaaally good King adaptation. I like Hostel, it was entertaining. Boobs and gore make me happy. I think he's a good choice.

  • March 8, 2006, 4:40 a.m. CST

    damn that was fast

    by amievil

    yup....at least the book's good...here's to hoping he doesn't fuck it up...

  • March 8, 2006, 5:04 a.m. CST

    1/6 of all King movies are actually good.

    by Virtual Satyr

    And it may not even be that much. It shouldn't be too hard to screw up a book like this, but then look at what they did to Dreamcatcher.

  • ... people. The vast majority of the world don't have clean drinking water or sewerage systems, let alone cell phones. If anything life would probably go on as it always had and they'd probably all be better off without us. I'm all for that idea of showing it happen all over the world though, they so often miss that opportunity in end of the world films. Mind you, with cell phones, it'd probably be big cities and major urban areas. The countryside, the slums, the desert, the Amish and many other places will be spared.

  • March 8, 2006, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Guess I gotta read this book now...

    by a goonie

    I read the first two chapters or whatever it was that were included for free in a recent issue of EW. Seemed pretty cool. I like King and I definitely like me my zombies. Good luck to Roth on this one. Can't wait to see what he comes up with.

  • March 8, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    RE: The ViceCardinal

    by Flummage

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZACKT!!! ;)

  • March 8, 2006, 7:02 a.m. CST

    this book isn't that great

    by studio planter

    the first 1/3 is very good, then it turns into the stand part 2. ohhh, the "dark man" or in this case, the "hooded" man. come on

  • March 8, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Fill in the blanks...

    by Fleet

    There are SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS in Cell that when it finished I honestly thought I was missing pages in my book... Where's the pulse come from? What makes Hooded man the chosen leader? And the ending? Come on... give us some credit... And that's just the start of it... There's so much left unexplained in this book... If this is gonna be a movie, I'll be first in line to see it, but PLEASE, at least make some shit up to fill in those blanks...

  • March 8, 2006, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Hostel 2?

    by Zardoz

    Um, really? Why?

  • March 8, 2006, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Good book but I'd rather a Dark Tower series of films

    by IAmMrMonkey

    Ah well. Who will play the lead character though? I don't know why but I'd love to see Mr Washington play him (I know it doesn't quite fit but he'd be great to see Denz in a zombie flick).

  • March 8, 2006, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I agree with Zardoz

    by Monkey Butler

    Hostel was shit, why would anyone want a sequel? And this is coming from soneone who thought Cabin Fever wasn't all bad.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Nice. Now That's Cool News.

    by Evil Chicken

    Cell is a great read. King, most certainly, still has it. Roth will nail the dismount and I

  • March 8, 2006, 8:19 a.m. CST

    BTW...

    by Evil Chicken

    Cell needs a sequel.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Cell needs a sequel?

    by moondoggy2u

    What do you want to call it? FAX?

  • March 8, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Cell 2: Rollover

    by moondoggy2u

  • March 8, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Cell 2: The Roaming

    by moondoggy2u

  • March 8, 2006, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Cell 2: Peak Hours

    by moondoggy2u

  • March 8, 2006, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Cell 2: The Big F-ing Bill You Get Every F-ing Month!!

    by moondoggy2u

    Sorry, I'm still mad from my cingular bill last month. sigh

  • March 8, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    All I know is

    by moondoggy2u

    They better show Jame Earl Jones doing his Verizon pimping, then suddenly, mid-commerical, chew off the producer's groin! Do the Weinstein brothers act??

  • March 8, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Cell 2: Can you hear me now?

    by screamster

    whatever :P

  • March 8, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Cell 2: Can I Eat you Now? Good.

    by BLove

  • March 8, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Now.....would you just listen to that guy

    by The Bobman

    He "fucking" loves what he does but more importantly- he's up his own ass! Loves himself- Seemingly by his very involvement- it's going to be great- sorry but yes it's a good book - it has a good "reason" for things happening- it still turns into the stand after a while but hey- I would love to see anyone else but this guy get a go at it- cabin fever- dull as hell- hostel- there was good story in there somewhere- didnt even work as a horror film. A thriller yes- but then he showed the audience where the guy has vanished to very quickly- that and the main guy just wandering into a very scary looking warehouse with no real second thought-so the thriller part was out the window. Why does this guy consider himself the King of all Gore? Fucking missing the point

  • March 8, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST

    My casting choices

    by Sith42

    Clay - Ryan Reynolds; Tom - Steve Buscemi; Alice - Michelle Trachtenberg; The Head - John Cleese; Jordan - DJ Qualls; CAMEOS - Kathy Bates as religious refugee; Michael Chiklis as keg hoarding refugee

  • March 8, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    CANADA

    by Jubba

    Canada needs representation - almost every "end of the world" movie omits Canada (except Day After Tomorrow that basically said Canada got screwed, oh well). I've been waiting to see the CN Tower in Toronto fall on to the Skydome or something like that...at least show the zombies taking over Canada. We've got a big market here, please us!!

  • March 8, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Canada has towers???

    by moondoggy2u

    Just joking--I live in buffalo.

  • March 8, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    fs

    by ScaryJim

    King hasn't written an amazing book since 'desperation' and 'the regulators' 'wolves of the calla was just about passable'. As an avid fan of the dark tower I was immensly surprised to find myself giving up on the whole thing half way into 'song of sussanah' after so many years investment into that universe . The weirdest thing is that there are a wealth of short stories and decent novels of his that haven't been made into films if producers are that into using the 'King' name. Personally I'd look to Gaimans novels. A dream come true would be for David Lynch or Von trier (if he went back to horror) to film 'The house of Leaves' fucking goldmine that book .

  • March 8, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Re:CANADA

    by ScaryJim

    What about that film 'Last night' I mean, it was in Canada ffs :0)

  • March 8, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Cell 2: I KNOW You Can Hear Me Now, Bitch.

    by Roguewriter

    The opening hundred pages of the novel rocked hard, but the story never hung together for me after that, and the characters never fully gelled, not even as much as the great main cast in King's "The Mist" did. And yeah, the ending's a bit of a cheat! But it could make a great movie... if Roth stays in HOSTEL mode and doesn't get all CABIN FEVERy...

  • March 8, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Roth really should toss my salad.

    by Childe Roland

    It's the only way he can earn my appreciation for anything he might try to do. And then only if he uses jelly. Haven't read Cell yet. Still too pissed at the direction King took the Dark Tower saga in to give him another go at my imagination. But reading the Roth bits above fills me with no desire to see the film (as he apparently just has the one pulse montage thought out and believes that alone will make it a great movie). In fact, the only desire it fills me with is to strap Roth to a chair and snip off his fingers with a bolt cutter. He's such a worthless fuck.

  • March 8, 2006, 9:52 a.m. CST

    No, Eli, no, no, no, no, no!

    by Wozza31

    Seeing the Pulse hit everywhere in the world "like a Roland Emmerich movie" is a fucking awful concept. A cliche so profoundly obvious I would expect Uwe Boll and Paul Anderson (not PT of course) to think twice before doing so. This movie should really be started with one uninterrupted 10 minute shot that opens with a shot of a shop window, cleaver hanging in it, that Clay walks past and we should follow him all the way to the phone crazy's attack with earlier seen cleaver. One uniterrupted shot of chaos.

  • March 8, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    HOSTEL 2

    by DannyOcean01

    ????? How, how, why is this being made?

  • March 8, 2006, 10:09 a.m. CST

    HOSTEL 2?!?

    by LilOgre

    Did AICN do a story on this? WTF?

  • March 8, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    When is Roth doing the Box...

    by Babyshamble

    ...with Richard Kelly? Is this not happening any more?

  • March 8, 2006, 10:19 a.m. CST

    If You Haven't Read The Book....

    by Fievel

    ...then stop spewing the negativity. The book is NOT the greatest King book to ever hit the stands, but it was a fun ride for sure. The thought of broadening the scope of the story at all is a great move for a movie adaptation. I'm just happy it's Roth behind it and not Mick Garris.

  • March 8, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    On Second Thought

    by Fievel

    .... the fact that the fate of the rest of the world was unknown WAS a great point of the whole story. Hmmm. Oh well, just bring it and I'll buy a ticket to see it.

  • March 8, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Mist, Mist, MIST!!!!

    by EriamJH

    Why greenlight this until we get Frank D's version of THE MIST out? Now THAT I have been waiting for far, too long. (But I'll also take an HBO series of the DARK TOWER -- one season per book, please. (however you can give SONG OF SUSANNAH just 3 episodes...)

  • March 8, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Roth already fucked it up...

    by Joel@eeriepa

    After he just said he wants to film "the pulse" zombify everyone across the world. Considering that's not how the book goes, I'd say that an extremely foolish mistake. The point is you DON'T know how bad it is, and what caused it. When will these "Filmmakers" learn? A film adaption of Cell could be spectacular, but I don't see that happening in Roth's hands.

  • March 8, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Canada has its own horror flicks - like "Decoys"...

    by AnimeJune

    ...Where sexy college co-eds end up being aliens who freeze their prey through loud, badly-filmed sexual intercourse. Okay, let's just forget about that one....On second that, forget that movie completely. I mean forget it. Canada's proud of "Crash" and Edmonton's Nathon Fillion, but we really need a better local horror movie that doesn't include female aliens freezing horny dudes to death. I mean - freezing to death? In Canada? Like, that's so hard to do....-_-;;

  • March 8, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Instead of 'Cell'....

    by R H S C

    I think it would be more fun if Eli Roth adapted King's short story 'Survivor Type' into a film. Besides, won't the mouth breathers confuse this with a remake of J. Lo's 'THE Cell', and why didn't Stephen King just call it 'Pulse' instead?

  • March 8, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST

    why does

    by ZO

    this site shill for this talentless hack?

  • March 8, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Impossible for Roth to not screw it up

    by Atticus Finch

    Just look at his other "movies".

  • March 8, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    KASHWAK = NO-FO

    by Osmosis Jones

    Cell was a pretty sweet return to apocalypse form for King, yet I dunno how well a film version will work. After the initial burst of violence, it's not terrible cinematic (especially the wonky "psychic zombies" stuff), and I can imagine audiences being infuriated by the ambiguous ending. Personally, I'd prefer that Frank Darabont version of The Mist to finally get off the ground. Oh, and the poster above makes a good point about the book's title, and how it will likely be confused with the J-Lo flick The Cell.

  • March 8, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST

    "Rollover minutes? What the fuck're those?"

    by Osmosis Jones

  • March 8, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    You guys just dont get it do you?

    by Lovecraftfan

    I have heard so many people complaining about the ending and I really have to wonder if any of you bothered to actually think about the ending. The ending is heartbreaking because IT doesnt matter whther this idea that Tom thought up will help the son or not. What YOU SHOULD have taken away from it is that Clay was desperate to do a hard drive wipe eventhough its doubtful it would work. Thats what makes the ending sad. Also why do people complain about unanswered questions? That just makes the book creepier or must you have everything spelled out for you. I also thought the characters were really likable and I also think you guys are missing another important point. The book is cold and depresseing because the characters realize halfway through that these things are smarter and stronger than they are and they will porbably die. Nice way to refernce I Am Legend. Cell was a great great read.

  • March 8, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    NO!! (and I agree Osmosis, not really a "movie")

    by chickychow

    Fuck Eli Roth. He's not a real flimmaker... That said, the potential for silliness and confusion is very real with Cell, especially the second half. While the first act is filled with the usual zombie-type business, the rest, with floating "phoners" and weird dreams and the "flocks" of phoners laying around in fields, didn't exactly spell vivid screen adaptation to me (altho when those flocks go ablaze I guess you'll get your explosion of gore moment). Wonder if they'll keep the surprise death that happens at around the halfway point.

  • March 8, 2006, 12:42 p.m. CST

    about the ending (minor spoilers)

    by chickychow

    I like ambiguity as much as the next guy (alright, maybe he doesn't care for it too much) but I was a bit frustrated with the ending of Cell myself. It almost felt as if King didn't have a resolution so he just stopped. While I like the last passages of the book, with the two characters trying to relate to each other, when it ended the novel felt incomplete... Also didn't like how the little kid Jordan sort've came up with the hard drive analogy and after that had an answer, in geek speak, for every variable. Thats a trick King likes to use alot.

  • March 8, 2006, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Roth and King

    by Jesus_and_Tori

    Eli Roth is the shit. King movies arent. Dream Catcher is seriously battling A.I. for my choice of worst movie ever made. The only good part of Dream Catcher was the Morgan Freeman role.

  • March 8, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Why, thank you, Quint...

    by Dr. PhibesL.A.

    ...for calling Eli and telling him not to fuck it up. I can sleep peacefully tonight knowing you've had your input.

  • March 8, 2006, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Oh, Quint...

    by Dr. PhibesL.A.

    For your information - in case it wasn't too clear - what I'm saying is you're a douchebag with diarrhea of the mouth.

  • March 8, 2006, 12:52 p.m. CST

    King + Roth = guaranteed shit

    by Doc_McCoy

    Movies based on King's works: 7 or 8 out of 100 are good. Eli Roth: two of the worst movies I've ever seen. CELL: concept sounds stupid.

  • March 8, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    The reason most King adaptions don't work...

    by sundancekeed

    is simply because most of the "action" in King's books is internalized in the minds of the characters. SK has always been a master of probing into the characters psyche and detailing the horror that these people FEEL at what's going on around them. How do you show that visually? Answer: in most cases, you can't. You can show the events, like The Stand or The Shining miniseries did, but it just won't allow you to get into someone's thought processes and show how those events impact someone mentally the way King does in his books. The Shining worked because you got to know what was going on in Jack Torrance's head. You understood WHY the Overlook drove him nuts. Not even Jack Nicholson and Stanley Kubrick were able to make that scenario work. And even with much more time in the miniseries, all we got was more events and the hedge animals. And if you think about it, most of the stuff of King's that has worked on the screen has been of the short story variety, which makes sense. Less character motivation that has to be left out.

  • March 8, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Are you serious???

    by Varakor

    Sorry, I read "Cell" and it was pretty damn bad and one of the worse endings I've ever read. Actually They way things started I thought it would be one of those blow away the cell phone zombies till they made it to Maine, instead it tries to be psychological but it turns out damn boring. There's no suspense what's so ever and it becomes goofy when the zombies start trying to do smart things I.E. moan over not getting any twinkies or fighting over a truck ("My nyuck?? ha! that sucked!!). The ending made no sense. Not that I didn't get, because I got it. But a lot of other books have done that open-ending way better than King did. Read patrick Foss's "The Bang Devils" to see what I mean. So no suspense, Cheesy Dialogue, and a plot that was pointless??? Smells like it sucks to me. If there's going to be a movie... hmmm might not suck so bad. But I'm not keeping my hopes up

  • March 8, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Ending

    by Lovecraftfan

    I guess well just have to agree to disagree. I just found the ending abrupt but emotionally complete and sad.

  • March 8, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Who else thought...

    by Lovecraftfan

    that this was one of the more nihlistic and depressing books King has written. I just thought it was a really sad notwithstanding the very sad ending.

  • March 8, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    did darabont turn him down first? was he even called?

    by Silver Shamrock

    used to be a King manuscript would get the movie option all setup before it was even published (Green Mile). Roth is lucky becuase the worst King movie in the history of movies (Dreamcatcher) has already come out and no matter what he does, it won't be as bad.

  • March 8, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Roth + anything = certifiable dung

    by Tony Mike Hall

    This guy is way overrated. After all the hype, Hostel sucked balls and don't even get ne started on Cabin Fever. All this guy did was suck the right cock to get where he is. We all have our price, but no one's unzipped their fly in my face yet - good thing too, because I'd just hack it off and shove it up Roth's ass.

  • March 8, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Cell rocks. So does Canada. Roth doesn't.

    by fenario80

    As several people have said, it's far from his best book but it is a really fun ride. I put it away in three sittings- can't tell you when the last time I did that was. I really liked the ending- King usually feels obliged to explain EVERYTHING no matter how wacky the explanation. In a book dedicated to Matheson & Romero, leaving a few holes and a lot of unanswered questions was the thing to do. You folks whining about the lack of Canadian horror, you ever heard of a guy named Cronenberg? Most of his horror films take place in Canada (first one that didn't was the Dead Zone, and Maine is pretty damn close!). Oh, and Ginger Snaps, all three of them are unabashedly Canadian and proud of it. Eli Roth should probably stick to making snuff films, though, as someone else said, at least it's not Mick Fucking Garris. Peace out.

  • March 8, 2006, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Get a better technical advisor than King had...

    by Nodwick

    The book was good enough for a King novel. The pages kept turning, I didn't want to put it down, but afterwards, I was a bit unsatisfied. Yeah, I wanted the story to go on a bit more, especially given that not all of the zombies could be considered defeated. But the main gripe was his analogies to computer systems. A character theorizes something along the lines that an infectee could be "re-infected" with another cell call and that might restore his/her mind. The theory was that "worms (i.e. trojans, viruses) eat worms. It's what they do." There's more about how a computer system under heavy attack would wipe itself and re-boot it's memory (or, in this case, restore the victim's mind). Somebody needs to get a REAL computer user to fix the script. I think King's unfamiliarity with computers really shows in this tale.

  • March 8, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    This Book Sucked

    by Darth Bladder

    SK hasn't written anything worth reading in years. I don't understand why people thought another retread of zombie story is worth reading. But I knew they'd make this shitacular book a movie.

  • March 8, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Nodwick

    by moondoggy2u

    I had a similar problem with Cell. In fact, I'm quite convinced that King needs to stick to supernatural thrillers and the like and leave techno thrillers to Koontz. I'm not saying Koontz is any better or worse writer (or more/less hackneyed). I'm just saying that Koontz is better at making techno babble sound more plausable.

  • March 8, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST

    "It almost felt as if King didn't have a resolution...

    by Childe Roland

    ...so he just stopped." Gee, that doesn't sound like King at all (as I pick chunks of sarcasm out of my teeth). He really should just latch on to a TV series like Lost and script the hell out of it, keeping things going until he dies. Then someone else can come along and try to make sense of the plot and characters with a nice two-hour TV movie that will tie up all the loose ends. King's endings are the worst since Twain's. But generally his stories are entertaining enough to make those endings worth bearing. Very generally.

  • March 8, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST

    King + Roth < my money and time

    by Drunken Rage

    Whatever happened to "The &#39;It Sucks&#39; Guy"? I&#39;d be interested to hear his input on this collaboration.

  • March 8, 2006, 2:57 p.m. CST

    No "1408" for Roth, now?

    by Dr. PhibesL.A.

  • March 8, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Silly argument- Wondering when it would start.

    by Lovecraftfan

    I was wondering when the lets hate eveything King has written for the past 10 years bandwagon would start. Ill just never understand that argument. How exactly was Heart In Atlantis a terrible book or Bag Of Bones or a lot of the stories in Everythings Eventual. Im not going to mention Dark Tower becuase I know that book is contrversial around here. Also I have to wonder what Childe Roland means by bad endings. There usually ambigous and abrupt but they usually work for me. Of course the ending of DT is very contrversial but all of you know how brilliant I think that ending is.

  • March 8, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    what a foul-mouthed news item.

    by mocky_puppet

    kiss your mother with that mouth, quint?

  • March 8, 2006, 3:14 p.m. CST

    oh brother

    by lopan

    Hostel 2? Yeah there were so many unaswered questions at the end of Hostel 1. We&#39;re all just dying for a sequel. Come on Eli. Junk that shit and start Cell now. No one cares about Hostel 2. Seriously. No one.

  • March 8, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Tom McCourt = Bill Macy ! !

    by Ninja Nerd

    Sith42....Steve Buscemi is absolutely wrong for Tom. Think about the scene where he opens up with the AK-47 on assholes in the car; which would fil best? Shan...read the book; not everyone WAS nailed by the "pulse/signal". Some...like in the Pixie Dark and Pixie Light scene were just in proximity to overhear. The "normies" who didn&#39;t catch on that good neighbor Sam wanted to eat them died in short order. Others simply did what I&#39;ve always said would happen "...15 minutes after the cable TV goes out..."; reverted to barbarism. The rest do a Stand cameo for the rest of the book. Still, I liked the book and can see that it has potential as a movie. Hopefully better than "Dreamcatcher" ... a very terrible retread of "Tommyknockers". Shit weasels indeed!

  • March 8, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Hostel

    by Lovecraftfan

    I actually liked Hostel. Not really in a thats horribly disturbing way but more in a I ahd a lot fo fun way. I just really liked the movie (runs and hides). Why he is doing a sequel to it I just dont undertsand though.

  • March 8, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Hostel

    by Lovecraftfan

    I actually liked Hostel. Not really in a thats horribly disturbing way but more in a I ahd a lot fo fun way. I just really liked the movie (runs and hides). Why he is doing a sequel to it I just dont undertsand though.

  • March 8, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    here is why hostel 2 is being made

    by slappy jones

    it cost fuck all to make and made a small fortune..plus it was fucking great....i love how much you pricks all hate eli....cos while you sit here bitching and moaning about how "shit" he is he is out there actually MAKING films.

  • March 8, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Cooome on

    by Ryb0

    I think you people on this site hate ever director. The majority of you fucks always have something negative to say. Oh yeah, THE DARK TOWER ENDED EXACTLY HOW IT SHOULD OF. Song of Susannah was an awesome book. Wolves was an awesome book. I&#39;d also like to see the Dark Tower mini-series on HBO.

  • March 8, 2006, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Eli Roth

    by Mistereko

    Dear Eli, please take some creative writing classes and learn to filter all your divergent shit into one coherent film that delivers on what it promises. Oh, and slappyjones, Uwe Boll is also out there MAKING film so apparently a third grader with the IQ of a testicle could do it.

  • March 8, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    NO! Not Roth! NOOOOOOOOOOO

    by evilbaby

    Does King have a say in this? If so, who wants to join with me, kidnap him and force him to get Roth removed from this project immediately. It&#39;s bad enough the world will have to endure a sequel to this year&#39;s worst film "Hostel", now he has to sully King material? I was looking forward to a movie version of "Cell".....was being the key word there.

  • March 8, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    wasnt there already a movie called the CELL?

    by shalashaska

    I sort of remember seeing it and thinking it was shitty. The only things I can recall are that it has Jennifer Lopez and a huge muscular naked woman.

  • March 8, 2006, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Canadian Horror, Cell Market Penteration, "Fill Blanks"

    by blackwood

    Pull back, Eli - to show what happens in the beginning of the book as this balls out "global" shit-fest goes a bit beyond the scope (and point) of the book. New York falling to pieces is quite enough. Which also speaks to someone&#39;s asinine request for the film to &#39;fill in the blanks&#39; that the book left. I&#39;m sorry this individual needs to be led by the hand, but I hope the majority do not. The whole thing revolves around Clay - we follow him from start to finish, never knowing beyond what he knows or seeing what he doesn&#39;t see. It would be a mistake to try and make it bigger than it is. Sticking close to the book would be brave. It IS ambiguous and nothing is answered at the end. Which speaks to all the &#39;what the fuck?&#39; shit that&#39;s going down these days, and is likely why King wrote it that way. It is a small story about big events, and the first third should give you all the fodder you need to get your gore on and explore how things play out when the pulse rocks the world. Oh, and "Black Christmas" was a Canadian horror film, and the first ever to use the "killer POV".

  • March 8, 2006, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Global view of the Pulse?

    by Guy Gaduois

    would undermine the unsure nature of the narrative. The intimate horror is the issue for Clay, hoping at first "it" just happened in Boston, but knowing it couldn&#39;t, then walking into hopelessness as he&#39;s trying to get back to his kid. Need to cast unknowns for Alice and Jordan - Michael Jeter, God rest his soul, was my pick for Tom. I think it would be cool to bring back some 80s dude for Clay, but most of those cats are too damn old looking, so get some &#39;hey, it&#39;s that guy&#39; like Scott Foley. The Mist is a better story and very comparable in themes and arc, and would be a better shoot, especially if it&#39;s a choice between Darabont and Roth. I think Roth even tries to make his writing an email sound like Quentin. That&#39;s f&#39;ing disturbing right there.

  • March 8, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Eli! If You&#39;re Reading, Cast Me In This!

    by NeoAngelus

    I&#39;m a Bostonian (specifically, I live in Revere), and I&#39;m an actor! Help a fellow Masshole out, huh?! www.charliewalsh.com

  • March 8, 2006, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Canadian Horror 2

    by blackwood

    Also "Ginger Snaps" is Canadian, and one of the best werewolf flicks ever (iffy creature effects, but hey, we&#39;re Canadian, give us a break). Up there with "American Werewolf in London."

  • March 8, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    nah

    by ILK

    I think showing it globally would work if it&#39;s timed right. Matter of fact, right when he mentions he hopes it&#39;s isolated to Boston. BTW, when reading it I imagined Macy as well.

  • March 8, 2006, 5:43 p.m. CST

    casting picks

    by chloeisloisduh

    Clay - Definitely Ryan Reynolds or Michael Vartan (who I tried so had to not picture Clay as all the way through the book, but my imagination fought me till the end.) Alice - Summer Glau (Perfect.) Tom - Larry David (Also, how my brain saw him.) The Head - Michael Caine Jordan - Kyle Gallner Johnny-Gee - Freddie Highmore Raggedy Man - Don Cheadle Ray Huizenga - Ray Liotta Denise - Evangeline Lily any other ideas?

  • March 8, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Allow me to clarify...

    by Childe Roland

    ...my position on King&#39;s endings, Lovecraftfan. He doesn&#39;t do them well. He even admits this in candid interviews and author&#39;s notes. Often he has no idea how to wrap up a story in a way that he believes most readers would appreciate or that would satisfy him, so he just kind of ends them. Sometimes the endings are quite abrupt and without resolution, like you described. And sometimes that works well (The Mist being a spectacular example). Sometimes the endings are lurching messes that go on long past the point of diminishing interest (I put The Stand, a good book despite this flaw, in this camp). It&#39;s funny, but for a guy who does sustained character development as well as King does, his most cohesive and thoroughly enjoyable (as in beginning to end) works tend to be his short stories. He goes in, makes an impression, and gets out in a way that makes the reader want to know more about the character(s) and what might happen next (read all of his stories in Night Shift or The Bachman Books to see this at work). The abrupt, ambiguous ending works very well in this medium. Not so much with a 700- to 1000-page novel. After a reader has stuck with you that long, he or she is looking for some resolution and/or closure. The closest I&#39;ve seen him come to acheiving that was his ending for It, which remains his most satisfying longer work for me. Needful Things wasn&#39;t terrible in this regard, either. But Pet Semetary, for instance? Crap ending. The Dark Half? Crap ending. Hopefully that helps you understand my loving frustration for the man and his work. As for the ending to the Dark Tower saga, we both know it isn&#39;t an ending. It leaves a door wide open for King to revisit that cash well if he so chooses (and he&#39;s doing just that in the upcoming comic series, apparently). My issue with the saga as a whole is that the first four books were fantastic reads that held a lot of promise. They were energetic and original (despite their obvious influences) and so endeared the characters to me that I would have followed them anywhere. And I did, even when the narrative started to reek of a lack of inspiration and general direction in Wolves of the Calla (where King started relying more heavily on mystic shorthand to establish connections among characters and between them and the reader - "I can&#39;t explain...it was just Ka")and then after that scent turned to the stink of shit in Song of Susannah. The "ending" to The Dark Tower was the one instance in recent memory when I got to the end of a King book and didn&#39;t say "That&#39;s it?" disappointedly. Instead, I said: "Thank fuck that&#39;s finally over with." Kind of the way I felt about the Star Wars prequels, which I suffered through out of loyalty to the universe and mythology created in the original trilogy. Of course this is all a matter of personal taste. You&#39;re more than entitled to your differing opinion.

  • March 8, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    In Defence - "Filling in the blank" comments...

    by Fleet

    For a book, it&#39;s fine - Go ahead, create mystery, let the reader make their own decisions on things... But for a movie? If you think mainstream movie-goers will buy it, think again, because they&#39;ll be walking out afterwards wanting answers... It&#39;s sad but true.

  • March 8, 2006, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Childe Roland - Agreed...

    by Fleet

    uh huh... I agree.

  • March 8, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Childe Roland- We&#39;ll never agree oh well.

    by Lovecraftfan

    Oh well were just going to have to continue to be on two sides of a camp. You can call the ending to The Dark Tower whatever you want but I still thought it was brilliant, so sad, and yet completely logical. The last 3 books had a completely different feel but that didnt diminsh them in any way for me. Also what is wrong with the ending to The Stand or Pet Semetary. I thought the ending to Pet Semetary was a nasty surprise and I liked the ending to The Stand particuraly Falggs epilogue. Most of his endings are abrupt but I think they work well. The only ending I wasnt fan was Needful Things although the book is great. Its wonderful watching King lay seige to his own city.

  • March 8, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    dogapeandman, right on. Lame 3rd Act.

    by chickychow

    After they&#39;ve been captured, why is there absolutely NO suspense? Instead of the lame blowing the shit out of phoners AGAIN route, why didn&#39;t we at least get a glimpse at what was going to happen to our "normies?" Sure we can assume it was just an execution, but I wanted something surprising, something exciting. instead, the book gets nothing in the way of an engaging 3rd act, it peters out. A good screenwriter (i.e. not Eli Roth) needs to be hired to turn an okay book into a cool horror flick. And loose the "floating" phoners, no way that can be done well. AND do NOT show the pulse happening all over the world, Eli you moron. The point was that this is happening to this specific character and we only know what he knows.

  • March 8, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I read the Cell sample they had in Entertainment Weekly

    by AnimeJune

    And while the idea of retarded cell-phone addicts tearing each other into pieces is certainly endearing, I wasn&#39;t a fan of the violence, myself. Maybe it was just the god-awful pictures they put in with it in the magazine....

  • March 8, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I did forget about Ginger Snaps. Good point.

    by AnimeJune

    And I&#39;ve seen worse werewolf movies (Um...American Werewolf in Paris, anyone?). "Decoys" still sucked, though.

  • March 8, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I didnt care for the book

    by invalid entry

    I liked the book halfway through. But then it started to get annoying. the phone crazies started floating on air? Come on. And at the end, not know if the kid was turned back or not is annoying!!!!!!

  • March 8, 2006, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Roth is a passionate moron

    by zikade zarathos

    and because of that, I can&#39;t hate him. But I sure as hell ain&#39;t sitting through anything else he ever does after fighting through both CABIN FEVER and HOSTEL.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:17 p.m. CST

    It doesnt matter

    by Lovecraftfan

    if you know whether the kid turns out okay or not. WHta matters is that CLay is desperate enough to try that. Shows how everything has broken him. Read between the lines people.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    The Mist

    by Lovecraftfan

    I am curious though why theyre trying this istead of mist. As pointed out above Mist would be a much easier book to adapt.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    moondoggy2u, RE: Koontz

    by Nodwick

    I keep trying to get through Koontz&#39;s books (unabridged audiobooks) without yanking my hair out. MR. KOONTZ: ENOUGH WITH THE FRIGGIN&#39; DOGS, ALREADY! ENOUGH WITH SUPER-PEOPLE BORN OF INCEST AND DRUG ABUSE! FIND SOMETHING NEW!!! Ahh... I feel better.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Childe Roland: The ending of Dark Tower...

    by Nodwick

    I wasn&#39;t so much disappointed with the "ending" of the Dark Tower series as I was with the, ah... "conclusions" of Randal Flagg and Mordred. I mean, that&#39;s it? That&#39;s all they get? Especially Flagg, who we&#39;ve grown to love and hate, and Mordred, who&#39;s supposed to bring about Arthuran-style downfall, but... bah.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I DID read the book Ninja Nerd

    by Shan

    My point is that I think most of the world wouldn&#39;t be affected at all by the pulse. The problem with a lot of these disaster scenarios is that they equate an event that brings an end to rich 1st World countries somehow equate an end to the whole world as we know it - when in fact most people would carry on with life as they always have. Large parts of the world would either have no mobile phone users or in sufficiently low density that the normal people would very easily be able to stop them by sheer weight of numbers ...

  • March 8, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Canadian Horror end of the world "Shivers" and "Rabid"

    by Shan

    Who could forget Cronenberg&#39;s plague riddled Canadians rampaging zombie like over *major* Canadian cities. Where in Rabid I think they stop them - and Shivers they may well not.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Whether the events of Cell were happening world wide ..

    by Shan

    I think the opening page in italics makes a mention of how all the major world cities from Moscow to somewhere else were full of rotting corpses but of course, our hero can&#39;t know that for sure.

  • March 8, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    God Damnit...sigh

    by beefywhore

    What kind of fucking piece of shit calls himself an artist and puts Roland Emmerich on a pedestal... This sounds bad on so many levels...

  • March 8, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST

    I dunno if it&#39;s his greatest non-DT book in a while

    by Goatweed

    I mean it was a good book, but nothing to go nuts over IMO. The concept of the red-hoodied dude was clearly parallel to that of the Walkin&#39; Dude, and the usual band of scamps having to get close to the evil to take it down almost seemed to bore me as it&#39;s King&#39;s typical MO. I was also let down by the ending, it seemed dragged out & went nowhere. King&#39;s novels almost never translate well to film (save for Kubrick&#39;s Shining) so I&#39;ll assume this flick will be like the book - just &#39;ok&#39;.

  • March 8, 2006, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Nodwick

    by moondoggy2u

    Yeah, I have the same damn problem with him, too. I think both he and King need to hang it up. They both have seem to have said everything they wanted to say and are now repeating themselves ad nosium. Worse, Koontz suddenly seems to think 200 page pamphlets with print big enough for my grandmother to read are worth a 30 dollar price tag. King, on the other hand, seems to have ended any semblence at research for his novels. In short, both have become lazy and predictable. Not saying they dont have a right to be, just saying what they are doing. Right now, I&#39;m waiting for Koontz to finish his snow trilogy and then, unless he changes his production values, I will say goodbye to dear old Dean.

  • March 8, 2006, 11:14 p.m. CST

    AICN?, I&#39;d like you to...

    by MattCG

    STOP SUCKING ELI ROTH&#39;S COCK AT EVERY GODDAMN OPPORTUNITY!!! "Cabin Fever" was a piece of shit. "Hostel" was an extra-large piece of shit. When are you going to start giving him the Uwe Boll/PWSA treatment? Cuz...yeah, he deserves it.

  • March 8, 2006, 11:53 p.m. CST

    The cell phone makes them go zombie.

    by kabong

    Yeah, that is such a "smart take." Ooooh, ooooh, I got one. It&#39;s called "THE DVD." Suzie Stupid puts the DVD in the player and spooky stuff happens and then a creepy thing crawls out of the TV. That&#39;s a smart take, too. Hyuk, hyuk. It&#39;s going to be gigantohuge BO. BTW, CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 9, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    HOSTEL 2? Oh, please no!

    by Cash Bailey

    I liked HOSTEL a lot and respect Eli for doing what is practically impossible in this day and age of cinema: he made an adult-orientated horror film that was neither a remake, sequel or adaptation. And now he&#39;s gonna whore that out for a quickie sequel.

  • March 9, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    A Good Cast

    by ligght

    Clay- Jim Carrey, Tom- Steve Buscemi, Alice- Alison Lohman, Jordan- the kid that played Luscius in Gladiator if he&#39;s not too old, The Head- James Cromwell, Harvard Man- Mekhi Phiffer. What do you guys think?

  • March 9, 2006, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Roth sounds like a freaking fanboy.

    by Christopher3

    When there is no longer any distinction between you and us, it will be time for us to make the movies.

  • March 9, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    P.S.

    by Christopher3

    With all the epic kiddie fantasy movies coming out of the woodwork these days, someone should take a crack at "Talisman."

  • March 9, 2006, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Goatweed

    by Ryb0

    Hearts in Atlantis = Good Movie Shawshank Redemption = Awesome Movie

  • March 9, 2006, 2:07 a.m. CST

    I like Roth&#39;s random, tangential, kitchen sink style

    by hktelemacher

    I actually do, and I enjoyed both Cabin Fever and Hostel for what they were --- B movies. I know it&#39;s a lost concept these days, but that&#39;s what they were. That&#39;s what everything Lion&#39;s Gate puts out is: drive-in style fodder. But a lot of it puts a smile on my face. May, Saw, Devil&#39;s Rejects, the Roth flicks. Weird, subversive shit. I personally don&#39;t want to see Roth jump to a major studio and adapt King - I&#39;d like him to keep on keepin&#39; on and piss people off. That, and his commentary on Bloodsucking Freaks is one of the funniest fucking things I&#39;ve ever heard - and would be even funnier if he were totally serious.

  • March 9, 2006, 3:41 a.m. CST

    That&#39;s a lot of cellphones!

    by Ktak

    I think some people are seriously underestimating how ubiquitous cell phones have become on this planet. It&#39;s really not a "First-World" luxury anymore, and it hasn&#39;t been for a while. In China, the most populous country on earth, one in four people have cell phones. Second and third-world countries are some of the fastest-growing cell phone markets because it requires less infrastructure than a network of landlines. Sure, Cell is just a piece of fiction, but if something like this DID happen only the poorest and most sparsely populated areas would be unaffected.

  • March 9, 2006, 5:37 a.m. CST

    I forgot, about The Mist ...

    by Shan

    ... when Stephen King came to Australia in 1997 to speak to a whole group of us who bought tickets, I did ask him about an ending for The Mist past the one in the book (ie like what finally happened) when they passed the microphone around and his answer was "Frank Darabont is making a film" which wasn&#39;t an answer at all. Damn!

  • March 9, 2006, 6:02 a.m. CST

    What&#39;s really worrying about this proposition...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...is that Roth&#39;s work is probably the closest real life equivalent to a "pulse" with the potential to turn those it&#39;s exposed to into a slavering, cretinous, smelly, anthropophageous horde of rabble. With any luck, Roth&#39;s predilection for self-fellating will also rub off, causing all his fans to bend over and bite their own cocks off.

  • March 9, 2006, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Half the worlds population has never used the phone

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Which is really fucked up if you think about it. Thankfully I don&#39;t.

  • March 9, 2006, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Ummm... "a Roland Emmerich approach"?

    by Wonder Man

    Let&#39;s hope not.

  • March 9, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Childe Roland

    by DocPazuzu

    I agree completely with your assessment of King&#39;s ouevre. His short stories are, pound for pound, by far his most potent work. It wasn&#39;t until Insomnia that I finally realized why I was always left with a sense of melancholy after having finished his books, a feeling which grew progressively more pronounced with each novel. I had until that point been laboring under the notion that I was sort of sad to see the story come to an end and waving goodbye to a host of memorable characters. The truth of the matter was that I had instinctively felt that King had somehow let his own stories and characters down with his increasingly flaccid and aimless denouements. Every book I read after Insomnia (which I loathed) I actually started growing sad and apprehensive long before the ending because I just KNEW he wasn&#39;t going to live up to the novel&#39;s initial premise or the potential of the rich characters. Gradually even his character work and storylines began to suffer. His characters have become increasingly ludicrous and cringe-inducing, with the philosophical geniuses/bikers/brewers of Black House being the absolute nadir. Also, I hate Hate HATE how he&#39;s trying to tie virtually every supernatural occurrence in his novels together with connections to his "otherworld", with every final reckoning resulting in a deux ex machina display of power beams and love and shit, reversing - at the very last moment - the fortunes of his beleaguered heroes. I&#39;m still very fond of his short stories, his earlier novels and have an unfashionably soft spot for From a Buick 8, but as a whole, I regret to say that I&#39;m thoroughly de-Kinged.

  • March 9, 2006, 7:14 a.m. CST

    "It almost felt as if King didn&#39;t have a resolution...

    by ScaryJim

    Totally 100% agree with this statement .. what King was good at, well less so now.. was character development and short sharp shocks. I&#39;ve always preffered his short stories to his novels. I honestly think he&#39;s not ever done a really good ending to a novel- adequate, neccessary even fitting ones but never the amazing finale or twist. He totally fucked Tower after the fourth book. I struggled through wolves and gave up on Sussanah half way through . I did like cabin fever though, I thought it was a good laugh. shoot me..

  • March 9, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Hey, Lovecraftfan, kudos on a sharp analysis!

    by Roguewriter

    King has repeatedly told fans to "think positively" about the outcome of the tale, but I think I prefer your take on the novel -- and I hope you don&#39;t mind, but I shared some of your ideas on the message board over at Stephen King&#39;s own site (www.stephenking.com). Hope you don&#39;t mind. As you noted, "The ending is heartbreaking because it doesn&#39;t matter whether this idea ... will help the son or not. What [matters] is that Clay was desperate enough to do a hard drive wipe, even though it was doubtful it would work. That&#39;s what makes the ending sad." Your insight reminds me of two previous incidents in King&#39;s fiction that bear some similarity -- Bill Denbrough "riding to beat the devil" to save Audra in IT, and Louis Creed&#39;s broken, desperate effort to revive his wife at the end of PET SEMATARY, his mind utterly shattered by the showdown with the thing that had been his son. As we know, Bill&#39;s effort was a success; Louis&#39;s... not so much. Is Clay the hopeful, believing sort, like Denbrough? Or has he been broken inside in some fundamental way by the events he has endured, like Louis, and now is willing to risk any desperate, implausible fix he can find... even at the cost of dashing all hope, or, at worst, his own sanity? Looking at CELL&#39;s disconcertingly quiet middle third and particularly the final stretch of the tale, I like the latter idea. As Lovecraftfan wrote, "The book is cold and depressing because the characters realize halfway through that these things are smarter and stronger than they are and they will probably die." And your comparison to Matheson&#39;s I AM LEGEND was profoundly useful -- illustrating as it does the idea of homosapiens as a species whose day has ended, with something else crowding it off the map. Given that King dedicated CELL to Matheson as well as zombie auteur Romero, I think that&#39;s a very, very apt analysis. As someone who truly enjoys a good, ghoulish UNhappy ending, I like your way of thinking very much -- kudos to the first sharp analysis I&#39;ve heard about the novel&#39;s ending!! Time for a reread...

  • March 9, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Sentinals pics from x3 are up at Joblo.

    by The True Priapic

    Yet again,AICN have no cool news apart from hack Roth and his &#39;thoughts&#39;.

  • March 9, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Those Sentinals look like crap...

    by AnimeJune

    This is what would happen if Darth Vader, Skeletor, and the Terminator had a drunken three-way.

  • March 9, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    President of Harvard = Don Cheadle

    by Ninja Nerd

    Mikhi Pfieffer is too large....needs to a thin character and Cheadle is an excellent actor. And Steve Buscemi still doesn&#39;t seem like a mild-mannered gay guy with a cat. Buscemi would EAT the cat...LOL. Think of Bill Macy doing a more capable version of Bernie Lutz (The Cooler) as Tom McCourt. Clay is a tough call as is Alice. Ian Holm would be a GREAT Head. Jordan, I have no clue.

  • March 9, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST

    So I guess he&#39;s going to add...

    by Novaman5000

    Some boobies and a blow torch to the face. THAT&#39;S really all it takes to make a good movie, you know.

  • March 9, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    not fogetting

    by The Bobman

    the unknown white goo that comes out when you cut a rubber eye off from it&#39;s rubbery stalk

  • March 9, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I feel ya, Doc P...

    by Childe Roland

    ...on the progressive King burn-out. It actually happened to me while reading Insomnia as well. But I swore I would finish the Tower trek, and I did. After reading the last Tower book, I started doubting that the first four had been as good as I remembered (the mind plays tricks, you see), so I went back and read The Gunslinger again. It was fantastic (clearly begun back when his creative fire was still raging) and a fast read (no coincidence there). Then I went and re-read Night Shift and The Bachman Books. The guy was a fantastic writer once, and that&#39;s earned him a lot of loyalty...a lot of guys like you and me suffering through progressively less inspired and less fulfilling narratives in the hope that we&#39;ll trip across nuggets of gold shiny enough to reflect his past genius. I wish his "retirements" (have there been two or three of those?) had been for real so I could hold him in the esteem I think he deserved once upon a time.

  • March 9, 2006, 6:14 p.m. CST

    eli, noooo

    by beepbeep

    i loved cabin fever. loved hostel. but if your next two projects are a sequel and an adaptation of &#39;cell&#39;...just please no.

  • March 9, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Cell 2: Dead Zone

    by Neosamurai85

    Cell 3: No Signal, Cell 4: Dial Up, Cell 5: Son of Cell, Cell Vs. Ham-Radia, Cell Vs. Those fucking walkie talkie things that beep really loud and broadcast your fucking conversation across the room, and then after jumping, humping and totally dumping shark... Son of Cell 2: Cordless. Peace.

  • March 9, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Ok one more...

    by Neosamurai85

    Cell: The Begining. You see this is where we go back to the 80&#39;s and get to poke fun at the mega cordless phones while learning that the origin of all this mess was that fucking Buller kid trying to find that frequency that makes people pee for potential phone gags... why can&#39;t that damn kid just play a game of chess? Peace.

  • March 9, 2006, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Warren Ellis did &#39;flock mentality&#39; first

    by bryon vaught

    Third issue of &#39;Global Frequency&#39; called "Invasive". He called it a memetic invasion, where aliens rewrote the minds of a group of people, seeing it as the easiest way to actually invade. Much better than I&#39;m describing it, but very well done (if on a smaller scale than &#39;Cell&#39;). Definitely noticed similarities when reading King&#39;s book...

  • March 9, 2006, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Well, Childe Roland...

    by cutest_of_borg

    ...there goes my theory that you are actually Uncle Stevie himself come to slum with the fanboys. As for DT, I was disappointed with Flagg&#39;s demise as well. Still loved the ending, though. And yes, I love your idea about Roland having the horn at the beginning of the mini.

  • March 10, 2006, 7:40 p.m. CST

    anyone else

    by frank cotton

    catch the article on CNN about the woman who flipped her SUV, and when the paramedics arrived they found her severed arm still clutching her cell phone?

  • March 10, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Found copy of Cell that I could afford...

    by Lain Of The Net

    So I had the strangest day. First I&#39;m walking by a liquor store and I see this big guy nabbing these two kids stealing booze. This is in Ontario so let&#39;s face it - the minute these kids walk in the plain clothes guy is gonna be watching. Stranger still - I watched it go down. So then I go into my favorite used video and book store and while I am there the staff hustle out a guy they said had ripped them off in the past. I go in a lot but since I am only looking for things I am really dying for I don&#39;t buy much. Then I find King&#39;s Cell. They get a lot of review copies in there and mostly they haven&#39;t even been opened. So I got Cell for 20 loonies. That&#39;s Canadian for dollars and that included the tax. These books go for over 40 bucks up here. I agree with some of the above comments about King&#39;s endings. Sometimes his stuff just falls apart towards the end. Oh well - I still love the guy.

  • March 11, 2006, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Cell = Great Read

    by Flipao

    Tore through in a few hours... great premise, great execution, weak (as usual) ending. I kinda feel King lost the story as soon as he killed that character a bit past the halfway mark... Love the whole zerg-like collective mind thing finally being associated with cellphones, I hate the fuckers. The book reminded me a lot of Spielberg&#39;s WOTW, someone mentioned the opening 10 minutes should be one continued shot... couldn&#39;t agree more, also, if the get the right sound guy they can make it on the cheap.

  • March 11, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Roth and Zombies

    by Neosamurai85

    I have a lot of mixed feelings about Roth. Some not so mixed. I think the idea of him trying out the zombie gere might be good though. At least good for gore hounds. Love or hate Hostel it did dish out the gore pretty nicely. I&#39;d also be interested in seeing what Roth does with someone else&#39;s script... if he dosn&#39;t just adapt the book himself. Peace.

  • March 11, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    The ending of cell wasn&#39;t as bad as <SPOILER>

    by Ray Garraty #47

    ...the fact that throughout the book the characters generally agree that the Harvard Guy was not the leader, just basically a mouthpiece for the collective group, right? Basically, Clay mentions that there was no point in blowing his head off because another "zombie" would just step into the role. So why would blowing up the bus and killing the large county fair flock (including Harvard Guy) matter in the long term? I would have thought that Clay and Co. would have been killed either way by another group of telekinetic zombies from another area or by the humans that had been more recently recruited to guard the remaining sleeping flocks (the ones with the automatic weapons). And, as mentioned earlier, King did drink from the "blow up the zombies with dynamite or gasoline" well not once, but basically four times. If they can dial the Headmaster long distance and make him stab himself in the eye, why can&#39;t they make Clay&#39;s son attack him or make him kill himself? The pulse&#39;s programming hadn&#39;t degraded that much by the end of the book...although by killing that many phone people maybe the zombies&#39; collective power had faded regardless.

  • March 15, 2006, 12:34 a.m. CST

    <SPOILER> Where the pulse came from...

    by Col. Klink

    It was an alien invasion, right? Turning us into them, a la Dreamcatcher? I can&#39;t see how some random hacker sent a world-wide pulse that turned people into telepathic floating zombies.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    time to give him a break

    by JadeSuperHumanSharp

    I personally am thankful for Eli Roth and Alexander Aja because they're at least attempting something different in a horror marketplace that seems to be more and more pussified by the day. So, why not cut him some slack? If you compare Hostel to Cabin Fever, there's a huge leap there. Also, I just wanted to point out that there's an obvious "the individual in the face of conformity" thing going on with Cell that I think Roth would be wise to play on. Just a suggestion.

  • June 17, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I wish Roth actually made it...

    by The Amazing G

    I'd love to see Eli Roth's take on Stephen King and Cell seems like a good fit for Roth, shame he claims he doesn't want to do it