Hey guys! Horrorella here...
An adaptation of Stephen King's Cell has been underway and stalled pretty much since the book was released back in 2006. It has gone through multiple writers, Eli Roth was once going to direct, it was going to be turned into a television miniseries at one point, but plan after plan just seemed to fall through.
But now it looks like the project is finally coming together. Tod “Kip” Williams (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2) will be directing the film for Benaroya Pictures and the Genre Company, from a script by King himself and Adam Alleca (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake). John Cusack will be playing the lead role of Clay Riddell.
The Wrap is now reporting that Samuel L. Jackson has just joined the cast, and will be playing the role of Tom McCourt, "an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Cusack’s character, Clay Riddell, after a mysterious cell phone-transmitted pulse spreads like a virus through the human population."
Cell certainly had its problems and didn't come together perfectly in the final act, but it was still a book that I enjoyed, and one that I look forward to seeing on the big screen. The opening sequence where the transmission first hits, sending everyone using a phone into a state of what can I can only call "violently bat-shit craziness," is something that really felt exciting and cinematic when I first read it, and I can't wait to see how Williams shoots it.
And it will be great to see Cusack and Jackson team up for another Stephen King adaptation (the last one being the super-creepy 1408).
What do you guys think?