The film, which has had John Cusack attached to star for some time, now has attracted Samuel L. Jackson, Cusack’s co-star of another King adaptation, 1408.
According to a press release, Jackson “will play Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Cusack’s character, Clay Riddell, after a mysterious pulse, transmitted by cell phones, spreads like a virus through the human population.”
The film will be directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2).
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
Cell has been cruising along in development for a while now. Will Jackson’s involvement finally push this film into principal photography? Shooting is expected to begin in early 2014.