The big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell appears to be a 1408 reunion.
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.”
Based on our last report in May, shooting was reportedly supposed to begin last month on Cell, based on the novel by Stephen King. I don’t think cameras have started rolling quite just yet, but I have discovered a piece of sales art that will likely be used to tout the film at the American Film Market next month.
The film will be directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) and John Cusack (1408) is attached to star.
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 (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s newly formed international sales company, International Film Trust, has added a new title to their Cannes slate: the Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack.
IFT has acquired the remaining international territories for Cell with Benaroya Pictures now on board to finance and co-produce.
The film will be directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) and shooting begins this September.
Last fall we saw John Cusack being attached to an adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell which is now being developed at Cargo Entertainment.
Today, we learn Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) is going to direct. The project was once a directing vehicle for Eli Roth when the adaptation was set up at Dimension Films.
Screen Daily reports King and Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left) penned the script and production is expected to begin this May.
Screen Daily is reporting that John Cusack (1408, Stand by Me) is getting back into the Stephen King business, signing to star in Cargo Entertainment’s Cell. The novel is described as follows:
Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way. Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone. In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son in Maine, he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “crazies.” The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “crazies” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man as they attempt to reach Maine and a place called Kashwak which they hope will be their salvation.