Stephen King ‘Zombie’ Film ‘Cell’ To Be Directed by ‘Paranormal Activity 2′ Helmer

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Stephen King is an institution – it’s as true these days as it was during the late 70′s and early 80′s, when his best-selling novels turned him into a household name and helped propel horror fiction truly into the mainstream. While the adaptations of his short stories and novels – on the big-screen and the small – have been decidedly uneven, we’ve been seeing a real resurgence in King films lately. It helps that King – now in his 60′s – has been turning out some of his best work ever.

We have an updated film of his first published novel, Carrie, in theaters later this year, the TV mini-series version of his epic Under The Dome coming in June, and a possible prequel to the Stanley Kubrick’s classic The Shining, with King’s own sequel novel, Doctor Sleep, on its way this fall. Now, on the heels of the report that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is in talks to adapt the recent time-travel novel 11/22/63 for television, King’s more straight-forward zombie-thriller Cell has found a director in Paranormal Activity 2 helmer Tod Williams.

The director news comes from Shock Til You Drop - John Cusack will star as Clay Riddell, who in the book is a struggling artist about to celebrate the sale of his first graphic novel by re-connecting with his semi-estranged wife and son. He becomes stranded in Boston when a mysterious signal is broadcast across the entire globe’s mobile communications network, instantly re-programming turning anyone listening violent, mindless, and homicidal.

Cell was originally published in 2006, and while Hostel director Eli Roth was once set to direct, he departed the project in 2009. News about Cell faded into the background as the more high-profile King projects took center-stage, but with a star and director on board, the film will go before cameras in the fall with a script co-written by King and Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).

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Given the current zombie-craze which has swept through popular media, Cell could jump to the front of the pack if adapted correctly – or get lost in the shuffle if botched. The “zombies” in Cell have more in common with the rage-fueled cannibal swarm of 28 Days Later than the re-animated corpses of The Walking Dead. The book is quite a ride, with a unique spin on the genre and plenty of gruesome set-pieces.

More on the making of Cell as the project develops. In the meantime, Under The Dome premieres on CBS in June, and Kimberly Pierce’s Carrie opens on October 18, 2013.

Source: Shock Til You Drop

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  1. Cool, I enjoyed this book but, where’s my Dark Tower movies!?!??!

    • I’m glad somebody said it! we need Dark Tower

    • I’m with you princerino Dark Towers needs to be made into a movie!

  2. Umm Pontypool anyone????

    • This has been on my Netflix Queue forever. Been meaning to watch it but I keep getting distracted by Quatum Leap, Damn you Sam Beckett :-D !!!

    • Umm the novel Cell came out way before Pontypool, and is completely different.

  3. The book was good, but the ending was very lackluster if I remember correctly. Actually, thinking about it, the end of A LOT of King’s books are kind of lackluster.

    • Hopefully they will do the same as they did with the mist.

    • I agree… the way Cell ended was a head scratcher. Hopefully, they make the movie more interesting.

    • I agree entirely. Its like he gets tired of writing and just ends it. That being said, I still buy most books he writes. LOL. I’m disappointed. Of all his books, Cell sure isn’t one I was hoping to see on screen. I loved Insomnia and Lisey’s Story but maybe they’re too long to adapt to film.

  4. Call me a heretic, but I never thought King was that great of a writer. Good (read: “big”) publicist, and an easy-to-remember name, and that’s about it. For my spooky-read dollar, tho, make mine H. P. Lovecraft.

    • Yeah, I’ll call you a heretic. Lol.

  5. Cool, I like Cusack and I like Kings work so I’m I’m interested..

    “Given the current zombie-craze which has swept through popular media, Cell could jump to the front of the pack if adapted correctly – or get lost in the shuffle if botched. The “zombies” in Cell have more in common with the rage-fueled cannibal swarm of 28 Days Later than the re-animated corpses of The Walking Dead. The book is quite a ride, with a unique spin on the genre and plenty of gruesome set-pieces.”

    - Well said. I haven’t read the book but hopefully they go the 28 Days route. Just about every 2-4 months without fail(Almost certain about this) there is a new Zombie movie released through direct to video/netflix so following the book would be the best bet I would say.

  6. Well, this is all fine and good, but what of the reputed (and SORELY effing needed) cinematic update of The Stand?

  7. The book was pretty good, but John Cusack? C’mon man…..The dude is a dud of a lead actor. Just get Thomas Jane to play the main character again. It’s almost the same character as in “The Mist” so he would do fine.

  8. Another zombie movie… Really…?

  9. Sometimes a good idea should remain a good idea.

  10. I love all of Stephen King’s works. I stay up all night reading them. I have been reading and watching since I was 7. I can’t choose a favorite because they all are. This one will be a good take on zombies though.

  11. I love all of Stephen King’s works. I stay up all night reading them. I have been reading and watching since I was 7. I can’t choose a favorite because they all are.

  12. It was a great book, a page turner.

    However, I hope they don’t transform it into another “Dawn of the Dead” or “28 days later”. Look at “War Z”. The book was about the psychological aspects of an zombie apocalypse. The movie, at least from the trailers is something between Black Hawk Down and 28 days later.

    What I really want is a proper adaptation of Salem’s Lot. I know two were made but none really captured the feel the book.

  13. From the moment I read this book in 2006, I thought it would make a great movie. Sooooo happy it’s happening! along with my other fav, Under the Dome!

  14. Its much rather see talisman and black house hit the screen than dark tower or cell imho!

    • +100000000

    • Man I would LOVE to see a Dark Tower adaptation finally go into production. If Ron Howard or whoever is working on it now manages to get it off the ground then I’d love to see them weave in Black House, From A Buick 8, maybe even ‘Salems Lot & the other books based in the Dark Tower universe. Kinda like a Stephen King version of the Marvel Universe!

  15. Cell was the first Stephen King book I ever read

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