Deadline is reporting that Mandate Pictures has won the rights to a new version of The Day of the Triffids. Mandate will produce the movie, which is based on the sci-fi novel of the same name by author John Wyndham, through Ghost House, a joint partnership between Mandate, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.
According to the report, Sam Raimi is also interested in directing the film. If you have not read the book or seen the original Day of the Triffids film from 1962, here is a short plot synopsis from Deadline:
It’s classic paranoid alien invasion stuff: when a shower of meteorites lights up the sky, it creates such a gorgeous sight that most earthlings can’t help but look. So 99% of the population goes blind as a result, but it gets worse. The meteorites unleash Triffids, plants capable of moving around so they can better attack the blind.
The Day of the Triffids has been remade twice for TV, once in 1981 and most recently in 2009, both times for BBC. The story still packs a lot of punch (an alien invasion is scary enough, let alone when you’re blind), so it’s no surprise to see there’s interest in remaking it as a feature-length film. Interestingly, in the original book, the meteor shower is tied to Cold War fears over Soviet Union weapons. That part probably won’t make it into the new movie.
Sam Raimi is always among the first choice of directors whenever a cool sci-fi/action project is announced. I only wonder where Raimi will pack this movie in among his myriad other producing and directing duties, including World of Warcraft; Earp: Saints for Sinners; Oz, The Great and Powerful; and The Shadow.