Stephen King’s ‘Cell’ Calls up a Director

When we first got wind of Stephen King’s zombie novel, Cell, getting a film adaptation, Eli Roth was one of the names attached to direct. Despite Roth’s involvement falling through, the project still moved forward as they announced back in October that their leading star would be John Cusack. According to Screen Daily, not only does the film sound like it might actually get made, but they’ve found the right man for the job.

Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod “Kip” Williams will be the man behind the camera in Cargo Entertainment’s adaptation of CELL. While I’m not totally sold on the idea of Williams directing just yet, I’ll give the man a pass as he’ll be working directly off of a script written by Stephen King himself along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left remake).

I’m slowly making my way through King’s massive library but have yet to read Cell, so I’m interested to see if Cusack and Williams are the right fit. Something tells me that a mix tape and a radio won’t be enough to help him save the world from a zombie apocalypse, but I can totally get behind the notion of John Cusack murdering hordes of the undead.

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.

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15 thoughts on “Stephen King’s ‘Cell’ Calls up a Director

  1. This is bad news. Cusack alone makes me disappointed, as he’s becoming kind of the next Nic Cage. Also, anyone involved with any of the Paranormal Activity films cannot direct worth a damn. Why give them an amazing Stephen King story, I don’t know. Glad to see Hollywood will be raping one of my favorite books.

    1. I need to read the novel, been making my way there slowly! Cusack CAN be good, it just depends on the role. You’re right tho, he’s beginning to tread into the Nic Cage waters.

  2. What are some of your favourite books of his Ryan? I tried to get through a couple, but was so disappointed I ended up not finishing them (and I basically never don’t finish a book). BUt then I read “Carrie” on holidays which I absolutely loved. So looking to try more (I am put off my the bloody hugeness of quite a few of them though)

    1. Most of his books are ridiculous in size so it can certainly be off-putting at first. I honestly haven’t read a book of his that I didn’t like. But it really depends on what you’re into. His Dark Tower series is BEYOND epic, so if you’re into fantasy it’s an amazing series. The Stand lives up to the hype, it’s brilliant. I’m a fan of his newer novels even though not a lot of people seem to be. Under the Dome has one of the most evil characters I’ve ever seen in a book and 11/22/63 is really thrilling and has a cool premise behind time-travel. If you find yourself not being able to finish his novels though, I’d suggest starting with his collections of short stories. Some of the best film adaptations of his work came from his short stories, The Stand, The Mist and Shawshank Redemption were all short stories. Just recently read Carrie as well and it’s amazing. You might just wan’t to stick to his shorter novels for now, so maybe check out Dolores Claiborne, that’s a really fast read and it’s pretty damn good.

  3. Loved this book, intrigued to see it as a film. Since zombies are cool now, I figured this would get done sooner rather than later. I just dont see Cusack fitting this role…….wasnt who I pictured when I was reading it.

  4. I’m an enormous King fan! This novel wasn’t my favorite though. I read the whole thing, however. There’s not as much zombie killing as there is running around and hiding…we’ll see.

    1. Huge King fan here as well! Haven’t read ‘Cell’ yet though. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reactions from it which is why I’ve never been in much of a hurry to read it.

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