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.