Back in November we reported on how John Cusack was set to work once again with Stephen King after the pair collaborated on 1408. The new film they were working on was The Cell, and while it was very exciting news back then, there was no director attached to really give us proof that this would finally happen (the film has been knocking around for years). Today news finally comes of who will helm the adaptation.
Paranormal Activity 2 and The Door in the Floor director Tod ‘Kip’ Williams has been tapped by Cargo Entertainment to direct The Cell, a wise choice indeed. While it wasn’t perfect, Paranormal Activity 2 should that Williams has a lot of potential, and The Cell could well be his chance to prove himself.
Former Dimension executive Richard Saperstein will produce Cell through his own Genre Company alongside Brian Witten and Shara Kay. The screenplay for Cell has been written by King himself, in collaboration with The Last House on the Left scribe Adam Alleca.
Here is the synopsis for The Cell, courtesy of Amazon:
‘Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.’
The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within hours, those receiving calls would be infected.
A young artist Clayton Riddell (Cusack) realises what is happening. He flees the devastation of explosive, burning Boston, desperate to reach his son before his son switches on his little red mobile phone . .