It’s been announced today that Samuel L. Jackson is set to star in Stephen King’s apocalyptic thriller Cell.
Based on the best selling novel by Stephen King, the film also stars John Cusack, and will be directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor).
Jackson will play Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Cusack’s character, Clay Riddell, after a mysterious pulse, transmitted by Cell phones, spreads like a virus through the human population.
The screenplay for Cell was written by Stephen King and Adam Alleca (Last House on the Left).
Richard Saperstein (The Toxic Avenger, Hancock, Se7en) and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call) are producing along with The Genre Company’s Brian Witten and Shara Kay. Marina Grasic and Jan Korbelin of Cargo Entertainment will executive produce.
Production is due to commence in January 2014.
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”