Stephen King's awesome zombie story Cell has been in development for years. The last we heard John Cusack was set to star in the big screen adaptation. Now, Paranormal Activity 2 director, Tod “Kip” Williams, has been hired to direct the movie from a script written by King and Adam Alleca (The Last House On The Left). The story centers on a graphic artist who is trying to reach his wife and son after a devastating pulse transmitted through a mobile phone network turns people into mindless zombies.
It's hard to judge how good of a director someone is based on a movie like Paranormal Activity 2, because with a movie like that, there's really nothing to it. But, Cargo Entertainment CEO, Marina Grasic, had this to say about the director,
Tod is a dynamic filmmaker whose work has been both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. He brings a unique and exciting vision to Cell that will appeal to audiences worldwide.
I'm just happy the movie is finally moving forward, and it's set to start shooting in May. Let's hope it turns out as fantastic as the book was.
Here's the description of the story from the book:
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.