Stephen King’s Zombie Film CELL Finds Distribution
I’ve been wondering what has been going on with the big screen adaption of Stephen King’s Cell. The film completed shooting last year with Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman and has since been looking for distribution.
Well, it finally found it. Saban Films has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to the film, which means it will be released eventually. Cell was directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) from a script co-written by King and Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left). If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a brief synopsis:
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 (John Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
Saban Films president Bill Bromiley said in a statement:
“Stephen King is widely recognized as a master of the horror genre. Combining his talent along with Tod’s vision and this dynamic cast, which reteams King, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson for the first time since ‘1408,’ delivers a truly unique modern tale of survival.”
King shared his thoughts on the film and how it turned out:
“I enjoyed working on ‘Cell’ and love the way it turned out. Kip Williams has made a scary and thoroughly entertaining movie. But you may want to put your cell phone in the freezer after seeing it.”
I’m a fan of the book, so it’s good to hear that King approves of the movie. I can’t wait to see it!