Previously, Eli Roth was attached to script and direct a film of Cell, Stephen King‘s novel of zombification via mobile phone. That project ultimately crashed because The Weinsteins were producing and they just wouldn’t give Roth free reign. They are, after all, Weinsteins, the pair of ’em. Total Weinsteins.
And so then, Stephen King himself announced that he had written a draft, changing the end from the original after having received so many complaints, presumably from readers.Adam Allecca,
Now, the official announcement is that the film will go ahead with a script by King and Adam Alleca, writer of the Last House on the Left remake.
The film is being produced by Richard Saperstein, a former employee of Dimenson – a Weinstein survivor, if you will – and no director has yet been attached. ScreenDaily are reporting that John Cusack will take the lead role, who in the novel is a comic book artist.
Cusack previously played an author in the Stephen King adaptation 1408. “Filmmaker” must still be pending.
Here’s the official blurb for 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.