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King's Cell Coming to Big Screen

Published March 8, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image from Amazon
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Stephen King's latest creation, Cell, has some strong similarities to your usual zombie tale but keeps a strong enough story to keep it out of the 'living dead' genre. On a single day a 'pulse' is sent through all cell phone communications causing those with their ear against the speaker to become something similar to that of a zombie. Being compared to a computer harddrive, the brains of each affected human gets reset, dropping each to the lowest form of development-- madness and destruction.

What begins as a major problem only gets worse when the affected humans begin to 'flock' and communicate in a way that can only be described as telepathy.

Just because you don't own a cell phone does not mean you are in the clear. The 'flock' has figured out how to influence unaffected humans as well.

Cell Coming to Screen

Since adapting novels to screen has been the greatest thing since sliced bread, it was only a matter of time before one major studio got on the ball and picked up this latest fantasy thriller from King.

According to Variety, Dimension Films has acquired rights to Stephen King's Cell and has already set Hostel helmer Eli Roth to direct.

The deal with Dimension followed King's usual movie rate, $1 against a seven-figure purchase price with enhancements built in

Mike Fleiss and Chris Briggs, who have recently worked with Roth on Hostel, will produce Cell.

Cell is Dimension's second deal with Stephen King, as the studio prepares to cast the Mikael Hafstrom-directed adaptation of the King novel 1408, which Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski adapted.

Eli Roth admitted that Stephen King is his favorite writer and he looks forward to adapting the novel to the bigscreen. Depending on time constraints due to Roth's involvement with the sequel to his last film, Hostel, Roth is looking to either write or co-write the adaptation.

Stay tuned for updates.

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