John Cusack Set To Star In Big Screen Adaptation Of Stephen King's CELL

Way back in 2006, it looked as if Eli Roth would helm the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's unique take on the zombie genre, but those plans fell through and we've heard very little since. Well, it is now being reported that John Cusack is set to star in the film which finally has a finished screenplay.

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By Josh Wilding - 11/1/2012

Screen Daily is reporting that John Cusack (2012, Hot Tub Time Machine) has signed up for presumably the lead role in the long gestating adaptation of Cell. According to the site, "New York and LA-based Cargo Entertainment arranged financing on Cell and president of distribution Mark Lindsay will introduce what is expected to become one of the buzz titles of the AFM to international buyers." Many fans of Stephen King have been left unhappy with how the various adaptation of his work have been altered during their transition to the big screen, so it should come as a relief to learn that he co-wrote the screenplay alongside The Last House On The Left's Adam Alleca. "I’m thrilled to be working with Stephen and John again," said Dimension Films president of production Richard Saperstein. "Cell is an intelligent psychological thriller that delivers on both a visceral and emotional level."

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.


Source: Screen Daily
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jimoakley666 - 11/1/2012, 7:36 AM
Oh, wow, yet more zombieszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......
KNIGHT3000 - 11/1/2012, 7:38 AM
Is this the same movie Sarah Marshall told us about that time chilling in Hawaii?
KNIGHT3000 - 11/1/2012, 7:39 AM
GodzillaKart - 11/1/2012, 7:39 AM
King has written so many better books than this! Why not Insomnia, or The Dome?
Niem8211 - 11/1/2012, 7:40 AM
I just want Dark Towers... No More... No Less
KNIGHT3000 - 11/1/2012, 7:40 AM
KNIGHT3000 - 11/1/2012, 7:41 AM
KRISTEN BELL IS SO COOL...
Stumblin - 11/1/2012, 7:57 AM
Sounds like something from Shamalamalama. Premise is hilarious, I will be skipping this one.
justified1 - 11/1/2012, 8:19 AM
Kristen Bell is so hot!

Stephen King is the man.
WesleyGibson - 11/1/2012, 8:44 AM
1408 was a damn good film, especially with Cusack in it. Hopefully this one will be just as good.
hoperidesalone - 11/1/2012, 8:54 AM
YES! When I read the book, I actually pictured Cusack as the main character. People, read this book. While it's not a great book by any means, it's absolutely ridiculous.
RedMosquito - 11/1/2012, 9:00 AM
I read this book all the way through waiting for it to explain what the pulse was, and who was responsible for it, but it never pays off. Had i known that at the start i wouldn't have bothered reading it. In fact, it's not a great book in general and the hope of an eventual explanation was what kept me reading, but it never comes. Damn annoying that was.
siggisuperman - 11/1/2012, 9:28 AM
The book was good, but it was good for reasons that I don't think will translate well to film. Very hard to make this anything other than just another zombie movie.
parallax1987 - 11/1/2012, 4:59 PM
Great casting, I always pictured Ryan Reynolds for the role when I was reading the book, but Cusack is totally awesome. People that bag on the book have not obviously not read something that was just good, intense, character filled books. Cell is an awesome book and one of my favorites and this is great news. Made my day.
parallax1987 - 11/1/2012, 5:00 PM
Don't make fun of my grammar or sentence structure
AUSSYACE - 11/3/2012, 1:06 AM
Sounds like a pretty good concept...
KNIGHT3000 - 11/5/2012, 9:52 PM
Kristen Bell should be in this

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