Tod Williams is set to direct Cell, an adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel of the same name. Nothing to be surprised about, after all – Williams aka Kip is the man who stands behind Paranormal Activity 2, so he’s probably the perfect guy to bring an apocalyptic horror novel to the big screen, right?
Another good thing about this project is that John Cusack is still attached to play the lead (Clayton Riddell, I guess), and according to the latest reports – Stephen King adapted the screenplay together with Adam Alleca (writer of The Last House on the Left).
The movie will center on a New England artist who is struggling to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of his fellow humans into mindless vicious animals.
In case you’re not so familiar with King’s novel, here’s the official description:
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.
Production on Cell should start this May.
Stay tuned for more updates, ’cause this sounds promising!