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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 03.31.16] post apocalyptic zombies horror thriller

Saban Films just announced they've acquired the US distribution rights to the post-apocalyptic horror film Cell starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games). That means the film will see some kind of release (hopefully) in 2016.

Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).

When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) bands together with a small group of fellow survivors to trek across a decimated New England to seek answers and reunite with his son.

Saban Films President Bill Bromiley said, “Stephen King is widely recognized as a master of the horror genre. Combining his talent along with Todd’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.”

“I enjoyed working on Cell and love the way it turned out,” said Stephen King. “Kip Williams has made a scary and thoroughly entertaining movie. But you may want to put your cellphone in the freezer after seeing it.”

Cell was fully financed by Benaroya Pictures and produced by Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company.

Jonathan Saba and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films, and Ben Weiss of Paradigm, Ben Kramer and Nick Ogiony of CAA, and Joseph Lanius of International Film Trust on behalf of the producers.

Recommended Release: CELL, a novel

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MegaDude (5 years ago) Reply

Enjoyed the book until the part where the "zombies" started levitating. Hope they leave that out of the movie.


MichaelRAllen (5 years ago) Reply

Levitating zombies?

This sounds good. This is officially on my radar.


chuck (5 years ago) Reply

What an original idea! Why hasn't anyone done this before?


Geoduck (5 years ago) Reply

For better or worse, Cell was *not* a sterotypical zombie novel. Who knows what path the movie took.


chuck (5 years ago) Reply

I was thinking of the 'mystery signal makes folks go nuts' trope.


MichaelRAllen (5 years ago) Reply

What? Like David Bruckner's The Signal, or Pontypool? There have been a few.


Lenny (5 years ago) Reply

Yeah but the book came out in 06 before those two. It's a good book! And I Loved The Signal but this does not sound like it's gonna be good to me...


donc48 (5 years ago) Reply

I'm not sure about this movie. I was looking forward to Cell when it first came out. I liked the book up to the ending. I might give this a look I might not.


Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemanagic Jackson III (5 years ago) Reply

King >--- car accident fucked him up

Kiss Darktower goodbye

Someone give me Akiva Goldsmans address
Find a way to fix this.


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