Paranormal Activity 2 helmer Tod Williams to direct Stephen King’s Cell

A movie adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic horror novel Cell has been on the cards from the moment the book was first published in 2006, with Eli Roth (Hostel) originally attached to write and direct before passing on the project in favour of Hostel: Part II. However, last year it was announced that Stephen King had co-written a script with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left), with John Cusack subsequently signing on for what will be his third King adaptation after Stand By Me and 1408.

Now the project has attracted a director, with Screen Daily reporting that Tod Williams (whose previous credits include The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Door in the Floor and the hit horror sequel Paranormal Activity 2) has signed on to direct Cell for Cargo Entertainment, with filming expected to begin in May. “Tod is a dynamic filmmaker whose work has been both critically acclaimed and commercially successful,” said Cargo’s CEO Marina Grasic. “He brings a unique and exciting vision to Cell that will appeal to audiences worldwide.”

Here’s the official book description for Cell

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. 

In addition to Cell, fans of Stephen King also have several adaptations to look forward to this year, including a remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Dark Shadows) and Julianne Moore (Game Change), along with a TV series based upon Under the Dome, which is co-produced by King and Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and is set to begin airing on CBS later in the year.

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