6 items from 2013
Just over one year ago, we learned that John Cusack would return to Stephen King territory by starring in the apocalyptic thriller Cell. The film follows a father desperately trying to find his wife and son after some sort of catastrophe begins spreading via cellular telephones. Now Cusack will have familiar company as Variety reports Samuel L. Jackson has come on board to star. Jackson and Cusack both starred in 1408, which was also based on Stephen King's writing. And if that wasn't enough of a reunion, 1408 producer Richard Saperstein is producing. He seems to like King's work since he also produced The Mist in 2007. Tod "Kip" Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor) is directed the film with production set to begin in January. The project is being sold at the American Film Market, but since production is so near, we're guessing this isn't one of those »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Tod ‘Kip’ Williams, the Gotham-based director who last helmed the found footage sequel horror hit Paranormal Activity 2. He’s next directing Tangier, a Tom Pabst-scripted indie that will be produced by Traffic‘s Laura Bickford. I’ll always remember Williams for having the stones to take it upon himself to charm author John Irving into giving him a free option on his bestselling novel A Widow For One Year. Irving had never heard of Williams, who had only directed the festival film The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole. His producer, Ted Hope, had an in with Irving in that the author was briefly his wrestling coach at Exeter. That got Williams a foot in the door, and he sold Irving on his pitch to take only a portion of a sprawling tale (most of Irving’s books are sprawling tales), and make that the focus of the film. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
No, not like that, you filthy perverts; but oh, how we love the way that your minds work. We're talking about the latest Stephen King adaptation that's been announced just in time for Cannes. Read on for some new details regarding Cell.
From the Press Release
On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s newly formed international sales company, International Film Trust (Ift), has added a new title to their Cannes slate - the Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack - it was announced today by Ift President Ariel Veneziano.
- Uncle Creepy
Benaroya Pictures and International Film Trust have acquired the rights to the remaining international territories for Cell, the forthcoming film based on the bestselling Stephen King novel. The film is set to be directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2). Read on for the full press release.
(Cannes, France) – May 15, 2013 – On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s newly formed international sales company, International Film Trust (Ift), has added a new title to their Cannes slate: the Stephen King adaptation, Cell starring John Cusack, it was announced today by Ift President Ariel Veneziano.
- Andy Greene
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, »
- Flickering Myth
News of a Stephen King adaptation generally draws extreme reactions - either disgust or clueless joy. I.ll cop to being part of that latter group, though my enthusiasm is always kept in check by the sheer number of of projects he regularly has in development. As fans lay in wait for further development of 11/22/63, The Stand and The Dark Tower, at least one long-gestating project is starting up again. Screen Daily reports Tod Williams has been tapped by Cargo Entertainment to adapt King.s novel Cell. Williams' most notable credit is his lukewarm sequel Paranormal Activity 2, though his earlier take on a John Irving novel for the film The Door in the Floor was much more concise and enjoyable. Production on Cell will begin in May with Williams working from a screenplay written by King himself along with Last House on the Left remake screenwriter Adam Alleca. King »
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