Benaroya Pictures adaptation of Stephen King‘s Cell has sold its American rights to Clarius Entertainment. The picture brings John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson back together again for their second King movie since 1408 hit theaters in 2007. 1408 did quite well at the box office, bringing back five times the $25 million dollar budget. Will Cell do as well?
Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod Williams is at the helm of Cell since Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) dropped out over creative differences. Michael Benaroya and Richard Saperstein are producing. Principal photography wrapped up last year and the finished film’s expected theatrical release, although unannounced, should happen later this year.
Cusack and Jackson are joined by Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games) and Stacy Keach (Nebraska, The Bourne Legacy). The synopsis of Cell:
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
Benaroya had this to say about Clarius gaining the US rights:
We are so glad to be working with Clarius, who recognize the broad commercial appeal of this high-concept genre film starring an impressive cast who deliver exceptional performances.
Louise Chater, Clarius’ head of acquisition said:
Cell is an exciting addition to our slate, with solid pedigree both in front of and behind the camera and a wild ride of a story for our cell phone-dependent culture. Our team is very much looking forward to working with these filmmakers and bringing the film into the US marketplace.
Fans of the book can rest easier knowing that Stephen King wrote the screenplay for Cell with slight revisions by Adam Alleca (Last House on the Left) and Mark Leyner (War Inc.).
Have you read the book?