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As fans eagerly (or not so eagerly) await the long delayed Dark Tower movie adaptation and now have a release date to look forward to when it comes to the It remake, another of Stephen King’s works will be hitting the big screen much sooner and, chances are, this one won’t even offend many of King’s Constant Readers.  Cell, based on the 2006 novel by the same name, tells the story of a world driven by cell phones – cell phones that turn their users into zombies. No, this isn’t a piece of King’s non-fiction work, though it may sound rather prophetic.  The novel is creepy and fast paced and if the new trailer is a true representation of the film, it appears the adaptation will follow suit. (more…)

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There has literally never been a better time to be a genre fan. Sci-fi and fantasy has been a staple of the silver screen since it began but the quality and box office success had always varied tremendously. Now, however, we are swamped with the stuff, in a true golden age, and most if not all is seen as both a critical and commercial success. It can be argued that this is a very specific, 21st Century phenomenon, starting with the huge success of the Harry Potter films that began in 2001, continuing with Spider-Man (2002) and it’s sequels – which brought a certain acceptability to big screen superheroes – and then the start of the Marvel dominance with Iron Man (2008). Sure, there have been occasional misses – any Fantastic Four film for example – but genre has come to dominate a great deal of Hollywood spend and blockbuster output. Would Disney have forked out the $4bn it did for the Star Wars universe if their similar spend on Marvel in 2009 hadn’t proved a worthwhile gamble? Would DC still be building their own Cinematic Universe had the Avengers not shown the way? It’s doubtful.

A quick glance at Coming Attractions for 2016 would see your attention drawn to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, Doctor Strange, reboots-of-a-sort Ghostbusters and Independence Day: Resurgence and……well, you’re a fan, you know exactly what’s coming. This is good. This is what we always wanted, for not only are most of what has come and what is to follow big-budget flicks of the sort that couldn’t be imagined only a relatively short time ago, but a lot of it is quality stuff that even the most jaded and cynical will buy a ticket for.

However, you should also cast your eye to the margins, to the smaller budgeted and promotionally-ignored films that are due your way. (more…)

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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? (more…)

For those that don’t already know, Stephen King, renowned horror book author extraordinaire, wrote a zombie story by the name of Cell.  It was going to be made into a movie, with Eli Roth in charge of the production, but like many things in Hollywood it got lost in the cracks and faded away.  With the continued surge in zombie-hype there’s just no way that such a potential bundle of cash could go unloved for too long, right?

Recent reports say that John Cusack is now attached to the production in a lead role, meaning that someone somewhere is trying to get this done.  There are no other indicators of who might be taking over in a production or directing capacity, however, so it’s still early in the gestational filmmaking process.

If you’re not familiar with the story of Cell, it basically revolves around a zombie apocalypse that occurs when some unknown force turns everyone who happens to be on their cell phones at the time into mindless beasts.  It follows the journey of a father out looking for his wife and son in the middle of all the shit that’s going down.

Well, I’m up for another zombie flick, how about ya’ll?

 

Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.