Tod Williams to Direct Stephen King’s ‘Cell’

John Cusack will star in this thriller about a man’s struggle to find his family after a deadly pulse is sent through all cell phones.

Cargo Entertainment lands Tod Williams to direct Cell
Cargo Entertainment lands Tod Williams to direct Cell
Cargo Entertainment has dialed up Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod Williams to take the helm of Cell. We reported back in October that John Cusack is starring in this adaptation of Stephen King's novel.

The story centers on Clayton Riddle (John Cusack), a graphic artist in Boston who is struggling to find his wife and son after a deadly pulse was sent through every cell phone. Anyone who was using their phone at the time of the pulse's transmission is transformed into a psychotic killer.

Stephen King co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left). The project had been in development for several years, first being set up for Eli Roth to direct back in 2006. We then reported in 2009 that the story would be adapted into a four-part mini-series, although a deal was never finalized.

Production is scheduled to begin in May, with Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, and Shara Kay producing.

Cell is in development and stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman. The film is directed by Tod Williams.

Sources: Screen Daily

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Comments (6)

  1. Julah

    I am looking forward to this! I'm glad the final screenplay was written by Stephen King and that John Cusack will be acting in it. Sweet! XD

    2 years agoby @JulahFlag

  2. Bryan Yentz

    I dug the book alright, but it did go in some strange directions that I was definitely not expecting (and not really for the better), but I'm glad King at least tried something different with the zombie genre, despite it not being entirely successful. However, I'd still like to see what could come of this project like seven years after the book's original advent (maybe a little too late now?).

    2 years agoby @bryanyentzFlag

  3. CelluloidDreams

    Boring book!!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  4. TheDude1

    Seems like it could be a good movie but this is an awful choice for director.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Even the phones celebrities carry deserve a shot in the spotlight

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Dan

    Fair warning to everyone: The ending blew chunks.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

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