It looks as if the adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Cell’ is finally about to move forward as they’ve added Samuel L. Jackson (‘The Avengers‘) to the cast. We’ve known for over a year that John Cusack (‘The Raven‘) had joined the cast but there’s been no word of progress since that time. Cusack has been cast in 2 previous King films as he starred in both the classic 1986 hit ‘Stand by Me’ as well as what will be a reunion between Jackson and Cusack as they both had starred in the somewhat lackluster ‘1408’.
In the film we will see Jackson play an engineer who is also a former soldier named Tom McCourt. He joins up with with Cusack’s Clay Riddell as they try to search for Clay’s son. Not only that but there will also be a yet to be cast teenage girl named Alice that they save from the infected who is thrown into the mix as well. In a world overrun by bloodthirsty humans who act more like zombies than the people they once were, it’s a race against impossible odds to try and get to Clay’s son.
I won’t lie, while I’m excited to see him in more roles outside of playing Nick Fury but I am looking forward to his spot in ‘RoboCop‘ a bit more than this one. I love when Jackson is able to give off that crazy vibe that he can do so well which I suspect he won’t be doing in this film.
Here’s a synopsis for the book:
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.
Cell is set to be directed by Tod Williams (‘Paranormal Activity 2’) and the script will be written by Adam Alleca (‘The Last House on the Left’). While I did enjoy Adam’s previous work, both of these men have limited film history and I’m wondering how that will be when working with the two leads.
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Source: Cinema Blend