The classic 1951 science fiction masterpiece, ‘The Day of the Triffids’ is finally getting a cinematic remake and has found a director! We knew last year that a writer had been found however that was just about the last we head heard on the matter. Now, It looks as if Ghost House Pictures has caught the interest of Mike Newell (‘Prince of Persia’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’) to tackle the project.
Previously a film had been created in 1962 and more recently a 2009 miniseries had been produced but an old science fiction film and a barely seen mini-series won’t stop this juggernaut of an idea from heading to the big screen.
The script was written by Neil Cross (‘Mama‘,’Dr. Who‘) and after his work on Luther which really caused Idris Elba (‘Thor: The Dark World’,’Pacific Rim‘) to shine. I cannot wait to see what he does here! The novel is such a classic piece of pulp science fiction and seeing it adapted with modern day technology will be a feast for all of our eyes!
If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a synopsis fo the book:
Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.
But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.
Are you looking forward to the film being released? Is 1962 long enough of a time for a reboot to be appreciated when it comes to science fiction? Sound off below!