A little over a decade ago, Stephen King published a book that was widely received as “above average, but not fantastic” by the masses. The book is titled ‘Cell,’ and it’s plot follows the tale of a technological virus that was transmitted to all the people in the world on their cell phones, turning them into something akin to zombies. After being stuck in “development Hell” for years, the film is finally making its way in front of audiences, and the first trailer for the film has been given to us.
Starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, the film appears to have been made using a more non-traditional and “under the radar” approach to its production and marketing; ‘Cell’ is actually due to be released on Video on Demand (VOD) on June 10, 2016, before being released in US movie theaters on July 8, 2016. Here’s the trailer for you to check out:
Here’s the “official” synopsis of the film:
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.”
As mentioned, the film has been planned for a long time but has gone through several hurdles and issues. Just a few months after the book was released in early 2006, Dimension Films bought the rights to produce a movie and had hired Eli Roth to direct it, targeting a 2009 release date. In 2007, however, Roth posted online that he would not be directing ‘Cell’ “anytime soon,” and in mid-2009, he dropped out of the project completely. Later in 2011, King himself announced that he had finished a screenplay version of the book, while intentionally changing the ending of the story. Casting began with Cusack in 2012 and Jackson in 2013, and the film is now finally ready for audiences.
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