View Full Version : Stephen King's Cell being made into film

James Boba Fettfield
03-08-2006, 11:45 AM
Dimension Films has acquired rights to Stephen King's latest novel "Cell" and has set "Hostel" helmer Eli Roth to direct it.

Rights deal followed King's usual movie rate, $1 against a seven-figure purchase price with enhancements built in.

King's novel is a throwback to his early apocalyptic horror novels. In a single moment, a pulse sent out through cell phones around the world turns every phone user into a crazed, murderous zombie.

Mike Fleiss and Chris Briggs, who with Roth produced "Hostel" and are readying the sequel, will produce "Cell."

Deal marks Dimension's second deal with King, as the studio prepares to cast the Mikael Hafstrom-directed adaptation of the King novella "1408," which Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski adapted. Dimension topper Bob Weinstein said the fast progress to production on that thriller helped the studio's cause with King's new bestseller.

"The combination of technology and horror is fun high-concept," Weinstein said. "And Eli will make it right after he finishes 'Hostel 2.' "

Roth wants to write the pic or co-write it, depending on the time constraints created by his horror sequel, which shoots in Prague.

Roth first dialed in with Bob and Harvey Weinstein when they were pitched "Hostel" by exec producer Quentin Tarantino. The brothers felt the film was too violent, but Roth said they told him later they'd made a mistake and they were determined to get the next one.

Roth said King is his favorite writer and accepted right after reading the book.

"I couldn't put it down. It was such a balls-out horror movie with a smart take on the zombie genre," Roth said.

Project will be steered by Dimension production head Richard Saperstein, senior veep Matt Stein and Brendan Deneen, with CAA repping both the book and director.


I've had my copy since the weekend after its release and still have not read it. I was too sidetracked by Richard Matheson, Brian Keene, and some other reads. Maybe next week, though.

03-08-2006, 01:22 PM
I don't know what the big deal about Roth is. I've not yet seen Hostel but Cabin Fever sucked.

03-08-2006, 01:50 PM
SCORE!!! I got this book the day it came out and love it. I got about 80 pages left. The last few nights i've read it I've had some REALLY warped dreams. Can't wait to see who they cast in it!! :thumbsup:

James Boba Fettfield
03-08-2006, 02:13 PM
I don't know what the big deal about Roth is. I've not yet seen Hostel but Cabin Fever sucked.

I, too, hated Cabin Fever. I would not mind seeing Hostel, but my brother tells me it was not worthy horror. Mostly just gore and nudity.

I think that is why some think he is a big deal. He embraces the things that people think horror is about. One thing I cannot fault him for is his passion for the genre, but that does not necessarily mean he is meant to be a creative force within it.

Anyway, many horror fans of today want nudity, blood & guts, and all the "bad" language imaginable. For that group, Eli Roth delivers. Personally, I think that attitude is rather juvenile. I think Eli is missing the point that should be behind all horror. What he has delivered so far has not shown me otherwise.

El Chuxter
03-08-2006, 02:51 PM
So this is the first one he released after he said he'd written his last novel, right? :p

Personally, I'd love to see someone tackle The Dark Tower series, LOTR-style. Only they need to re-write that POS Book VII.