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Roth To Direct King’s Cell
Eli to tackle Steven’s phone horror

08 March 2006  |  Written by   

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After he finishes work on horror sequel Hostel 2, once again due to shoot in Prague, Eli Roth has lined up another job. Dimension has hired him to direct, and hopefully adapt, Steven King’s recent phone thriller Cell.
 
The plot of the novel sees a mysterious pulse sent out to every mobile phone around the world, turning everyone using their phone at that moment into a violent, murderous zombie. Artist Clayton Riddell, in Boston to sell some work, has to get home to Maine and his estranged wife and son before they turn on their phones…
 
Dimension’s Bob Weinstein told Variety, “The combination of technology and horror is fun high-concept, and Eli will make it right after he finishes Hostel 2.” Yup, sounds like a barrel of laughs, Bob.
 
Eli hopes to write or co-write the screenplay, but that depends on his having time to do so while working on Hostel 2. We’ll keep you up to date as we hear more.

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RE: roch is rubbish!
ICN Exclusive: Who's writing the adaptation of Stephen King's CELL? Find out here!!!rl]   Ahoy, squirts! #000000]Quint] here... I've been awake for nearly 40 hours straight now. I started out waking up in Austin 5:45am CST Friday... and traveled to Prague (2 flights and a 6 hour layover at JFK)... where I got off the plane, got into my hotel, showered and left for the set of HOSTEL 2... stayed for the entire day... now I'm back in my hotel and am about to black out before I get to spen More

Posted by Glorfindel at 08:41 on 22 October 2006 | Report This Post

RE: roch is rubbish!
eli roth is a shit head. hes crap. i can see this is going to stink to high heavens already.   i saw the "roth" in the title and my heart sank. waste of money More

Posted by kumar at 14:57 on 01 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: roch is rubbish!
jeez, i really dont know what to say...i'm a HUGE stephen king fan, and loved all his books, cell included, but i have to agree with some previous posts; for the love of god, DON'T LET ELI ROTH NEAR IT!!!!!!!!  let him handle the next jason movie or something, and give the king to someone who can handle it.  mostly a claustrophobic tale of a small band struggling to cope with the end of the world, coupled with a road movie of sorts, this needs doing properly...j. j. abrahams anyone? More

Posted by rstainforth at 20:36 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

roch is rubbish!
When is sombody going to realise that Eli Roch is not the saviour of horror even if he did manage to fool Tarantino into endorsing him. Cabin Fever and Hostel are terrible movies and about as original as a hula hoops! They both look and feel like students made them. It just goes to show to get your next job in Jaded Hollywood all you gotta do is hit paydirt at the box office and you are a hero . As a Stephen King fan i await this movie with dread and expect it to be another in a long line of More

Posted by noseybonk at 15:10 on 16 March 2006 | Report This Post

didnt see this coming
good god its another stephen king book made film whooda thunk it More

Posted by asbo92 at 19:51 on 15 March 2006 | Report This Post

tripe plot
this plot is so thin and sounds like complete tripe More

Posted by fuckabees at 16:42 on 08 March 2006 | Report This Post

I KNEW IT
As soon as i started reading this book I knew it would be in pre production by now More

Posted by bobson13 at 16:02 on 08 March 2006 | Report This Post

I'm siding with wesker here, I'm 3/4 of the way through Cell right now and whilst I liked Roth's Cabin Fever, and look forward to Hostel, I was hoping for a director who can hold back a little when it serves the story. Maybe that's Roth and he just hasn't shown it yet - I hope so. Since early on the tone of the book has been reminding me of Spielberg's adaptation of War of the Worlds: a small group's personal story more than the worldwide one Roth talks about on AICN. I'm still hoping for good t More

Posted by alphabet at 14:28 on 08 March 2006 | Report This Post

man this sounds like a waste of talent. i mean its just 28days later all over again. you know, the not-quite-zombies schtick, which i might add is pretty half-baked here. i mean why? why? More

Posted by billythehick at 13:57 on 08 March 2006 | Report This Post

Bad News!
Roth seems to like doing horror movies in a sick-trashy fashion. While that can work, I think the tone of Cell, which I'm making my way through at the moment, is a little more intelligent and would need a more subtle director. More

Posted by wesker at 11:42 on 08 March 2006 | Report This Post

heres hoping
could'nt be worse than Dreamcatcher (shit weasels? that fucking orange thing at the end? what the fuck?) and lets hope Roth can deliver the best King adaptation since The Green Mile. i'm a King fan (though i have'nt read Cell but i might do once i finish the Dark Tower series and take a King break) and i maintain his best work is The Stand. could that not be adapted into three major films ala LOTR? the tv mini series was terrible (Jamey Sheriden as Randall Flagg? i always pictured him as a young More

Posted by Rock Lobster! at 10:12 on 08 March 2006 | Report This Post

This is good news!
Having been a King fan since my early teens, his books have become somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me well into adulthood. I must admit never having quite got into the whole Dark Tower thing and found some of his more recent books (probably the last decade's worth) rather pedestrain affairs... However, Cell was a definite return to something like his old self and having just finished it, can vouch for a suitably cinematic climax that Roth should be able to have a whole lot of fun with! More

Posted by klangster at 09:34 on 08 March 2006 | Report This Post


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