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John Cusack Calls Up Cell
He's back in Stephen King territory

31 October 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Screen Daily

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As the nights draw in and the creepiness levels rise, John Cusack’s mind is turning to horror. Just yesterday, word arrived that he was planning to star in scare-fest Due Process. Now he’s also going back into Stephen King territory for an adaptation of Cell.

The book, which hit shelves in 2006, finds struggling graphic novel artist Clayton Riddell searching for his missing wife and son after a mysterious pulse from every mobile phone starts turning people into zombie-like psychopaths.

King is on screenwriting duty for this one, working alongside The Last House On The Left’s Adam Alleca. There’s no director attached yet, but we expect one to be locked in soon enough.

This is not the first time someone has tried to bring the novel to the screen: Eli Roth jumped on the idea when it was first published, but ditched it to focus on his own original material. Then writer John Harrison began to develop it for TV. Now, however, it will be back in movie form.

Cusack previously stalked into King’s world for 1408, and Cell finds him reunited with that film’s producer, Richard Saperstein. “I’m thrilled to be working with Stephen and John again,” Saperstein tells Screen Daily. “Cell is an intelligent psychological thriller that delivers on both a visceral and emotional level.”

Talking of terror, Cusack will be playing a killer in The Frozen Ground, which is due out next year. And, even scarier, he’s Richard Nixon in Lee Daniels’ The Butler


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Forget John Cusask movies, he should bottle and sell whatever it is that makes people cream in their pants about him for no apparent reason. I've never got this guy and I don't think I ever will. He's an average actor who really thinks he's the shit. It's a bigger mystery than anything Stephen King could ever come up with. More

Posted by BenTramer at 17:45 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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This of course would be the third time Cusack was in a Stephen King film. Sure, it was more of a tiptoe rather than a 'stalk', but let's not forget his stint in Stand By Me. More

Posted by JediBobster at 15:40 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: John Cusack Calls Up Cell
Excellent love Cusak & a good King novel should make for an great combination. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 15:08 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: John Cusack Calls Up Cell
I fuckin love cusack, I can watch him at his best and in really shit movies of which he has done many. don't know why, just can. Looking forward to this Cusack for Bond More

Posted by Dannybohy at 14:21 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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I really liked 1408, not because it was great (it was a 3 star film) but because it was something different. I'm looking forward to this film, but I'd really love an update on IT. Wasn't this announced a year ago? More

Posted by eleanorharris at 13:31 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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