It’s Halloween – and what would the world’s scariest holiday be like without some horror news? Pretty dull, if you ask us.
The feature adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Cell has been languishing in development Hell since Eli Roth bailed on the project a few years ago. Things could finally be picking up steam as Screen Daily [via STYD] says John Cusack is now set to star in the project.
Cusack, who starred in the horror master’s 1408, would tackle the lead role in King’s zombie tale. The story chronicles how a rogue cell phone signal turns everyone who was using their phone into zombies – and how one man fights through the apocalypse to reunite with his son.
Still no new director attached to the project, but some news is better than no news at all – and we suspect Cusack’s involvement will get filmmakers interested in competing for the gig.
Meanwhile, another high-profile filmmaker who’s been loading up on projects lately has added more to his already crowded schedule: Variety reveals that Ridley Scott has entered into a new deal with Focus Features and Orchard Park Entertainment to produce six low-budget genre films over the next three years.
The titles will run the gamut from horror to sci-fi to thrillers, and each will receive worldwide distribution. The titles will be produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen and will be shot on the Emerald Isle. We like that – Ireland is a great setting for horror flicks.
Scott offered up the following thoughts about the new undertaking:
“Our target is to create a structure that enables filmmakers to push boundaries and to excite audiences. Our proposed model of filmmaking allows us to give helmers the opportunity to really innovate through narrative, production techniques and distrib strategies."
No titles have officially been announced, but with a mere three years to get six films up and running, we expect projects to be revealed sooner rather than later.