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Cell officially postponed

07.31.2007by: Eric Walkuski

Even though it was fairly obvious when he threatened us with this possibility in his Myspace plea-for-money manifesto, it would appear that Eli Roth has officially proclaimed CELL on hold.

Horrormovies.ca claims Roth made the declaration at Comic-Con, and that heís working more intensely on TRAILER TRASH - that impossible (in my eyes) project that would string together an hour and a half of trailers.

As far as CELL's delay is concerned, apparently the screenplay is the culprit. Roth and screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski canít seem to crack what is admittedly a strange, frustrating (and repetitive) tale from the cukoo brain of Stephen King.

Those who know the book know that it gets off to a phenomenal, very cinematic start - only to become more surreal and obscure (especially in the handling of the villains, or "phoners") as it goes along. Roth has said in the past:

"I also want to keep, ... not necessarily that same chaotic tone, but I want to keep the tension of the opening 40 pages of the book going throughout the whole film and introduce other elements.

"Because I think the book, for me, where it loses tension is where suddenly you don't feel like the phone crazies are trying to kill them. "

Heís not wrong about that, and Iím completely in favor of an overhaul of the storyís 3rd act - and maybe a rethinking of the "evolution" of the phoners, which never fully worked for me. Obviously, theyíre making the right move by focusing on getting the script in order before moving forward...

Source: Horrormovies.ca

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12:03PM on 08/01/2007
Trailer trash describes itself perfectly. TRASH....Thats the worst freakin idea in the history of bad ideas. Roth is signing his ticket out of hollywood with it.
Trailer trash describes itself perfectly. TRASH....Thats the worst freakin idea in the history of bad ideas. Roth is signing his ticket out of hollywood with it.
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3:22AM on 08/01/2007
[link] to that Garthy!
[link] to that Garthy!
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12:40AM on 08/01/2007
Here's hoping that while he's out making that retarded piece of shit Trailer Trash, someone else steps in and makes a kickass movie out of Cell.
Here's hoping that while he's out making that retarded piece of shit Trailer Trash, someone else steps in and makes a kickass movie out of Cell.
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7:50PM on 07/31/2007

Agreed

Agreed, Acerbus, that King's spin is unique - they're not in fact "zombies" and they develop into truly weird entities - I'm just saying I didn't dig what they ultimately became - and I really didn't dig the way the book's last act flows. It really felt to me like King hit a wall with the idea and didn't know where else to go. So I'm hoping Roth and co. figure something out (not that I'm a HUGE Roth fan, but I'll root for him here...)
Agreed, Acerbus, that King's spin is unique - they're not in fact "zombies" and they develop into truly weird entities - I'm just saying I didn't dig what they ultimately became - and I really didn't dig the way the book's last act flows. It really felt to me like King hit a wall with the idea and didn't know where else to go. So I'm hoping Roth and co. figure something out (not that I'm a HUGE Roth fan, but I'll root for him here...)
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6:08PM on 07/31/2007

No overhaul

Geez...if you don't go with King's unique take on the "zombie" genre, then aren't you just making a standard zombie movie? What makes the book so damn good is that King takes "zombies" to a totally new place. The horror is more understated and psychological. Lose that and you might as well call it something else.
Geez...if you don't go with King's unique take on the "zombie" genre, then aren't you just making a standard zombie movie? What makes the book so damn good is that King takes "zombies" to a totally new place. The horror is more understated and psychological. Lose that and you might as well call it something else.
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