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King's Cell calls TV

Jul. 13, 2009by: Dave Davis

A few years back, horror guy Eli Roth was planning a feature adaptation of Stephen King's phone apocalypse novel CELL.

Now it sounds like the carnage-filled epic might be getting squeezed down to a smaller size (while extending in length). Arrow in the Head says that filmmaker John Harrison (CLIVE BARKER'S BOOKS OF BLOOD) is currently writing a four-hour TV/cable miniseries based on the bloody book.

The Weinsteins are apparently still behind the project, which means we'll maybe see it someday, or not. King's story is a twist on the zombie genre in which mobile phones deliver an apocalyptic payload into the brains of users, creating a world of vicious, mindless killing machines and leaving pockets of low-tech survivors (and devastated network providers).

Roth is no longer involved, but he'll probably be busy for a while putting together his own grand-scale sci-fi destruction project ENDANGERED SPECIES (and maybe whacking more noggins with a baseball bat, if Tarantino has his way).

Extra Tidbit: Actor Campbell Scott (ROGER DODGER, THE SPANISH PRISONER) narrated the audiobook version of "Cell".
Source: AITH

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11:35AM on 07/14/2009

Go for it.

I prefer a longer mini-series to a 2 hour film. Especially if that film were being made by Eli Roth. Bah.

The miniseries tends to get me more connected with the characters than a traditional film would, and with Stephen King plots, the more you are connected with the characters, the better the experience will be.

I say go for it. I'm sure it will be at least mildly enjoyable, and that's all I ask. Everything of King's can't be a winner.
I prefer a longer mini-series to a 2 hour film. Especially if that film were being made by Eli Roth. Bah.

The miniseries tends to get me more connected with the characters than a traditional film would, and with Stephen King plots, the more you are connected with the characters, the better the experience will be.

I say go for it. I'm sure it will be at least mildly enjoyable, and that's all I ask. Everything of King's can't be a winner.
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10:16AM on 07/14/2009
At least Wings' Steven Weber will have another job. He always seems to get into these King mini-series.
At least Wings' Steven Weber will have another job. He always seems to get into these King mini-series.
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9:52AM on 07/14/2009
Ahhhhh-another mini series-rather have a feature film. Oh well...
Ahhhhh-another mini series-rather have a feature film. Oh well...
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8:40AM on 07/14/2009
I was really looking forward to a big screen, no holds barred adaptation. Eli Roth would have squeezed some good stuff into a film that had at least somewhat of a moderate budget. Now, that it's going mini-series, it's destined to be not gory, not scary, not good. Which sucks, cuz the book had plenty of that stuff. Also, probably lame actors and a crappy made for tv look to it. I cant imagine the mayhem that started off the book being filmed too well for a miniseries. No planes crashing,
I was really looking forward to a big screen, no holds barred adaptation. Eli Roth would have squeezed some good stuff into a film that had at least somewhat of a moderate budget. Now, that it's going mini-series, it's destined to be not gory, not scary, not good. Which sucks, cuz the book had plenty of that stuff. Also, probably lame actors and a crappy made for tv look to it. I cant imagine the mayhem that started off the book being filmed too well for a miniseries. No planes crashing, maybe a car crash or two into fire hydrants. People screaming in the BACKGROUND, not right in front of the camera because they're getting their necks chomped into.


Balls this is bad news.

And no, jenniferaniston I'm not looking for ageless hotties and hot cougars. So quit asking.
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4:33AM on 07/14/2009

BAH!

The story is pretty much like Shamalamadingdong's story about the trees killing people. Only instead of trees, it's a mysterious signal being broadcast over the cell phone that turns people to rage.

Do we really need this story to be made again? It was one of the crappier (and more hackneyed than usual) King stories.
The story is pretty much like Shamalamadingdong's story about the trees killing people. Only instead of trees, it's a mysterious signal being broadcast over the cell phone that turns people to rage.

Do we really need this story to be made again? It was one of the crappier (and more hackneyed than usual) King stories.
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1:51AM on 07/14/2009
Damn shame. 'Nuff said.
Damn shame. 'Nuff said.
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12:33AM on 07/14/2009

If it goes HBO style...

I'm game. Otherwise all the best and goriest stuff will be cut and we'll be left with a lame adaptation of the source material.

Also, this isn't AintItCool, stop with the "First" post shit.
I'm game. Otherwise all the best and goriest stuff will be cut and we'll be left with a lame adaptation of the source material.

Also, this isn't AintItCool, stop with the "First" post shit.
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12:32AM on 07/14/2009

Oh man...

"The Weinsteins are apparently still behind the project, which means we'll maybe see it someday,or not"

If they dont go bankrupt first.

Please get a good director and good actors for this cuz 85% of King's miniseries ( except for IT and maybe Rose Red) were horrible.
"The Weinsteins are apparently still behind the project, which means we'll maybe see it someday,or not"

If they dont go bankrupt first.

Please get a good director and good actors for this cuz 85% of King's miniseries ( except for IT and maybe Rose Red) were horrible.
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10:55PM on 07/13/2009

1st?

I liked this book and King's batting .500 for mini-series, so I'm hoping for the best.
I liked this book and King's batting .500 for mini-series, so I'm hoping for the best.
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