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Mike Newell to direct alien plant invasion remake Day of the Triffids

Jan. 24, 2014by: Alex Maidy
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Mike Newell, director of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, DONNIE BRASCO, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, and the recent GREAT EXPECTATIONS starring Ralph Fiennes and Helene Bonham Carter, is ready to make another big budget foray into science fiction and fantasy with an updated version of the novel THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS. If you live in North America, that name likely doesn't mean much to you, but Brits may recognize the story from both the big screen 1962 version or the 2009 mini-series on the BBC starring Dougray Scott and Joely Richardson.

THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS came out at the same time as numerous other movies about alien invasions at the height of the Cold War. The film's plot concerns otherworldly plant creatures that take over Earth after a comet blinds most of the human population. A small band of survivors must defeat the enemy. It may sound cheesy, but it will depend on whether or not Mike Newell is going for something outlandish and cartoony or something a little more like WAR OF THE WORLDS.

THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS is being produced by Ghost House Pictures from a screenplay by Neil Cross (BBC's LUTHER). No cast has been announced and the release date is still tentative. We haven't had a good big budget alien invasion movie like this in quite some time. Newell is an intriguing choice to helm this, but I think it will also depend on if this is aiming to be a tentpole feature or a quick little pulp flick.

Source: Deadline

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12:37AM on 01/25/2014
i really enjoyed the 60s movie this could be good
i really enjoyed the 60s movie this could be good
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10:30PM on 01/24/2014
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8:41PM on 01/24/2014
People will see the start and think that they stole it from 28 Days Later or Walking Dead...
People will see the start and think that they stole it from 28 Days Later or Walking Dead...
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7:17PM on 01/24/2014

I read the book in high school, very chilling

With the right director and script, this could be a great creature feature. I'm actually surprised this didn't make it into your list of 'Classic Monsters that Need to be Revived."
With the right director and script, this could be a great creature feature. I'm actually surprised this didn't make it into your list of 'Classic Monsters that Need to be Revived."
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6:18PM on 01/24/2014

Awesome book

Far ahead of its time. Very prescient regarding genetic modification, secret government experiments etc. The British 80's series was pretty good but the recent version changed far too much and was terrible. As long as they stick to closely to the book all will be well!
Far ahead of its time. Very prescient regarding genetic modification, secret government experiments etc. The British 80's series was pretty good but the recent version changed far too much and was terrible. As long as they stick to closely to the book all will be well!
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5:21PM on 01/24/2014

memories

I remember watching this movie daily whenever i went to my grandmothers house, she had a bag full of old VHS movies and i would watch this one religiously. So many memories.
I remember watching this movie daily whenever i went to my grandmothers house, she had a bag full of old VHS movies and i would watch this one religiously. So many memories.
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