Despite my incredible and unflinching disdain for Hostel and 2001 Maniacs, I do stil have great faith in Eli Roth – even if seeing his face now makes me want to punch him in the head instead of shake his hand (I’m not sure why). It was announced today that he would be the man to direct the adaptation of Stephen King’s latest novel, Cell, for Dimension.
I haven’t read King’s new take on the zombie genre (a pulse sent through cell phones causes people to go crazy), but it is supposed to be pretty kick ass. I always had respect for Stephen King, but honestly never read any of his work until the last few months when I started reading his Dark Tower series. I’m only on the second book (of seven), but fuck is it awesome. It’s the most refreshing horror/fantasty blend I’ve ever read or seen.
Quint at AICN got some quick words from Roth himself about the project, which isn’t going into production until he finishes his current
abortion job, Hostel 2. He is as giddy as a fan boy, as usual (which is one reason I began to fellate the man in all horror discussions). But I’m eager to put the past aside and let myself get excited about this:
I fucking LOVE that book. Such a smart take on the zombie movie. I am so psyched to do it. I think you can really do almost a cross between the ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake with a ‘Roland Emmerich’ approach (for lack of a better reference) where you show it happening all over the world. When the pulse hits, I wanna see it hit EVERYWHERE.
I think Roth has got HUGE potential to really come into his own as a horror director and if he stays away from material that is crippled by its cliche college co-ed characters, the man will probably make a very, very memorable film. Here’s to hoping Cell is it.