Two of the actors who starred in one of the more successful Stephen King adaptations are coming back for more.
According to The Wrap, Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack, who appeared together in the 2007 film of King's haunted hotel room story 1408, are reuniting in another King picture -- this time an adaptation of his novel Cell.
Cusack actually joined the film over a year ago; Jackson is just coming on board now. The movie starts filming in January and will be directed by Tod "Kip" Williams, whose one previous genre title is Paranormal Activity 2.
Cell, published in 2006, was about a mysterious signal, broadcast worldwide over cell phones, that turns most of the population into savage zombie-like creatures.
The key word there is "zombie." A film version of Cell has been in development since the year the book came out, with Hostel director Eli Roth attached for a while to direct it. After that, there was talk of a miniseries, and then the project went cold. But with the success of The Walking Dead and World War Z, it's hardly surprising that somebody (in this case a company called Benaroya Pictures) wants to get a King-branded story that's sort of in the same ballpark to the screen pronto.
King himself wrote a script a while back, although we don't know if that's the one that's being used.
As for Jackson and Cusack, whatever screen magic they have together helped earn 1408 a number of good reviews and $132 million at the worldwide box office -- a nice little sum for a movie that cost $25 million to make. Perhaps the producers of Cell are hoping that the same combo brings their film the same luck.
Do you think Cusack and Jackson will make a good team in their second King film together? More importantly, is Cell a book you'd like to see make it to the screen?