Samuel L. Jackson has joined John Cusack in an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Cell. TheWrap has announced that the two actors, who previously worked together on Stephen King adaptation 1408, will be starring in the picture directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2).
Jackson is to play “Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Cusack’s character, Clay Riddell, after a mysterious cell phone-transmitted pulse spreads like a virus through the human population.”
The screenplay is being penned by Stephen King and Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).
1408 was a decent horror flick, with both Jackson and Cusack putting in good turns. Hopefully, Cell sees a repeat of that film’s success. The book isn’t one of King’s best, but there is a lot of potential for a big screen translation. Especially when you consider how movie-friendly end-of-the-world type plots are.
Production on Cell is set to start in January, 2014.