Horror nut Eli Roth ("Cabin Fever") will direct Dimension’s movie version of Stephen King‘s "Cell," says Variety, as soon as he’s finished helming "Hostel 2." Stephen King and Eli Roth? Sounds like a solid match to me…
"Dimension Films has acquired rights to Stephen King’s latest novel "Cell" and has set "Hostel" helmer Eli Roth to direct it.
King’s novel is a throwback to his early apocalyptic horror novels. In a single moment, a pulse sent out through cell phones around the world turns every phone user into a crazed, murderous zombie.
"The combination of technology and horror is fun high-concept," (Bob) Weinstein said. "And Eli will make it right after he finishes ‘Hostel 2.’ " Roth wants to write the pic or co-write it, depending on the time constraints created by his horror sequel, which shoots in Prague.
Roth said King is his favorite writer and accepted right after reading the book.
"I couldn’t put it down. It was such a balls-out horror movie with a smart take on the zombie genre," Roth said."
The "Hostel" DVD hits shelves on April 18th.