Stephen King’s 2006 horror novel Cell is being adapted into a four-part TV miniseries, according to Fangoria. Hostel helmer Eli Roth was previously on board to turn this novel into a feature-length movie, but has since left the project. The horror/fantasy publication now reports that John Harrison (Book Of Blood) is writing the series for the Weinstein Company.
Set in King’s favoured New England locale, Maine, the plot of Cell is centred on mobile phone users around the globe being turned into rampaging killers. In a vein familiar to King’s The Stand, this story takes a post-apocalyptic turn and focuses on a band of survivors. The novel was generally well received by critics – The New York Times cited that: “The cell-from-hell premise gives this story an instantly powerful hook” – and it went on to become a bestseller.
As of yet the TV series is in the pre-production stages and has not been picked up by a broadcasting network.