Stephen King's "Puls" (US-Titel: "Cell") soll verfilmt werden...
Clayton Riddell ist geschäftlich in Boston, hat schon Geschenke für seine Familie besorgt und möchte sich vor der Heimfahrt gerade bei einem Straßenhändler ein Eis kaufen, als die Welt untergeht. Geschäftsleute, Schüler, Busfahrer, alle Menschen, die in diesem Moment ein Handy am Ohr haben, laufen wie auf einen geheimen Befehl hin Amok, fallen übereinander her, schlachten sich gegenseitig ab, stürzen sich ins Verderben. Irgendwie können Clay, ein kleiner Mann mit Schnurrbart und ein junges Mädchen, das beinahe von ihrer Mutter umgebracht worden wäre, sich in ein Hotel retten. Sie sind völlig abgeschnitten von der Außenwelt. Clay will unbedingt herausfinden, wie es um seine Frau und vor allem um seinen Sohn Johnny steht, der gerade in der Schule war, als der mörderische Irrsinn losging. Zu ihm muss Clay Kontakt aufnehmen, bevor ein anderer es per Handy tut. Die Suche nach Johnny wird zur Schreckensmission durch eine apokalyptische Welt...
Die Dreharbeiten zu "Cell" sollten ursprünglich im Frühjahr 2008 - unter der Regie von Eli Roth (u.a. "Cabin Fever") - beginnen. Dann wurde es aber sehr still um das Projekt... Nun ist die Rede davon, dass John Cusack die Hauptrolle spielen wird...
Wie B-D meldet, ist die Verfilmung von Stephen King's "Cell" (Dt. Titel: "Puls") doch noch nicht vom Tisch: Angeblich wird John Cusack die Hauptrolle übernehmen...
STYD sprach mit Eli Roth, u.a. über "Cell" aka "Puls"...
[...] We also asked Roth whether the movie based on Stephen King's Cell was still happening, since we hadn't heard much about it since Roth was doing press for Hostel: Part II two years ago. "I walked off 'Cell' kind of quietly," he admitted. "There was just sort of a difference in opinion on how to make to film and what the story should be, and there's a different direction the studio wants to go with it. It was very friendly because it's the Weinsteins, they made 'Inglourious Basterds' and we're all friends. I said, 'I'm not really interested in doing the film this way. You guys go ahead and I'm going to make my own films.' I've also learned that I really am only interested in directing original stories that I write, that's another thing I learned through that whole process." [...]
Director Eli Roth has announced that he plans on taking a sabbatical from filmmaking for awhile, a move which puts his adaptation of the Stephen King story Cell on hold. Cell had been expected to be Roth's next directing effort.
Roth revealed on his MySpace blog that, after wrapping up international press duties for Hostel: Part II, "I'm going to take a long overdue break, since I've gone from one film to the next without stopping, just to recharge my brain a bit."
He added, "I am not directing Cell any time soon, and I most likely will take the rest of the year to write my other projects. Which means I wouldn't shoot until the spring, and you wouldn't see a film directed by me in the cinemas until at least next fall." [...]
Bei MoviesOnline.ca gibt es ein Interview mit Eli Roth...
Q: [...] What's going on with Cell?
Eli Roth: Cell, the writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are writing it. They wrote 1408 and they wrote Ed Wood and the People vs. Larry Flint and now that I'm getting closer to locking picture on Hostel 2, I've been meeting with them more regularly and they're working on the draft. My first question when I adapted it was can I deviate from the book. Am I going to piss off Steven King? I heard he was mad at Stanley Kubrick. I don't want him mad at me. Apparently Steven King said do whatever you want. My feeling is that you always do what's best for the film. There are certain elements that will make the book great, but first and foremost you owe it to the movie. I'm looking at movies like Steven King adaptations like Carrie and Creepshow, I mean Creepshow is dead on and The Shining deviates and it's still a great film. I think the key word is that it's an adaptation of the book and not a replication of the book.
Q: That opening scene sort of defines the book and are you going to preserve that?
Eli Roth: Yeah. I love the opening but I want to keep that not in the same chaotic tone, but I want to keep the tension of the opening 40 pages of the book going throughout the whole film and introduce other elements, because I think the book for me where it looses tension is where suddenly you don't feel like the phone crazies are trying to kill them. You feel like they're steering them and I find that it's finding other ways to make it so that you still feel the tension that any second you can get killed carrying that out throughout the whole film.
Q: A Boston setting?
Eli Roth: Yes, Boston definitely.
Q: Are you going to have Steven King cameo in Cell?
Eli Roth: If he'd like to, sure. There’s always room. That's a good thing about Cell because it's like crazy people running around and trying to....and everybody gets cameos. All of you will be in Cell. You'll all die in Cell. Everybody who wants to get killed, there's room for plenty of blood for everyone. [...]
Bei JoBlo.com gibt es ein Interview mit Eli Roth...
[...] Did you meet you with Stephen King yet?
No, not yet. He’s pretty swamped but we’re trying to link up. There is a plan for us to meet in the future if not today.
Did you hear about the movie The Signal at Sundance, which is very similar to Cell?
[...] back to The Signal, I know it has a similar premise to the Cell but it’s also like... what are you going to do? I think that where I’m going with Cell is so far different that what they’ve done in The Signal. In Hostel and Saw, there were similar things but there’s just nothing you can do about it. What can you do? You just go out and make the best film you can. If they are films that are similar territory; as long as they’re both good films, people will go out and see them. [...]
[...] a little info I received during my set visit regarding Eli Roth's upcoming Stephen King adaptation, CELL. It was announced he was directing it a while ago, but now a deal has been made to bring on the person (persons, in this case) who are adapting the novel (one that I believe is King's most fun book, not counting his Dark Tower work, in a decade). As the old knight would say... he has chosen... wisely...
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will be adapting Stephen King's CELL.
They recently rewrote Matt Greenberg's script for the Stephen King adaptation 1408, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Word around the campfire is that script is absolutely fantastic. [...]
Writer-director Eli Roth tells Production Weekly that he will begin production on Hostel 2 this September in Prague [...]
Roth also confirmed plans to direct Cell, an adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller, for The Weinstein Company, with production starting in spring 2007.
AICN zitiert Eli Roth...
[...] "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. In restaurants, in movie theaters, at sports events, all the places that people drive you crazy when they're talking on their cell phones. I see total armageddon. People going crazy killing each other - everyone at once - all over the world. Cars smashing into each other, people getting stabbed, throats getting ripped out. The one thing I always wanted to see in zombie movies is the actual moment the plague hits, and not just in one spot, but everywhere. You usually get flashes of it happening around the world on news broadcasts, but you never actually get to experience it happening everywhere. Then as the phone crazies start to change and mutate, the story gets pared down to a story about human survival in the post-apocalyptic world ruled by phone crazies. I'm so excited, I wish the script was ready right now so I could start production. But it'll get written (or at least a draft will) while I'm doing HOSTEL 2, and then I can go right into it. It should feel like an ultra-violent event movie. FUCK this is gonna be so damn fun!!!!!!! I can't wait!!!!!" [...]
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