Stephen King’s written some pretty goofy books over the years, let’s be honest. I mean, did anyone read the one about the car that’s a gateway to an alien dimension? Or howabout the one about the hotel possessed by a giant, spectral manta ray? I’d say his 2006 novel Cell is relatively grounded, but I’m not sure if I can really say that’s true. The novel is a sort of zombie apocalypse deal, where a mysterious signal broadcast to every cell phone in the world turns everyone using their phone at the time into a rage zombie, rage zombies who later start to turn into some kind of massive hive-mind. A little silly, and more than a little on-the-nose with its “technology is turning people into crazy people or drones” subtext. Still, King’s never written a book that hasn’t been at least considered for the movie treatment, and Cell‘s inevitable cinematic adaptation got its first trailer today.
The movie version stars John Cusack as protagonist Clay Riddell, a (obviously) New England artist who managed to go un-zombified and embarks on a quest to save his son. Joining Cusask is Sam Jackson as one of Cusask’s party of survivors and Stacey Keach as the university professor who somehow seems to have all this figured out. Not gonna lie, Cell looks like it could wind up as a fairly generic zombie flick, driven by yet another “technology is scary” narrative. I swear, whenever a new piece of technology comes out someone finds a way to have it have a demon in it or turn people into zombies in a movie. But who knows, it could surprise us.
Check out the trailer below.