Stephen King’s “CELL” joins “31” at Saban Films


Over the past year, the distribution game has changed rather radically in the independent film world. While studios devote more and more resources to blockbusters and tentpole films, smaller distributors with more radical release strategies have found solid footing by betting on the strength of their output. Entities such as STX and A24 have established their reputation with releases such as THE WITCH, THE GIFT and GREEN ROOM, and now, Saban Films looks to join them with a growing genre slate that includes Rob Zombie’s 31 and now, as per The Hollywood Reporter, Tod William’s adaptation of Stephen King’s CELL.

For those unfamiliar, here’s the official synopsis for CELL…

The apocalyptic film follows a struggling graphic artist who bands together with a small group of people to trek across New England to reunite with his son after a mysterious cellphone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals.

Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, ORPHAN’s Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach, CELL has been a longtime coming; the film was originally pegged to be Eli Roth’s follow-up to HOSTEL PART II nearly ten years ago before being produced independently in 2015. While Saban Films has yet to announce a release date or platform, one might assume it’d be close to the “limited theatrical” commitment they’ve given to Zombie’s 31. Stay tuned for more on CELL and Saban Films here at FANGORIA.com!

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