Samuel L.Jackson, who a few years ago was part of the Stephen King yarn “1408″, has signed on to star in another King-penned film adaptation “The Cell”, says Deadline.
As opposed to “1408″, which John Cusack headlined, Jackson has the lead role this time out.
Jackson plays Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who with Cusack’s Clay Riddell character flees from Boston as the world turns mad thanks to the phones. The pic focuses on the fallout when a powerful signal is broadcast across cell phone networks worldwide. The signal re-programs the users’ minds and makes them murderous beasts. Tod “Kip” Williams is directing the thriller based on King’s 2006 apocalyptic horror bestseller with financing from Benaroya. Production is set to start early next year.
King co-wrote the screenplay with ”Last House On The Left”’s Adam Alleca.