After years of waiting for the adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller, a trailer for”Cell” finally debuts.
Out of nowhere the new horror film trailer hit the internet from Saban Films. Yes! Saban films, seem to be trying to get into the more “mainstream” filmmaking game.
For those who don’t know, “Cell” was a novel written by master of horror Stephen King in 2006. It was his take on the George A. Romero style zombie stories. It all begins when every cell phone in the world rings at once and everyone who answers and hears a strange “pulse” is turned into mindless killers. They’re not technically zombies in the book, but they’re zombies. The main character (Clay) witnesses this while on a trip to Boston and must journey back to his home in Maine to find his family while creating a new unit of fellow survivors along the way.
While it is a treat for fans of the novel to see this film finally get made and with a R-rating, there are some points of concern. The book, while not extremely long, contains a lot of story and the reported run time is only 96 minutes. From the trailer we can see the moment the pulse “hits” is in an airport unlike the book’s Boston Common. Normally this isn’t something that would bother me but to put it simply, the book is a large-scale story and from the trailer it looks as though they may not have the budget needed for it. This is a shame as the opening attack is many fans favorite scene from the book.
Another minor change from the trailer is Clay using his cell phone, which in the book he did not own. Again it’s not a major issue. I’ll bet they felt it was too unrealistic for him not to own one in this day and age. And that speaks to the biggest concern; did they wait too long to make this? Back in 2006 when the book was written, cell phones weren’t quite as omnipresent as they are now. Also zombie films had made a big comeback, but it was still recent in that fad’s resurgence. Now aside from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” many viewers seem burnt-out on the zombie genre. Will this story be able to find its audience? As stated before this film took a LONG time in production with King himself writing and rewriting the script, Eli Roth getting attached then leaving the project, and most recently trouble with finding a distributor. The book is a dark story so that doesn’t surprise me. It also seems to back up my theory that even the studio isn’t sure what its audience will be as they’re releasing the film on demand first on June 10, 2016 and then in theaters for a limited run on July 8, 2016.