Now that he's just finishing up with his gruesomely anticipated Hostel: Part 2, professional horror geek Eli Roth is starting to set his sights on that next project we're all so curious about: His adaptation of Stephen King'sCell, which is expected to begin production later this year. He's presently refining the screenplay with the writing team of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski -- plus he just got the blessing from King himself to deviate from the source material if he really wants to.

Sci Fi Wire shares the words from Mr. Roth: "My first question when I adapted it was, 'Can I deviate from the book?'" ... It's Stephen King. Am I going to piss off Stephen King? He was mad at Stanley Kubrick [who adapted King's The Shining], I don't want him mad at me. And, finally, Stephen King was like, 'Do whatever you want.'" (Personal interjection: I think this is pretty great news, because, as much as I enjoyed Cell, I definitely think it runs out of steam and gets a little scattershot during Act III.) Eli seems to agree with me a little bit: "I love the opening [scene] ... But I also want to keep, ... not necessarily that 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." So wait. He's going to take an established story and actually add his own ideas into the mix? It won't be a slavish and paint-by-numbers adaptation like that Da Vinci flick? Well, cool!

On top of all that, the director also wants to shoot the film in Boston and get Mr. King to pop in for a cameo appearance, and we know howmuchfun those occasions can be. (And for a whole lot more of the Eli guy and H2, Cell and his outrageous Thanksgiving trailer, stop by, because they have a 20-minute audio interview with the guy!)
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