It was just another day until spectacularly bright meteorites tore through the sky, blinding the vast majority of Earth's population and releasing evil asparagus-like creatures bent on world domination -- it was 'The Day of the Triffids!' Originally a novel by John Wyndham and then later a 1962 Steve Sekely film, 'The Day of the Triffids' was a gem of Cold War sci-fi cinema, as British as crumpets and as frightening as... crumpets. But little Sam Raimi fell in love with it as a child, and now Deadline is reporting that the 'Drag Me to Hell' filmmaker has -- in conjunction with Mandate Pictures -- won a seven-figure bidding war for the rights to re-imagine the property. The film will be produced under the Ghost House aegis, and Raimi is supposedly intent on directing it himself.
Raimi, of course, has recently been attached to approximately 93.2% of all new Hollywood projects -- he's spread thinner than the script of 'Spider-man 3,' and it's become difficult for people to believe his involvement in anything until the blu-ray is in their hands. But Mandate has never paid this much for the rights to a property before, so you can imagine that they're pretty intent on getting this thing to the screen in a big way. You can never really be sure what you're gonna get with a Sam Raimi film (sometimes a new movie of his seems like a gift, only to turn out to be 'The Gift'), but 'Drag Me to Hell' was a ferocious crowd-pleaser and hopefully his affection for the Sekely film will bring out his best. The story might sound a touch silly (because it is), but the film endured less for its imagery than for its unexpected resonance.