Stephen King’s 2006 novel, Cell, took a long and winding road to film with King himself ultimately providing the screenplay (along with Adam Alleca — who provided the script for the remake of The Last House on the Left in 2009 and then dropped of sight).
With Stephen King in the mix, and the casting of John Cusack as Clay Riddell and Samuel L. Jackson as Tom McCourt, you would have thought that Cell — a mocking sci-fi tale about cell phone users being turned into zombie-like killers (like that could happen) — would be golden for a summer theatrical release.
The trailer for the film, when first posted, looked sensational … instead, it went straight to VOD on June 10. That has to be read as nothing short of a disappointment — it must have been the best two minutes of the film.
In any case, word arrived this past week from Lionsgate Home Entertainment that Blu-ray and DVD editions of Cell will be available on Sept. 27. Will anyone really care after its been in the digital domain for over three months?
As to bonus goodies, Lionsgate reports that director Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) will provide commentary and there will be a featurette titled “To Cell and Back.”