Sam Raimi Developing a New Version of 'The Day of the Triffids'
The triffids are coming! The triffids are growing! The triffids are killing! Sam Raimi has another project on his plate, too. Deadline reports that Mandate Pictures (The Strangers, Drag Me to Hell) won a bidding war recently for a new version of The Day of the Triffids that includes rights to the original novel, which was adapted into the 1962 sci-fi horror Invasion of the Triffids. At the helm is Sam Raimi, whose company Ghost House Pictures will produce this new version, but that's not all. "Raimi wants to direct it; the original was one of his favorite films as a boy." He's got a lot on his plate, but he may make room for this in the end.
The Day of the Triffids, originally, was a post-apocalyptic novel written in 1951 by the English sci-fi author John Wyndham. When a shower of meteorites lights up the sky, it creates such a gorgeous sight that most people can't help but look. So 99% of the population goes blind as a result, but it gets worse. The meteorites unleash Triffids, plants capable of moving around on three "legs" so they can attack the blind. This sounds like the perfect project for Raimi to take on. It's in his horror wheelhouse, plus it gives him a chance to try something new again, with giant deadly, mobile plants. There's no guarantee that Raimi will even direct this, but at least he's going to help develop it into the awesome modern sci-fi horror that it could be. Thoughts?