'Harry Potter' Director Mike Newell Witnesses 'The Day of the Triffids'
Way back in 2010, we learned that Mandate Pictures (The Strangers, Drag Me to Hell) won a bidding war 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. Sam Raimi was going to direct, but it appears the project has fallen away from the filmmaker, and now Deadline reports Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Donnie Brasco director Mike Newell is taking on the project that still has a script from Neil Cross, and is still being produced by Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. The story sounds more than a little weird. Read on!
The project sounded perfect for a genre filmmaker like Raimi as the story sees 99% of the human population stricken blind after a shower of meteorites lights up the sky, and creates such a gorgeous sight that most people can't help but look. The meteorites unleash Triffids, plants capable of moving around on three "legs" so they can attack the blind, leaving the blind trying desperately to fight them in order to survive. Newell fared well with Goblet of Fire, but this sounds like something very weird and different for the filmmaker, especially coming off something like a new adaptation of Great Expectations. Thoughts?
Sorry to be pedantic but I just wanted to correct a couple of points in your story... The triffids don't arrive with the meteorite storm, they already exist on Earth but don't become truly dangerous until most of mankind has lost its sight, allowing their own numbers to flourish and elevating them to the top of the food chain. And it's not just blind people fighting to survive, the main character has retained his sight along with a small number of others, some who are friendly, some not. It's the conflict between these parties, struggling to survive and rebuild civilisation, that forms the basis of the story. It is one of the most influential sci-fi books ever written, providing inspiration to a slew of post-apocalyptic stories including Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later and countless others. There's a 1970s BBC tv adaptation that looks pretty dated now but captures the mood well and features some great images of a crumbling future London reclaimed by nature, as cribbed by I Am Legend. Considering the ongoing popularity of this kind of story it's unsurprising that Hollywood is looking to have another go at this, but whether they can make the triffids as frightening as they are in the book remains to be seen. Maybe they'll go the 28 Days... route and make them turbo plants.
eurogibbon on Jan 24, 2014
This sounds like a neat picture, I look forward to it.
Brian Sleider on Jan 24, 2014
What's going on with his movie that has Cristoph Waltz as Gorbachev and Michael Douglas as Reagan? I haven't heard anything about that in over a year.
Rick on Jan 24, 2014
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