Berlin: Clarius Nabs John Cusack's 'Cell' for U.S.

Samuel L. Jackson also stars in the film based on a Stephen King novel.

Clarius Entertainment has answered the call for Cell, nabbing U.S. rights for the thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

Directed by Tod "Kip" Williams, the Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Co. film is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Also starring Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach, the film centers on a powerful signal that is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, instantly and dangerously reprogramming cell phone users' minds. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty "phoners."

Clarius is eyeing a wide theatrical release later in 2015. International Film Trust is handling foreign rights to the film, which it is actively selling at the European Film Market in Berlin.

King adapted his own 2006 apocalyptic-horror novel for the film, with revisions by Adam Alleca and Mark Leyner.

Michael Benaroya, Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten and Shara Kay produced Cell, while Cusack, Paddy Cullen, Edward Mokhtarian, Armen Aghaeian, Xavier Gens, Laurence Freed, Stephen HaysPeter Graham, Ben Sachs, Tyler A. Hawes, Brian Pope, Geno Tazioli, Marina Grasic and Jan Korbelin executive produced.

"Cell is an exciting addition to our slate, with solid pedigree both in front of and behind the camera and a wild ride of a story for our cellphone-dependent culture," said Louise Chater, Clarius' acquisition head.

CAA and Paradigm negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with William K. Sadleir from Clarius Entertainment.

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