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Two of the four hundred or so Stephen King projects currently in development are making strides in casting. Jay Baruchel has signed on to lead The Ten O’Clock People, replacing Justin Long, while Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) and Stacy Keach (Nebraska) have joined John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in Cell. More details on both films after the jump.

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John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson are following up 2007′s 1408 with another Stephen King thriller. Jackson has just signed on to star with Cusack in Cell, not to be confused with 2000′s The Cell. This one centers on the idea that cell phones can kill you, and we don’t mean via brain cancer. Hit the jump for the latest details on this project.

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Stephen King has been good to John Cusack. One of the actor’s earliest roles was a minor part in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me, which adapted King’s novella The Body, from Different Seasons. And then King’s story 1408 provided the basis for a film of the same name that was a 2007 hit starring Cusack.

Now Cusack will go back to King’s imagination, as he has been set to star in an adaptation of the author’s novel Cell, “about a father’s odyssey to find his wife and son in the wake of a catastrophic pulse transmitted via mobile phones.” When the pulse hit, anyone using their phone was tranformed into a murderous, mindless monster, and Cusack will have to navigate that landscape. Read More »

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While signing copies of his new novel Under the Dome in a Dundalk, Maryland Walmart last night, Stephen King also took part in a decent-length, rapid-fire Q&A that has already been posted to YouTube. You can see the whole thing below the break, or leave it up to me to tell you which bits and pieces I found the most interesting.

  • King says early on in the clip that he “thinks” Under the Dome is “actually” going to be a HBO series. There’s no more info than that, and none more out there so far, but watch this space.
  • When asked if he’d continue the Dark Tower saga, King says that he has one more book to write and it will come between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. Don’t forget that we only just reported how JJ Abrams has stepped away from the proposed Dark Tower movie.

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Originally, the Weinstein Brothers’ planned for their option on Stephen King‘s novel Cell to translate into a feature film directed by Eli Roth. Recently though, Roth has confirmed that he’s moved on from the project in favour of self-created works. So what next? According to a new report from Fangoria, the plan to realize the Cell adaptation as a big screen movie left with him and now, John Harrison is scripting an adaptation to be shopped around the networks as a 4-hour miniseries. There’s no suggestion he’ll be using any of the material Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski developed for the Roth movie.

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Hostel/Cabin Fever writer/director Eli Roth is two weeks away from finishing a script for a science-fiction action film inspired by Cloverfield and Transformers.

“This will be my first big-budget, PG-13, mass-destruction movie,” Roth revealed. “I went total chaos and pandemonium. I feel like I pushed the violence in R movies about as far as I can push it. I feel like I’m bled out. I wanna switch it up. Everyone I know has been saying ‘When are you gonna do a movie my kids can see?’ And finally, I’m gonna make a movie that 13-year-old kids can see.”

No plot details have been revealed but Roth plans to make a big announcement next month. It appears that Roth is writing this new project completely on spec, as he says he will be shopping the project to all “the big guns.”

So what will become of Trailer Trash, the project that spun off from Roth’s experiences filming the faux movie trailer Thanksgiving for Grindhouse. The R-Rated “totally silly and absurd” comedy would feature a string of fake movie trailers that would somehow have a narrative through-line. The Mike Fleiss-produced project was set up at Raw Nerve, with an original August 22nd 2008 release date announced by MGM. As far as I can tell, the film has yet to begin principal photography. Roth was also attached to direct an adaptation of the Stephen King novel Cell for Dimension Films. But this adaptation seems to have fallen into development heck.

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Eli RothLast week I went to a screening of Hostel: Part II (which I really enjoyed). Eli Roth was in attendance and did a question and answer session following the screening. It was the first time Hostel 2 was screened for the public, so Roth was relieved to see that the audience loved the film. We recorded the Q&A, and are posting it for your enjoyment. Be warned, Roth does talk about some of the film’s plot points and twists. So if you haven’t yet seen the film, you might want to shy away. Also note that their is a brief pause where our recorder stopped for 30 seconds. Luckily we didn’t miss much. Note: This is not an interview. We will return tomorrow with that.

Running Time: 34 minutes

A time-coded chapter listing can be found after the jump.

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Mark Wahlberg is set to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s paranoid apocalyptic thriller The Happening.
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