A modern-day film adaptation of John Wyndham’s acclaimed 1951 sci-fi novel The Day of the Triffids is happening, and the studio has just locked in a director.
Ghost House Pictures has tapped Mike Newell (Prince of Persia, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) to direct the Triffids remake, which will be the first time since 1962 that the sci-fi classic about evil, sentient plants sees the big screen. There was most recently a 2009 miniseries based on the novel.
The script Newell will be working from was written by relative newcomer Neil Cross, who cut his teeth writing a few Doctor Who episodes and the screenplay for the recent horror flick Mama. He’s also the mastermind behind the absolutely awesome Idris Elba-starring BBC cop drama Luther. So, yeah, that script should not suck.
The film has been bouncing around development hell since 2010, and the premise should definitely benefit from modern technology, as CGI should provide some better options to make those attacking plants a bit more terrifying.
In the years since it was written, Triffids has become more and more acclaimed as an awesome example of the 1950s-era pulp sci-fi genre. It’ll be great for a whole new generation to have a chance to learn about the literary classic.
Are you glad to see Triffids will be heading back to the cineplex? Do you think it can beat the 60's sci-fi romp below?