Sam Raimi wages a post-apocalyptic plant-vs.-human war in Triffids

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

A childhood favorite of San Raimi's, The Day of the Triffids joins a long list of projects the Spider-Man director is gearing up to make—and Mandate Pictures has ponied up seven figures to nab the rights for him.

John Wyndham's 1951 novel has been adapted three times over the years—as the 1962 film (Raimi's fave) and a pair of BBC miniseries: one in 1981, starring John Duttine, and the other just last year, with Brian Cox, Dougray Scott, Eddie Izzard and Vanessa Redgrave.

Triffids follows Bill Masen, a hospital patient who misses a meteor shower thanks to bandages over his eyes—and finds that the shower has rendered anyone who saw it blind. Wandering out of London, they discover massive plants called Triffids that can both walk and kill.

And killer plants are awesome. Except for when they aren't. Yeah, this one could go either way ...

(via Collider)