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Mike Newell to Helm "Triffids" Remake

By Garth Franklin Thursday January 23rd 2014 09:29PM

Mike Newell ("Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire," "Donnie Brasco") is set to direct the latest film adaptation of John Wyndham's iconic 1951 sci-fi novel "The Day Of The Triffids" at Ghost House Pictures.

Triffids are an intelligent and aggressive plant species with a whip-like venomous sting, a plant that mankind is cultivating for its oils.

When a global meteor shower renders most of humanity blind, civilisation collapses and those few who can still see attempt to establish a colony in the countryside.

The story was previously adapted on film in 1963 and twice for British television in 1981 to acclaim and in 2009 to derision. "Luther" creator Neil Cross has scripted the new take which will likely stick close to Wyndham's novel.

Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert, Don Murphy, Mark Gordon and Michael Preger will produce.

Source: Deadline

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