Mike Newell to direct Day Of The Triffids film

News Simon Brew
24 Jan 2014 - 06:54

John Wyndham's sci-fi classic, The Day Of The Triffids, is heading back to the big screen...

Four Weddings And A Funeral and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire director Mike Newell has been hired to bring a new take on John Wyndham's The Day Of The Triffids to the big screen.

The film has been in developed for a while, with Ghost House Pictures putting the movie together, from a script by Neil Cross. That's the same Neil Cross behind Luther, who penned a couple of Doctor Who episodes in the last series run, and who also wrote Mama.

The Day Of The Triffids has, of course, enjoyed success on the screen before. A movie of the book was released in 1962, although it's arguably the BBC's television adaptation from 1981 that's best known (and that terrified this writer as a child). More recently, the BBC broadcast a two-part mini-series in 2009, that featured Dougray Scott.

There's no timescale that we know of on the new film, but we will keep you posted. Newell, incidentally, has also been linked for some time with a movie of The Box Of Delights. We spoke to him at the end of 2012 about it, but as it stood then, the script was in place, but he wasn't having any luck getting Hollywood producers to pay for it. We suspect, sadly, there's been no progress there.


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