Ghost House Pictures has tappped Neil Cross ("Luther") to write "The Day of the Triffids," based on the sci-fi horror novel written by John Wyndam and the 1962 film.The film will be produced by Ghost House Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, and Preger Entertainment, LLC.
Mark Gordon, Michael Preger and Don Murphy are partnering with Ghost House principals Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert to produce. Ghost House principals Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will exec produce alongside Susan Montford. J.R. Young and Audrey Chon will oversee the project for Ghost House. Drew Simon will supervise the project for The Mark Gordon Company.
Cross created and wrote "Luther," which will air its third season on BBC. He was recently named one of Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch.
Cross currently has several feature scripts being produced by Guillermo Del Toro including the horror film "Mama," staring Jessica Chastain, which is in post-production.
Cross is represented by UTA, UK agent Michael McCoy at Independent Talent Group, and attorney Fred Toczek.
Preger is represented by Laurence Becsey of IPG and attorney Wayne Alexander of Alexander, Nau, Lawrence Frumes & Labowitz. Murphy is represented by attorney Craig Emanuel of Loeb & Loeb LLP.
Dan Freedman and Allison Mella Strina negotiated the deals for Ghost House.
Back in October 2010 Deadline.com reported the following news regarding this movie:
Mandate Pictures has won the auction for The Day of the Triffids. The film will be produced by Ghost House, the partnership between Mandate, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. The deal is seven-figures and I’ve heard it’s the most that Mandate has paid for a project package. Raimi wants to direct it; the original was one of his favorite films as a boy. Raimi and Tapert will board the producer roster, joining Michael Preger, Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford, and Mark Gordon, who previously worked with Raimi on A Simple Plan.
The rights package includes the original scifi novel by John Wyndham, which was previously used as the basis for the 1962 film. It’s classic paranoid alien invasion stuff: when a shower of meteorites lights up the sky, it creates such a gorgeous sight that most earthlings can’t help but look. So 99% of the population goes blind as a result, but it gets worse. The meteorites unleash Triffids, plants capable of moving around so they can better attack the blind. The rights are held were acquired over a number of years by Michael Preger, who was involved in another Wyndham novel adaptation, the John Carpenter-directed Village of the Damned. Preger is aboard to produce with Angry Films partners Don Murphy and Susan Montford, and Mark Gordon through his Mark Gordon Company. Murphy and Montford are teamed with James Cameron are producing the Guillermo del Toro-directed At the Mountains of Madness. They are also teamed with Preger on a movie version of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy.