Actress Isabelle Fuhrman has done an excellent job securing a place in the world of genre films, her breakout role in Orphan leading her to play one of the villains in Gary Ross' The Hunger Games, and now she's getting set to work with material from a true genre master. Deadline reports that Fuhrman has signed on to play the female lead in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's Cell.
This wonít be the first time Jackson and Cusack co-star in a King adaptation, as they were both in Mikael HŚfstrŲmís underseen 2007 horror mystery 1408>, though Jacksonís role was limited to one major scene. I canít wait to see them share the screen together for most of a feature.
News of a Stephen King adaptation generally draws extreme reactions - either disgust or clueless joy. Iíll cop to being part of that latter group, though my enthusiasm is always kept in check by the sheer number of of projects he regularly has in development. As fans lay in wait for further development of 11/22/63, The Stand and The Dark Tower, at least one long-gestating project is starting up again.
Viewed from a certain angle, the 2007 John Cusack/ Stephen King collaboration, 1408, was a raging success. It grossed more than one hundred and thirty million dollars worldwide, and it actually got well above average reviews. In fact, it almost broke 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. Viewed from another angle, however, 1408 was a gigantic disappointment.