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Sam Raimi to bring The Day of the Triffids to the big screen

2nd March 2012

John Wyndham's classic sci-fi novel The Day of the Triffids is being adapted for the big screen by Sam Raimi, 50 years after the first film version of the book was released.

The Spider-Man director, who has spent the majority of his career in the horror and sci-fi genres, will produce the new film and act as a consultant alongside long-time collaborator Rob Tapert.

Wyndham's 1951 novel concerns mankind's fight for survival against mutated plants and received significant critical acclaim upon its publication.

It has been adapted for the screen three times - once in a 1962 B-movie, then twice by the BBC in 1981 and 2009 - though the new film will have a far bigger budget than any previous version.

The script for the production has been written by British screenwriter Neil Cross, who also developed the screenplay for the BBC series Luther, though a director has yet to be appointed.

Raimi has revealed that the film is pencilled in for a 2013 release, though his time is currently occupied with putting the finishing touches to Oz: the Great and Powerful, a prequel to L. Frank Baum's classic tale The Wizard of Oz.

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