A remake of Day of the Triffids is being prepped for production in the UK, and this morning Variety reports that a huge slew of stars have signed on for the project including Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard, Jason Priestly, Dougray Scott and Vanessa Redgrave.
Based on the best-selling 1951 novel by John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids takes place in the near future, where scientists have developed a new kind of fuel supply, oil-producing plants called Triffids, which backfires on humanity in a big way. After a comet renders most of the planet’s population blind, the plants break free of their prison and start feeding on people. The most well known adaptation of the book was the 1962 Steve Sekely film.
Scott will play hero Bill Masen in the new Triffids, which was penned by “ER”/”Law & Order” scribe Patrick Harbinson. Most significant to UK viewers is that the new mini-series, which wraps filming in April, will be the first production to be broadcast in high definition on the BBC.
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