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Luther Writer Neil Cross Tackling The Day of the Triffids Remake

We’ve known for more than a year now that Sam Raimi has acquired the rights to make a new adaptation of The Day of the Triffids, the plant-themed alien-invasion novel by John Wyndham. While it’s still unclear whether the Evil Dead and Drag Me To Hell director will helm the film, Variety now reports the project now has a screenwriter: Neil Cross.

Best known for creating the super-smart BBC detective series Luther, Cross also has a number of projects in the works with Guillermo del Toro.

The Day of the Triffids, originally published in 1951, depicts an extraterrestrial invasion that starts with blinding meteorites that spawn man-eating plants. The book has been adapted several times including into a number of radio plays as well as a film in 1962 and a pair of BBC TV movies in 1981 and 2009.


  • Aeonwing

    And let’s not forget the comic adaptation in Marvel’s Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction from 1972! Gerry Conway and Ross Andru (yeah, I looked it up, all I remembered was picking it up off the stand at the 5&10 and being blown away)…

  • Mark Walley

    Let’s also not forget that 28 Days Later is as effective an adaptation of The Day Of The Triffids as anything else has been.

  • Haydn Clark

    Its not the story of an extraterrestrial invasion though. The book hints at genetic engineering to create the Triffids though where they come from is never really confirmed and they are known about long before the Meteor shower at the start of the book. Bill the hero is stung by a Triffid as a boy even and works with them as an adult as they are harvested for an oil.