New adaptation of the post-apocalyptic tale in the works…

Mike Newell has closed a deal to step behind the camera for a new feature adaptation of John Wyndham’s classic sci-fi novel ‘The Day Of The Triffids,’ reports Deadline.

The book, published back in 1951, is officially described as follows:

“Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.

But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind.”

Neil Cross (‘Mama,’ ‘Luther’) will pen the screenplay for Newell, with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures partner Robert Tapert producing.

Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic tale was previously adapted into a 1962 film, and again more recently a 2009 miniseries starring Dougray Scott and Joely Richardson.