How odd: it was just last week that I dropped a Triffid reference when posting one of our stories to Facebook, and one of our readers was impressed that we actually remembered the Triffids in the first place. It spurred the creation of an unofficial GFR slogan (“Remembering Triffids: It’s What We Do”) and a round of fond reminiscing about the alien plants, but apparently we aren’t the only ones with Triffids on the brain. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Productions are developing a new film version of The Day of the Triffids, based on the 1951 novel by English writer John Wyndam.
Wyndam’s book tells the creepy story of a comet shower that blinds the Earth’s population, leaving them helpless prey for the Triffids, large alien plants with a taste for human flesh. The book was previously adapted into the classic 1962 film The Day of the Triffids, starring Howard Keel, as well as several radio and TV drama versions. This new incarnation is being penned by British writer Neil Cross, who created the critically acclaimed BBC cop drama Luther.
While the Hollywood remake machine is often a bad thing, this is actually one I don’t mind. The original Triffids film is a cult classic, but it’s not that well known amongst the general moviegoing populace, and it will be interesting to see the menacing plants rendered by more modern technology and effects. With a solid script, direction, and casting, this new Day of the Triffids could be the awesome plant-pocalypse movie M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening tried and failed to be.