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Mark Newton

When talking about classic sci-fi literature, there are only really three titles which jump into my mind: Brave New World, Atlas Shrugged and of course, The Day of the Triffids.

While all three have had their movie big screen versions in the past, it looks like The Day of the Triffids will get a swanky, up-to-date adaptation.

For those of you unfamiliar with John Wyndham's magnus opus, The Day of the Triffids tells of a meteor shower which blinds most of humanity. However, those who manage to retain their sight have another problem to contend with: ferocious and deadly walking plants. Now, in this day and age of zombies, kaiju and xenomorphs, the idea of killer plants might seem a bit silly, but let me assure you, back in 1951 this stuff would have [email protected] you up. Big time.

According to Deadline, the book will once again we reworked into a movie directed by . This seems like a relatively unusual project for Newell, whose previous work includes Four Weddings and A Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Great Expectations. Despite this, I feel like the combination of his previous work could actually result in someone ideal to bring The Day of the Triffids to the big screen.

The book has been adapted into movies twice before. In 1962 it received a low-budget, but much loved adaptation, starring Howard Keel and Nicole Maurey, while in 2009 it was once again remade as a miniseries with and .

What do you think? Are you excited to see The Day of the Triffids getting another go on the big screen, or is time to leaf it alone? Let us know below.


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