Mike Fleming

Neil Cross has been set by Ghost House Pictures to write The Day of the Triffids, based on the classic sci-fi horror novel written by John Wyndam and the 1962 film Invasion of the Triffids.

In the original film, a meteorite shower produces a glow that blinds anyone looking at it. The majority of the population is left sightless, and prey to the Triffid plants that emerged in spore form from a previous meteor storm.

Mark Gordon, Michael Preger and Don Murphy are partnering with Ghost House principals Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert to produce. Ghost House principals Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce alongside Susan Montford.

Cross created and writes the terrific Idris Elba BBC TV drama Luther, and he scripted two Guillermo Del Toro-produced genre films: Mama, staring Jessica Chastain, which is in post-production; and an actioner called Midnight Delivery which is on the fast track. Del Toro also enlisted Cross for a polish on his upcoming giant-budget monster movie Pacific Rim.

Cross is repped by UTA and UK-based Independent Talent Group, and attorney Fred Toczek.