Deadline reports that Mandate Pictures has picked up The Day of the Triffids, which will be produced by Ghost House Pictures, the partnership between Mandate, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.
The site says that Raimi wants to direct the film. He’ll produce with Tapert, Michael Preger, Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford, and Mark Gordon (A Simple Plan).
Based on a 1951 novel by John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids tells the story of genetically engineered hyper-intelligent plants that, after most of humanity is blinded by a meteor shower, begin to attack and devour the world’s population.
The story was previously adapted (albeit loosely) into a British film version in 1961 and also spawned two television serials in 1981 and 2009.