New Line rings up thriller ‘Cellular’

'Destination's' Ellis to helm Cohen script

Kim Basinger and Chris Evans are set to topline the thriller “Cellular” at New Line Cinema.

Basinger, who won the supporting actress Oscar for her work in “L.A. Confidential” in 1998, will play a kidnap victim who dials a number at random. When a young man (Evans) answers, she tries to persuade him to believe her, then find and rescue her.

David Ellis (“Final Destination 2”) will helm “Cellular” from a script by Larry Cohen — a scribe who knows a thing or two about terrifying phone calls: Cohen also penned “Phone Booth,” the Colin Farrell sniper suspenser that’s grossed $63 million worldwide to date for Fox. Jay Mackeye Gruber and Eric Bress did rewrites on the scripts.

Basinger is currently starring in “The Door in the Floor,” a pic based on part of the storyline of John Irving’s novel “A Widow for One Year.” It’s scripted and helmed by journo-turned-helmer Tod “Kip” Williams (“The Adventures of Sebastian Cole”) and set up at Focus Features.

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Evans appeared in Columbia farce “Not Another Teen Movie” for helmer Joel Gallen in 2001. He next appears in the Brian Robbins-helmed SAT heist drama “The Perfect Score” at Paramount and also stars opposite Jena Malone in the upcoming United Artists Baptist drama “Saved.”

New Line acquired “Cellular” in turnaround from Sony in spring 2002; producer Dean Devlin had originally intended to helm the project himself. Instead, Devlin is producing with former Sony exec Lauren Lloyd.

Lensing is expected to begin shortly, with New Line production prexy Toby Emmerich overseeing the project with exec VP of production Richard Brener and creative exec Keith Goldberg.

Both Evans and Basinger are repped by CAA.