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A simple cell phone ring sets off a high-speed, high-stakes adventure in the action thriller Cellular. The film follows an apathetic 20-year-old's transformation from surfing slacker into heroic figure when fate calls on him to save the life of a kidnapped woman, forcing him to race through the streets of Los Angeles in an effort to locate her.

Ironically, the story behind how Cellular came to be is packed with nearly as many twists and turns as the final film itself. The project originated several years ago when a script penned by Larry Cohen – the screenwriter behind another acclaimed phone-related thriller, Phone Booth – came across the desk of Lauren Lloyd, who was working as a Sony Pictures Executive Vice President at the time.

Lloyd liked what she read, but was unable to rally her fellow executives to acquire the project. Still, there was one key element to the story that captured her attention.

"When I first read the script, it was about a guy who wasn't very heroic,” says Lloyd. "He was a driver for a bank robbery and the woman wasn't really kidnapped. But this single idea of staying on a cell phone when someone's life is in danger and being unable to hang up, seemed so visceral and immediate that I loved the script.”

Shortly after reading the original Cellular script, Lloyd left Sony to become an independent producer. Remembering the potential she saw in the script, she quickly acquired it for herself. Lloyd then took the script to her close friend Dean Devlin, the accomplished producer behind such action blockbusters as Independence Day and The Patriot. Devlin took to the concept and agreed to team up with Lloyd to further develop the project.

Wanting a fresh take on the concept, Devlin and Lloyd brought in screenwriter Chris Morgan, and together they hammered out what would eventually become the final Cellular storyline. For Morgan, the film offered a chance to write the kind of action movie that had always appealed to him – a story about how an everyday person can become heroic when faced with a certain set of trying circumstances.

"I've always been a fan of movies where the hero isn't the smartest or toughest guy, but he is the one with the most heart – someone like Indiana Jones, for example,” says Morgan. "And we got really lucky with the casting of Chris Evans, who plays Ryan, because he pulls that off so well. You really believe he's going to go the distance and once you get him on your side, he's a full-on hero.”

Morgan also helped inject some humor into the script. Although the film is largely a mixture of fast-paced action and nail-biting suspense, it also manages to mix in its share of comic moments. "I'm a big fan of situational humor and I feel like comedy plays best when it's the right thing at the right time and not just somebody trying to make a joke,” says Morgan. "For example, in Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indiana Jones is faced with fighting the swordsman and he just pulls out a gun and shoots him. That's not really a joke, but it got a huge laugh. That's the kind of humor we tried to work in to this script.”

Once the script was completed, the producers set out to find a director with a unique sensibility who could bring a fresh approach to the film's action sequences and blend it with the taut suspense that the script promised. They found their man in David R. Ellis. A veteran stunt coordinator and 2nd unit director turned director, Ellis had recently won over audiences and New Line Cinema executives with his work helming the studio's successful thriller Final Destination 2.

Ellis quickly took to the project and clicked with the challenge of creating realistic action sequences that were exciting without being just a series of explosions. "This film is really a race against time, but with an ordinary college-age kid at th


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