Mandate won the heated bidding auction over Universal Pictures, which was bidding on behalf of director David Yates. Sam Raimi and his longtime producing partner Robert G. Tapert will join Don Murphy, Susan Montford and Mark Gordon as producers.
The movie will be a remake of the 1963 classic The Day of the Triffids, which was based on the 1951 novel by John Wyndham. The story revolves around a meteor shower which results in 99.9% of the world population growing blind. The meteors also release these aggressive plants dubbed Triffids, who begin to attack the blind masses.
The site also indicated that the original was one of Sam Raimi's favorite movies and that he wants to direct this new version. We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details on The Day of the Triffids as soon as we have more information.