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Jeff Howard has been director Mike Flanagan’s screenwriting partner since 2013. Actually, that’s just their first produced film, Oculus. They go back even further. So when Flanagan wanted to adapt Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, Howard helped him realize his vision. The Netflix original film is based on King’s 1992 novel in which Jessie (Carla Gugino) agrees to her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood)’s bondage game, but Gerald has a heart attack and dies, leaving her chained to the bed. While she tries to find a way to survive and escape, Jessie also reflects on her traumatic childhood.

Howard will also be on the writing staff of Flanagan’s Netflix series adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House. They worked on a proposed reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer and are next adapting a Joe Hill novella, Snapshot 1988. Howard spoke with /Film by phone this week. Gerald’s Game premieres on Netflix Friday, September 29.

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Exorcism Diaries

Summit has been developing a film called Exorcism Diaries for a couple years, originally recruiting Barbara Marshall to write back in 2013, with other writers tackling it in the meantime. The film was originally said to be based on a book that purports to chronicle the true stories behind the film The Exorcist, and while that may be just a good marketing angle from Summit, we’ll always take a good exorcism movie.

Now Exorcism Diaries has an even better chance to be good, as the two people who made Starry Eyes, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, have been brought on to rewrite and direct. Read More »

Ouija movie

Ouija 2 is officially happening. Universal has set Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus) to script the board game-based horror sequel, which is now scheduled to arrive next year. Get more details on Ouija 2 after the jump.  Read More »

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Lionsgate has picked up a pitch for a low-budget horror film from Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, and the story has kind of a strange Silent Hill meets The Purge sorta slant. It’s based on a short story by Irish novelist Kealan Patrick Burke, and finds a couple characters trapped in a town in which the entire population has been replaced by grinning dopplegangers who like to hide around corners. That’s where the title Peekers comes from, and while it sounds a bit sill, the original story has enough of a creepy tone that, adapted and expanded properly, it might make for a good film. Read More »