Briefly: The movie-and-TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer have been assembling has gone through a few revisions. At this point, it stands as a one-film deal financed by Media Rights Capital, with Russell Crowe starring as Roland the gunslinger. If that film does well, MRC could move forward on more movies.
But things have become a bit more complicated. Grazer now says that there’s a new financing offer on the table, which would allow the original plan of three movies and two limited TV series to be shot. Which deal will they take?
Grazer told Deadline that “a Silicon Valley investor” has come forward with a proposal to finance The Dark Tower as it was originally planned. If there are two funding possibilities out there, the situation probably also has factors we can’t guess. (For starters, MRC is well-established, while this new investor might not have much media experience.) So there’s no point to assuming that this will go one way or the other. Could MRC and the new investor work together? Regardless, for those who’ve hoped to see the bigger Dark Tower, there’s a glimmer of hope.
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John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Years later, a man travels back through time to the year 1958. Upon arrival he’s infused with purpose. He has five years to do everything in his power to stop the assassination.
That’s the plot of Stephen King‘s novel 11/22/63 and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot has just secured the rights to adapt the story for cable TV. Read More »
The Shining has had quite the resurgence in the past few months. Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is certainly one factor. Another, bigger motivator is Stephen King himself, who is currently working on a Shining sequel novel called Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Stanley Kubrick film, surely sees this as a perfect time to dust off last year’s idea for a prequel to the Kubrick film, giving it a title and going out to a big time writer.
The proposed prequel is called The Overlook Hotel, and Glen Mazzara, who was the showrunner on The Walking Dead for the last two years, is in talks to write it. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Pop culture aficionados generally associate the summer season with big cinematic blockbusters, but this year there’ll be tons of exciting offerings on the small screen as well. CBS’ Steven Spielberg-produced Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome hits in late June, with the eighth and last season of Dexter kicking off on Showtime just a few days later. Watch the latest trailers for both after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
A couple generations after Brian de Palma first brought it to the big screen, Stephen King‘s Carrie is getting a new cinematic interpretation this fall by director Kimberly Peirce. The first teaser trailer hit all the way back last year, and we’ve had plenty of blood-soaked posters since then, but now we finally have a full-length trailer that offers a better idea of Peirce’s updated vision.
This version of the tale stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the telekinetic teen, and Julianne Moore as her unhinged religious mother. Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, and Judy Greer also appear. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
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There’s a good chance that Under the Dome is show everyone will be talking about this summer. CBS is adapting the Stephen King best-seller about a small town that’s suddenly isolated by a huge, invisible dome into a 13 part mini-series. Broadcast begins June 24, and the network has just released the first actual look at the show. It’s a one-minute long behind the scenes featurette that has some footage featuring the town, the cast, and some of the effects. Check out the video below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s pilot casting season! And as such, Rupert Grint, JK Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Beals, and tons more have found new homes on the small screen. Also after the jump:
- Peter Sarsgaard has joined AMC’s The Killing
- Dexter Season 8 adds a Walking Dead alum
- Ridley Scott is bringing The Terror to AMC
- The About a Boy duo will tackle Neal Stephenson
- FX is moving ahead with Diane Kruger‘s The Bridge
- Up All Night will shoot just one multi-cam episode
- ABC shifts Happy Endings to the Friday death slot
- House of Cards is Netflix’s most-watched program
- Comcast buys the other 49% of NBCUniversal
- The first episode of The CW’s Cult hits the web
- Jason Blum‘s Paranormal-esque reality show gets a trailer
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Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
Nestled among the many blockbuster movie ads last night was the first teaser for Under the Dome, CBS’ upcoming supernatural drama based on Stephen King‘s novel and produced by Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment. CBS clearly has incredibly high hopes for the series, having given it a straight-to-series 13-episode order and bypassing the pilot process altogether.
Whether those expectations will be met remains unclear, as the first teaser didn’t actually show off any footage at all. But it looks pretty cool, which is enough for now. Watch it after the jump.
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