Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The pedigree behind the upcoming miniseries 11.22.63 is certainly intriguing. You have Hulu taking another huge step into the the world of original content (consider this a direct parry to Netflix’s constant blows). You have source material from the great Stephen King, whose novel of the same name is the one of the most acclaimed he’s written in years. You have J.J. Abrams on board as an executive producer. And then you have James Franco, that slippery wild card of a leading man, headlining an ensemble stuffed with interesting actors.
The first trailer for the nine-epiosde limited series has arrived and while it’s only a minor tease, it’s certainly going to turn a few heads. There are too many interesting parties involved to not dredge up interest.
Watch the 11.22.63 trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower may get some A-list star wattage. Matthew McConaughey is reportedly circling the Stephen King adaptation, which is intended as the start of a sprawling franchise spanning multiple films and a companion TV series. More on the potential Matthew McConaughey Dark Tower casting, including details on the character he might play, after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
You’ve got to hand it to the Stanley Hotel. They took the fact that their establishment was the inspiration for the haunted hotel that drives people crazy and forces them to murder their families in Stephen King‘s The Shining and turned it into a good thing. The historic hotel has become a destination for horror fans, who flock to Estes Park, Colorado to stay in supposedly haunted rooms, go on ghost tours, and attend the Stanley Film Festival, which showcases horror films of all kinds. It even hosted a hedge maze design contest so it could more closely resemble the fictional Overlook Hotel. That’s commitment.
Now, the hotel is doubling down on this plan – they want to build a new building on the premises that will act as a horror museum, production studio, and film archive.
Find out more about the Shining hotel horror museum after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Guillermo del Toro likes to talk and if you’ve ever seen him in an interview or a Q&A, you understand why everyone always shuts up and listens. He’s smart, he’s hilarious, and he’s a natural raconteur. He has great taste and won’t hesitate to talk about superheroes, monsters, theme park attractions, ghost stories, and 19th century romantic literature. When he opens his mouth, he tends to say exciting things. Sometimes, this means he spitballs movie ideas in public and all we can do is sit back and watch as he picks and chooses which of his 87 potential projects he’ll make next.
Now, he’s started teasing us about wanting to make a movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s Pet Sematary. The chances of this happening are slim to none, but the mere concept now lingers in the air. Of course the guy behind The Devil’s Backbone and Crimson Peak would make a great Pet Sematary.
Find more on the Guillermo del Toro Pet Sematary chatter after the jump.
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When a prequel to The Shining was announced, it didn’t sound like such a hot idea. That changed when Mark Romanek became attached to the project — a real-deal director, not some run-of-the-mill work-for-hire. The director behind One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go is a filmmaker with a vision, and according to the producer of The Overlook Hotel, The Shining prequel will only move forward with Romanek if he gets the opportunity to make his own movie. Read more about the project after the jump.
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Writer-director Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak made a surprising debut this weekend at a festival well-suited for the film. The romantic horror picture, from the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, probably wouldn’t have fit in at Toronto or the ongoing NYFF. But at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, del Toro’s latest was perfect for the genre-oriented film festival. To no one’s surprise, the first wave of Crimson Peak reviews are positive.
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Trucks + Sentience – Compelling Narrative = How Did This Get Made?!?!
Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. Every time it does, there’s a fun misadventure and cautionary tale lurking somewhere behind the scenes. This is that story for Stephen King’s directorial debut-turned-conclusion: Maximum Overdrive.
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Just because a Stephen King story has been adapted in one medium doesn’t make it off-limits for another, especially in the peak TV year of 2015. The Shining is the most obvious example of a successful film that was mounted on television, and now there’s a development effort to create The Mist as a TV series.
But this doesn’t sound like a script re-adaptation of the novella. Rather, The Mist TV series may be something more inspired by the original story than directly based on it, and therefore a story (or set of stories) that can sit alongside Frank Darabont’s excellent film. Read More »
Cary Fukunaga was going to direct a two-film adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel It, and that was exciting. But, as often happens, there were differences of opinion between Fukunaga and the execs at New Line, and the parties went their separate ways. The It project is still probably going to be made, just with new scripts and new director Andy Muschietti.
Now Fukunaga has opened up about how he wrote the two halves of It to be an “unconventional horror movie,” and the new things he brought to the story in order to give his version its own life. Read More »