gerald's game

It’s a hell of a year for Stephen King fans. We’ve seen not one, not two, but three supposedly unfilmable Stephen King movies released: The Dark Tower, It and Gerald’s Game. And, remarkably, only The Dark Tower has proven to have earned that unfilmable reputation.

The trick to nailing a Stephen King adaptation is to create multi-faceted, interesting characters. That is the horror author’s greatest strength. The scary stuff only works because you care about these fictional people. They feel real to you. When I read It at an admittedly way too young age, I viewed every member of The Losers Club as my friend. The recent film adaption takes many liberties, but man does it perfectly capture those characters.

And now, two new Stephen King adaptations, Gerald’s Game and 1922 (both of which were produced by Netflix) continue this trend. King, despite his reputation as a horror writer, is all about character. Welcome to the Stephen King Movie Renaissance – not even The Dark Tower can mute the success of these other adaptations.

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Mike Flanagan

How do you adapt an unadaptable Stephen King novel into a movie? The answer, apparently, is to hire Mike Flanagan.

Flanagan may not be the type of household name horror director the way John Carpenter, Wes Craven and George Romero once and still are, but over the last several years, he’s been quietly rising to prominence as one of the most efficient craftsmen in the horror genre. As a horror filmmaker, Flanagan seems to have a knack for taking unlikely, or unworkable, concepts and finding the humanity in them. Gerald’s Game, Flanagan’s adaptation of a seemingly unfilmable King novel, has already earned high praise from early screenings and hits Netflix today, possibly launching the filmmaker to even greater prominence. The film is exemplary, but it’s just another piece in the greater puzzle that is Flanagan’s growing filmography.

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The Mist TV show cancelled

Talk about a Mist opportunity! I’m sorry, I’ll go as soon as I’m done here. But first, here’s some not-so-happy-news for Stephen King adaptation fans. While there’s been an extreme uptick in all things King, it seems that not everything that bears the master of horror’s name is safe. The Mist, a TV series adapted from a King novella, has been axed.

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stephen king 8

The Stephen King business is booming, folks. Even before It made those dollar bills float, a whole slew of Stephen King adaptations were on the horizon. Now that It is so big, expect even more to get fast tracked before the Stephen King bubble bursts. Case in point: a rumored Stephen King TV series has just been confirmed. Details below.

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gerald's game stephen king

Stephen King has been terrifying audiences since the 1970s, penning one best-selling horror novel after another, his name becoming synonymous with horror fiction in the process. Film and TV adaptations of King’s work have been prevalent just as long as he’s been publishing it, but recently there seems to be a Stephen King boom. More and more King-related projects are finding their way to the big and small screen. And that was before the adaptation of King’s It raked in boffo box office. With It making all that dough, expect even more Stephen King adaptations to be announced soon.

To help you keep track of all the upcoming King projects, either completed or in development, I’ve compiled this handy list. It’s worth noting that not all of these films will ever see the light o day. Indeed, some of them have already entered the infernal halls of development hell, and who knows when they shall ever escape. Then again, now that King is big business at the box office, there’s a good chance titles that have been stuck in development hell for ages will suddenly find themselves fast tracked.

Without further adieu, here is every upcoming Stephen King adaptation.

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why the dark tower failed

We’re in a new age of Stephen King adaptations, with new and upcoming films like ItGerald’s Game, and 1922 winning over critics and audiences alike. But, like King’s own catalogue, there are plenty of stinkers.

The Dark Tower was the long-awaited adaptation of King’s magnum opus, the multiverse-spanning sci-fi series of the same name. And it tanked. Despite the many years The Dark Tower spent in development, fans got a choppy, chopped-up adaptation of the book series, causing the film to barely break even at the box office and to attain a meager 16% Rotten Tomatoes rating. And though King was heavily invested in the success of this adaptation, the author revealed why The Dark Tower failed.

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It sequel release date

Andy Muschietti‘s creepy film adaptation of Stephen King’s It has become a box office phenomenon, earning the highest opening weekend ever for a horror film while also earning the biggest advance night opening for any R-rated movie and the biggest opening gross for any Stephen King adaptation. To put it simple, It‘s big. And it was only a matter of time until the proposed sequel, It: Chapter 2, received an official release date. And now it has one, set for 2019. Find out the It sequel release date below.

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1922 trailer

Stephen King is everywhere these days. In fact, he’s sitting right behind you as you read this. Okay, maybe that’s not true. But adaptations of King’s work have increased tenfold in the last year, and that was before It went ahead and made all the moneys. With It taking in boffo box office, expect even more King adaptations to be announced. For now, though, there’s 1922, which is one of two different Netflix King adaptations on the horizon. The first 1922 trailer is below.

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Best Movies Streaming

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Summer is over. Good riddance, I say! Bring on chilly weather, heavy jackets and pumpkins as far as the eye can see. I’m talking thousands of pumpkins here, people. As the warm weather subsides and the cooler weather prevails, it’s time to once again shun the outdoors, bundle up with your blankets and stream some movies. In this edition of Now Stream This, we have a classic from Akira Kurosawa, a spy thriller for people who have no interest in seeing the new Kingsman movie, Al Pacino hamming up, the best horror-comedy in film history, and more! Let’s get streaming

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Non-Horror Fan Reviews It

(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. First on the list: Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel, It.)

I walked into the showing of It with a feeling of dread, making my way as slowly to my seat as I could with the hopes that I could miss a few of the inevitable horror movie trailers that would precede the Stephen King adaptation. No such luck. I got a face full of a Blumhouse Studios trailer of Happy Death Day, a standard, somewhat schlocky slasher flick that fits a lot of my uneasy expectations of horror movies: ultra-violent, senseless, and sadistic.

Because you see, I’m not a huge fan of horror movies. You could go as far to say that I’ve tried to avoid them with my entire being — though like that bloody Happy Death Day trailer, I’ve had no such luck. So why was I on my way to see It, a horror movie based on a novel by one of the most infamous horror writers of the past century? Because sometime in the last few years a switch flipped and I’ve started to become more curious about the genre. And this felt like a good place to start.

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