the dark tower movie

It’s happening. After years of false starts and rumors and tales from development hell and being juggled between movie studios like a hot shell casing, the adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower is finally and officially about to go before cameras. For real. Here’s how official it is: King and director Nikolaj Arcel actually did the thing where they sit down with Entertainment Weekly and discuss the project at length. You don’t do that if the film is still a pipe dream. Coffee is for closers and EW profiles are for movies that are actually getting made.

Although they obviously can’t say too much, King and Arcel did discuss the film’s timeline, its leading men, the possibility of a companion television series, and whether or not the most famous line of all King’s canon would make it into the adaptation. It’s an oasis of information.

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It movie

The past year has been a roller coaster of emotions for Stephen King fans. The oft-promised adaptation of The Dark Tower series has finally found momentum under director Nikolaj Arcel after years spend crawling around the development wasteland. The long-gestating adaptation of The Stand revved and stalled and revved before stalling once again — leading director Josh Boone to jump over to a film version of Revival, a completely separate King novel. And in the most heartbreaking turn of all, True Detective season one director Cary Joji Fukunaga dropped out of the upcoming film version of It, a project that fit his sensibilities like a glove.

But It is still in the works and the film will shoot later this year with Mama director Andrés Muschietti at the helm. At the very least, producer Roy Lee (who also provided updates on The Stand yesterday) is now promising that the film will have an R-rating.

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Dark Tower Abbey Lee

After many, many years of on-again, off-again development, Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower looks closer than ever to the big screen. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are set to lead the Western fantasy epic being directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and now the heavyweight duo are being joined by an up-and-comer: Abbey Lee, who made her big-screen debut last year in Mad Max: Fury Road. Which is all fine and dandy, except her casting has some readers scratching their heads. Which character, exactly, is she playing?  Read More »

revival casts samuel l jackson

A few days ago, we learned that The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was temporarily putting his adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand on the back burner so he could work on a completely different Stephen King adaptation that wouldn’t make a movie studio’s accounting department weep. His new project is a film version of Revival, King’s 2014 novel about a charismatic preacher who begins to experiment with the supernatural powers of electricity following the death of his family.

And now, it looks like we know who Boone is seeking out for the role of Charles Jacobs: the great Samuel L. Jackson, who is fresh off one of the best performances of his entire career in The Hateful Eight.

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the stand movie delayed

Hollywood has been flirting with a film adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand for years now, with A-list directors and actors constantly orbiting the project, only to drop out for reasons that are never fully disclosed. I’ll wager this reason: The Stand is a massive tome filled with so many important characters and so much incident that it that it feels borderline impossible to adapt properly. The not-very-good TV miniseries adaptation from 1994 had six hours and still couldn’t crack it.

And now, this long-gestating project has hit an interesting hiccup. The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone (who has been attached to this project for some time now) still plans to make The Stand, but he’s decided to put it on the back burner… while he directs a completely different Stephen King movie.

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11.22.63 Trailer

There seems to be nothing that James Franco can’t do, and now we can add time traveler to his long list of achievements. Franco leads the new Hulu series 11.22.63, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name about a high school history teacher who is sent back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So far we’ve only gotten brief glimpses of the series produced by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner, but now a full trailer shows us more of what we can expect. Read More »

11.22.63 Trailer

Yet another adaptation of Stephen King‘s work is on the way next year, with a series take on his time travel novel 11.22.63. coming to Hulu from executive producer J.J. Abrams. The story sees a high school teacher sent back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But it turns to be much easier said than done with a variety of obstacles in his way, including love, of course. Now a new 11.22.63 trailer shows off some more footage from the series coming to Hulu next year. Read More »

11.22.63 trailer

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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Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle, True Detective Series 1, Episode 4

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 »

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shining hotel horror museum

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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