Has The Dark Tower finally fallen? Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have been working up a very ambitious three-film and dual-TV series cycle of productions to adapt Stephen King‘s epic novel series. But last summer Universal decided not to finance the project, and Imagine took The Dark Tower to other studios. In March, Warner Bros. showed interest and for the past months screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been doing script revisions to make it more budget-conscious.
Goldsman recently delivered his latest draft, and there was the possibility that Russell Crowe would play the lead character Roland “the Gunslinger” Deschain. But now Warners has passed as well, leaving the project with a very uncertain future. Read More »
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The multi-film and TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King‘s epic novel cycle The Dark Tower isn’t dead yet, and it could end up marking the reunion of director Ron Howard and his A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe. The latter spent a few years not making a big impact on screen, but he’s got two big films next year: Man of Steel, in which he plays Superman’s father Jor-El, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, in which he plays the title character.
Now, as Warner Bros. receives Akiva Goldsman‘s latest script for the opening salvo in The Dark Tower project, and decides whether or not to move forward, Crowe is in Howard’s sights to play the central character, the gunslinger Roland Deschain. Read More »
At this point there’s nothing that anyone can do to The Shining on screen that Stephen King hasn’t already done himself. (See the TV series adaptation of his novel, scripted by King, which leaves out few of the novel’s details, and misses most of Stanley Kubrick’s chilling effect.)
So the idea of a prequel is just one of those shrugs, an idea that seems terrible at first, but which experience suggests will very likely be forgotten a few minutes after it is released. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. has been talking to a producing trio about coming up with a story to explain some of what happened before Kubrick’s movie. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Given that Brian De Palma’s 1976 Carrie is revered as a classic of horror cinema, it’s tough to avoid thinking of Kimberly Peirce‘s new version of Carrie as a remake. But strictly speaking, it’s not a rehash of De Palma’s version but rather a fresh interpretation of Stephen King‘s original 1974 novel. And Peirce and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seem to be working hard to make the story their own.
The new Carrie will be set in the modern day rather than in the ’70s, and star Chloë Moretz has previously described it as “a more Black Swan version” of the story. So how will that translate onscreen, exactly? Check out the first pic of Moretz in costume and the new official synopsis after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre wasn’t a horror movie per se, but the director brought a distinctive ghostly chill to the classic Gothic romance. And now he’ll be bringing that same knack for dread and suspense to another literary adaptation that more obviously calls for it. Fukunaga has just been hired to direct a remake of Stephen King‘s It, which Warner Bros. plans to split across two films. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Thinner and The Langoliers helmer Tom Holland is heading back to the Stephen King well one more time. Holland has signed on to adapt and direct The Ten O’Clock People, a picture based on King’s short story of the same name. The new project marks a return to feature filmmaking for Holland, who took a decade-long hiatus after 1996′s Thinner and has stuck mainly to short films and television ever since. More details after the jump.
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When it comes to news about sequels, you really can’t get more varied than the news you’re about to read in this column. We’ve got documentary sequel news, news on a sequel to a sequel that isn’t even out yet, news on a sequel that will likely never happen, news on a sequel to a movie that shouldn’t have a sequel and more. After the jump read about:
- Writers have been tapped to write The Smurfs 3 well over a year before The Smurfs 2 hits theaters.
- Will Smith would be interested in doing Hancock 2, but there’s no active development.
- Get your first look at the crew of Star Trek 2 as Lego characters.
- The latest installment in Michael Apted‘s Up series, 56 Up, premieres May 14.
- A new Men in Black 3 featurette focuses on the time-twisting story.
- The plot synopsis for Doctor Sleep, Stephen King‘s sequel to The Shining, is now online.
- Warner Bros. is reportedly developing a sequel to Contagion.
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One of the great pleasures of Brian De Palma’s original film adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel Carrie is the ravenous scenery chewing by Piper Laurie as the sex-fearing, fundamentalist mother of young telekinetic Carrie White. Sissy Spacek played Carrie in the original, and Chloe Grace Moretz will incarnate the character in a new film version to be directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop Loss).
We’ve heard a few possible names under consideration to play Carrie’s overbearing mom, but if the current report is correct we’ll see Julianne Moore imploring her daughter to reject her burgeoning sexuality and psychic powers.
Update: In addition to today’s news that parts of Carrie will use a found-footage approach, Deadline says that MGM has formally offered this role to Moore.
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