You can’t blame fans for being excited about the idea of a film adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower. The novel series is King’s biggest and weirdest project by a wide margin, for one. And while the team of Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer may not seem like the best choice to adapt the books (Howard’s more-adult-than-usual Rush notwithstanding) there’s no denying the audacity of their plan, which included at one point multiple films bridged by a couple TV mini-series.
But scoring financial backing for the plan hasn’t been easy, with multiple movie studios passing on the chance to make The Dark Tower, and possible indie financing taking a long time to come together. So is the tower being built, or not? Yes, says Goldsman, but slowly, and with no (publicly revealed) start date in sight. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
I can barely keep track of all the various Stephen King-based projects in development, there are so many. Here’s another one to add to that long, long list.
NBC is mulling over a drama series based on King’s 2007 short story “Ayana,” which is being developed by Universal TV. Chris Sparling (Buried) is writing the pilot. Get plot details and more after the jump.
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Stephen King‘s work is so prevalent, you can be a huge fan even if you’ve never picked up a book. Innumerable movies have made it to the big screen, miniseries have gone to television, and recently more of his stories are being adapted to serialized TV. There are Under the Dome and Haven and now another King story is making the jump. The show will be called Grand Central, based on the short story The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates. ABC has given it a straight-to-series order for Summer 2014 and it’ll be executive produced by Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, who both write on Haven. Read More »
Briefly: The new feature film adaptation of Stephen King novel The Stand has been a difficult thing for Warner Bros. to get off the ground. Filmmakers such as Harry Potter duo David Yates and Steve Kloves; Ben Affleck; and Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper have all been attached to versions of the adaptation in the past couple years.
Now Badass Digest reports that the top choice at WB to take over the project is Paul Greengrass, who hit big this year with Captain Phillips. Read More »
Briefly: The Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s massive novel The Stand has become something of a revolving door project for creatives. Harry Potter screenwriter/director pair Steve Kloves and David Yates were on board at one point, but gave way to Ben Affleck after some time in development. Then Affleck moved on, and Scott Cooper, of Crazy Heart and the upcoming Out of the Furnace, came on to rewrite and direct.
Now Cooper has bailed, too. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson are following up 2007’s 1408 with another Stephen King thriller. Jackson has just signed on to star with Cusack in Cell, not to be confused with 2000’s The Cell. This one centers on the idea that cell phones can kill you, and we don’t mean via brain cancer. Hit the jump for the latest details on this project.
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Briefly: Halloween is the perfect day to announce news on a horror remake — it’s the best day for digging up the dead, after all. The new version of the story originally created as a novel by Stephen King was announced a couple years ago, and had Alexandre Aja attached to direct a few months later.
And why not remake Pet Sematary? The first film has its charms (Fred Gwynne’s ridiculous accent, the Ramones, and a good Achilles tendon slice among them), but it can’t be called good. But the story, about a young father that takes advantage of a magical Native American burial ground to re-animate his dead son, is a good one. There’s a lot of chilling material there, which helps elevate even the most uninspired bits of the original film.
The script is by Matt Greenberg (1408, Reign Of Fire) and David Kajganich (The Invasion) and now 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been set to direct. Granted, the director has been attached to two other remakes, The Crow and Highlander, and neither of those have worked out. Will this one live a full life, or will it die once more, and require burial in some horrifically enchanted earth to be revived down the road? [Variety]
Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Thirty-three years after its release, The Shining is regarded by most cinephiles and horror junkies as one of the all-time highlights of the genre. But there are a still a few who don’t agree with that assessment, and one of them is a guy who knows the story better than anyone.
In a recent interview, Stephen King, who wrote the original source material, stated that he regards Stanley Kubrick‘s film as “cold.” In addition, he takes particular issue with the portrayal of Shelley Duvall‘s character Wendy Torrance, whom he believes to be “”one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film.” Strong words, those. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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For the past couple years, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Akiva Goldsman have been working on a truly ambitious adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel series The Dark Tower. Originally set as a possible project at Howard and Grazer’s frequent partner Universal, the project almost went to Warner Bros., and finally got a financing offer from Media Rights Capital.
Why all the difficulty? Well, this isn’t just one or two films; it’s envisioned as a three-film series linked by two short television series. That MRC offer was just for one film, but there was another mysterious offer that came up, which would have allowed for the original ambitious plan to take place. Now, after months of delays and public uncertainty about the project, Howard says The Dark Tower is still kicking. It’s just taking some time, and we’re not likely to hear much more about it until it is really gaining true momentum. Read More »