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.
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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 »
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Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:
- Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
- Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
- Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
- Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
- Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
- … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now
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June 24th is right around the corner. That’s the night CBS finally starts its major summer event, Under the Dome. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the show is about a small New England town mysteriously surrounded by an impenetrable dome. Cut off from the world, the people begin to completely change their way of life. Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez and Nicholas Strong are among the show’s stars.
With the premiere quickly approaching, some new videos about the show have come online. First up is a 2 minute, 30 second clip of the show and second is an interview with King where he talks about the adaptation. All told, there’s about 3 minutes of new footage. Great stuff to get you excited for what’s likely to be network TV’s most talked about show. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Between the final seasons of Dexter and Breaking Bad and the premiere of CBS’ Under the Dome, this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for TV viewers. After the jump:
- George R.R. Martin teases new characters for Game of Thrones Season 4
- Melissa Leo boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Wayward Pines
- Tracy Morgan and Jenna Elfman find new jobs
- Amazon makes some decisions about its new series
- Comedy Central renews Inside Amy Schumer
- Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys again
- Vince Gilligan chats about the potential Saul Goodman spinoff
- See new pics from CBS’ Stephen King thriller Under the Dome
- Meet Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the new Dexter promo
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Briefly: The movie-and-TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer have been assembling has gone through a few revisions. At this point, it stands as a one-film deal financed by Media Rights Capital, with Russell Crowe starring as Roland the gunslinger. If that film does well, MRC could move forward on more movies.
But things have become a bit more complicated. Grazer now says that there’s a new financing offer on the table, which would allow the original plan of three movies and two limited TV series to be shot. Which deal will they take?
Grazer told Deadline that “a Silicon Valley investor” has come forward with a proposal to finance The Dark Tower as it was originally planned. If there are two funding possibilities out there, the situation probably also has factors we can’t guess. (For starters, MRC is well-established, while this new investor might not have much media experience.) So there’s no point to assuming that this will go one way or the other. Could MRC and the new investor work together? Regardless, for those who’ve hoped to see the bigger Dark Tower, there’s a glimmer of hope.