Sara Gran‘s delectably creepy novel Come Closer is getting the big screen treatment, thanks to filmmaker David Slade. Slade has a long history with the horror genre, having helmed 30 Days of Night, Hard Candy, and episodes of Hannibal and Black Mirror (and also, uh, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), so tasking him with adapting this truly scary book is a nice choice. The novel concerns a young, successful woman who slowly starts to become unhinged, and begins to suspect she’s possessed by a demon.
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One of the best films of the past year was Todd Haynes‘ new version of Mildred Pierce for HBO. It’s actually a mini-series, but what the hell: the boundaries between film and TV are dropping like the Berlin Wall, so let’s call Mildred Pierce a movie. It’s a great one that continues Haynes’ unblemished run of ambitious, interesting films. (Even when I’m not an unabashed fan of one of his films, as is the case with Velvet Goldmine, I can’t deny that the film is worth watching.)
And now Todd Haynes is getting set to make another film for HBO: an adaptation of Sara Gran‘s novel Dope. Circling the lead role is Julianne Moore. If this works out it’ll be the fourth project for the pair, who have previously worked together on Safe, Far From Heaven and I’m Not There. Read More »