It’s a good time to be Stephen King
Stephen King has sold over 350 million books worldwide. We have seen a lot of his work getting adapted for screen in many shapes or forms. The problem with most adaptations though was that they never seemed to do King’s work any justice…Actually here is a small King fact: King was so pissed off that people kept messing up his books when adapting them into feature films he decided to show people how it was done.
“If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.”
That movie was Maximum Overdrive and when later asked in an interview why he doesn’t direct anymore he replied…
“Just watch Maximum Overdrive.“
I am sure Mr King had great plans for Maximum Overdrive but he was on a constant session and said he was “coked out of my mind”
Now fast-foward to 2016 and it looks like King’s work is finally getting the talent it deserves to do it justice.
It has been a long time in the making but we can now confirm that Mike Flanagan (Hush, Occulus) has been signed on to adapt Stephen King Suspense novel Gerald’s Game for Intrepid Pictures. Streaming giants Netflix will distribute the film via their online streaming service.
Pre-production is already underway and began on October, 18th, Alabama
Carla Gugino (The Space Between Us, San Andreas, Watchmen) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek into Darkness, Star Trek) will star as ‘Jessie’ and ‘Gerald’; Other cast members include Henry Thomas (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gangs of New York), Carel Struycken (Men in Black), Kate Siegel (Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus), Chiara Aurelia (“Agent Carter,” Big Sky, “Pretty Little Liars”)
The script was written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus, I Know What You Did Last Summer)
DEADLINE had the exclusive
Gerald’s Game follows Gerald and Jessie Burlingame, who have gone to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games, until things take an unexpectedly tragic turn. Still handcuffed, she is trapped and alone. Painful memories from her childhood bedevil her. Her only company is a hungry stray dog and the voices that populate her mind. As night comes, she is unsure whether it is her imagination or if she has another companion: someone watching her from the corner of her dark bedroom.
Director Mike Flanagan had this to say up the project…
“Gerald’s Game has been my dream project for nearly twenty years. As a lifelong fan of Stephen King, it is a true honor to be trusted with this amazing material. I am deeply grateful to my long-time partner, Trevor Macy, and to my new partners at Netflix, for making this dream project a reality. This is one of the reasons I wanted to make movies in the first place.”
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