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Josh Boone Hired To Write Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

Variety is reporting that director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, New Mutants) has been hired to pen the script for the adaptation of the Stephen King/Peter Straub novel The Talisman.  Boone may also get to direct the film, but nothing is official at this time.

This isn’t the first King related project that the writer has worked on, as “Boone has had a long-standing relationship with the author after being tapped to write and direct an adaptation of The Stand. When that project was put on hold, the iconic writer tasked Boone with penning an adaptation of Revival, which is currently in development.” read more

‘Castle Rock’ Teaser Revealed at NYCC

Today at NY Comic Con, horror fans were treated to the trailer for the upcoming hulu series Castle Rock.  The series, which is a collaboration between J.J. Abrams and the legendary Stephen King, centers around the small town of Castle Rock and sees many of King’s “universes” crossing over and colliding.

While the trailer is mysterious and intriguing, it does not reveal many plot details.  At today’s NYCC panel, Castle Rock stars Sissy Spacek, Andres Holland, Melanie Lynskey, and hot on the heels from his turn as Pennywise in IT, Bill Skarsgard, kept many of the plot details under wrap.  According to Deadline, it was revealed that each would be playing new characters to the Stephen King world.  Spacek, who starred in King’s iconic film Carrie noted, “I was afraid I might never have the opportunity to do something this twisted again. It’s kind of an homage to Stephen King — and I owe Stephen King a lot.” read more

Spike Network Cancels ‘The Mist’ After Only One Season

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news this week that Spike TV has cancelled Stephen King’s The Mist after only one season.

According to the report, the network, “Picked up straight to series in April 2016 as part of Spike’s push to re-enter the original scripted space, the drama starring Morgan Spector and Frances Conroy launched in late June to solid sampling, drawing 1.2 million viewers to the premiere with live-plus-three-day Nielsen returns. However, the rest of The Mist‘s run could barely draw 800,000 viewers — even with DVR. Among adults 18-49, the show couldn’t even crack cable’s top 30 scripted series.” read more

Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” Adds to Their Already Impressive Cast

A good deal of thirty-somethings would list Stephen King’s The Shining as possibly the greatest haunted house book ever written. Well, Stephen King would disagree; he’d tell you that Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House takes the cake.

The story of the group of folks who decide to stay in Hill House to prove the existence of the supernatural has been brought to the screen twice: first was legendary directory Robert Wise’s The Haunting in 1963 (very good) and then was director Jan de Bont’s film of the same name in 1999 (very bad). read more

‘It’ Floats to the Top and Destroys Box Office Records

Expectations were high for what It would do at the box office this weekend, but no one predicted the $123 million explosion that the film delivered at movie houses around the country.  

Most bullish predictions placed the film at a $70 million dollar debut, but It delivered the second largest R-rated opening weekend of all time, only behind Deadpool’s $132 million haul.  If the initial estimates hold, It will be the third highest opening of the year, beaten only by Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. read more

“It” is the Stuff that Nightmares Are Made Of

So far in 2017, Hollywood is batting .500 in Stephen King adaptations. After the dreadful misfire that was The Dark Tower, director Andy Muschietti (Mama) knocked it out of the park with his take on King’s horrific 1986 novel “It”. Working with a script written by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle), Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga, Muschietti went straight in and pulled no punches right from the opening scene of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the S.S. Georgie.

Unlike the 1990 made-for-tv mini-series starring the almighty Tim Curry as Pennywise, the 2017 film focuses solely on “The Losers Club” as children (Part 2, of course, will focus on the adults). This film takes place mostly in 1989 while the book (and mini-series) was in 1958. I’m unsure who’s idea this was but it was a clever one as it allowed for a slew of 80’s references to be used which is all the rage right now with shows like Stranger Things being a huge hit. read more

‘It’ Delivers Record-Breaking Thursday Night Opening

Expectations for It have been sky high for months, driven primarily by the depressing summer movie receipts (which are some of the worst returns in 25 years).

Well, it looks like the box office totals for It will be more “Penny Wise than pound foolish” this weekend as the Stephen King adaptation earned an estimated $13.5 million on Thursday night.

It is actually the third highest debut Thursday of 2017, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million). The film also established records for the largest Thursday gross for a horror movie, R-rated release, September release, and for a film based on a Stephen King book. read more

Terry O’Quinn Cast in Stephen King Series Castle Rock

Veteran actor Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather, Lost) has been cast in Castle Rock, the upcoming Hulu series from writer Stephen King and producer J.J. Abrams. The show will be based in the mythical town that was the setting for a good deal of Kings novels (Cujo, The Dead Zone, Needful Things, etc.) and will be based on characters created by the author himself.

According to Deadline, O’Quinn will play Dale Lacy, a pillar of the community in the town of Castle Rock. He joins previously cast André Holland, Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard. read more

Alamo Drafthouse to Screen ‘It’ Exclusively for Clowns Amid Massive Box Office Predictions

At the start of the summer, the Alamo Drafthouse generated a lot of buzz by offering a screening of Wonder Woman exclusively for women. Many people loved the idea, but there was some pushback from disgruntled male fans who weren’t invited to the party. This September, the theater chain’s flagship Austin location will carry on its new tradition with an exclusive screening that nearly everyone will agree on: a clown-only screening of It!

That’s right, this event will afford everyone the priceless opportunity to see the highly anticipated movie while dressed as a clown and surrounded by clowns! This particular screening will occur on Saturday, September 9th at 7:00 PM. Every other screening will be (mostly) clown-free, if you want to leave your greasepaint at home. Here is the official description of the event, from the Alamo Drafthouse event website: read more

Netflix Sets Debut Date for ‘1922’

We have confirmed today with Netflix that 1922 will debut on October 20, 2017.  The story follows a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is told from from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.

1922 is written and directed by Zak Hilditch and stars someone who is no stranger to King adaptations, Thomas Jane.  The actor starred in 2003’s Dreamcatcher and also 2007’s The Mist. Joining Jane in front of the camera is Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Neal McDonough, Kaitlyn Bernard and Brian d’Arcy James. read more