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Mike Flanagan to Direct ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

38 years after Stanley Kubrick’s legendary adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining redefined horror filmmaking, Warner Bros. finally is ready to bring the franchise back to the silver screen! The studio plans to adapt King’s 2013 novel, Doctor Sleep, into a major motion picture and they’ve just hired Mike Flanagan to direct the film.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Flanagan is set to direct, following his adaptation of King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix. Flanagan is also known for fan favorite films such as OculusHush, and Ouija: Origin of Evil. read more

Horror Novelist Jack Ketchum Dead at 71

Horror News Network is sad to report the news of Jack Ketchum’s untimely death at the age of 71.

The news was reported today on Ketchum’s official twitter page today by his webmaster.

As a teenager, Ketchum was mentored by Psycho author Robert Bloch and eventually made a name for himself in the early 1980’s with such novels as Off-Season and The Girl Next Door.  The author was known for his realistic and terrifying fiction, staying away from the supernatural, and instead focusing on maniacs and terrible displays of human nature.  Many of his novels were turned into films and his short story “The Box” was recently adapted by director Jovanka Vuckovic’s  in the horror anthology XX. read more

‘Dexter’s’ Michael C. Hall to Narrate ‘Pet Sematary’ Audiobook

Entertainment Weekly broke the news today that the star of Dexter, Michael C. Hall, will narrate Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary.

Stephen King said in a statement that “Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time.  I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.”

Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch was also happy to share the news, saying that the company was “…thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans.  Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.” read more

Original Stephen King Books and Manuscripts Ruined by Water Main Break

This just in from Bangor Daily News, Gerald Winters’ rare book store, Gerald Winters & Son, in Bangor, Maine, suffered a devastating blow when a water main burst that flooded his basement, soaking the pages of dozens of first and limited-edition Stephen King books, galleys, signed copies, prints in different languages and rare ephemera.

Winters said he estimates he lost about 2,000 books, and as many as seven of King’s original typed manuscripts. These include Dolan’s Cadillac, Maximum Overdrive and The Eyes of the Dragon. He also collected rare and signed copies of works from J.R.R. Tolkien, some dating back 80 years. read more

‘IT’ Comes to Blu-ray/DVD on January 9, 2018

Those with coulrophobia take note, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced the Blu-ray/DVD release of IT is coming to stores on January 9, 2018.

Based on the 1986 Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown, IT delighted horror fans by being a worthy reboot of the 1990 classic. The film centers around a group of kids from the small town of Derry, Maine facing off against a supernatural creature who takes the shape of a sinister clown.

As Horror News Network’s John Evans reported, 2017 has become the highest grossing year ever for horror movies. With a budget of only $35 million, It currently has grossed $683.5 million and it is still being shown in many theaters. read more

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