Mike Flanagan Promises A “Bleak And Mean” Adaptation Of ‘Revival’

by Thomas Tuna

Filmmaker Mike Flanagan certainly knows his way around a Stephen King horror story–having already helmed adaptations of Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep–and he’s having a blast with his latest “King-sized” project, Revival.

This Warner Bros. Pictures film–based on the horror master’s 2014 novel of the same name–will be darker than previous adaptations, if you listen to Flanagan. And he should know.

Flanagan–who wrote the screenplay and will direct and co-produce the film (along with collaborator Trevor Macy)–said this movie will be “relentlessly dark and cynical,” according to a report in comicbook.com.

The adaptation–first announced back in May (as reported here in Horror News Network)–was a topic of discussion when Flanagan was a guest on a recent episode of The Kingcast podcast. The 42-year-old filmmaker said he is really having fun working on this film. “What I love about it is it’s a return to cosmic horror,” he said, “which I think is so fun. It is relentlessly dark and cynical, and I’m enjoying the hell out of that.”

This adaptation, Flanagan added, was a “really fun piece of material for me because I get to be, like, ‘Oh, you want a dark ending? Cool, get ready’.”

The director noted that Revival will not embrace a “sentimental approach” to the King novel, but will take a darker turn and be “bleak and mean.” Flanagan added that King is in his corner on the script, saying the best-selling author “loves” the screenplay.

The novel, as millions of King’s fans know, takes place in a small New England town where a young boy (Jamie) meets the parish’s new minister (Charles Jacobs) and his wife. It isn’t long before tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, causing the preacher to curse God, mock his religion and be banished from the town.

Years later, an older and desperate Jamie again crosses paths with the minister, with dire consequences for both men. The bond they form is “a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.”

No details on casting or production schedules have been revealed, so keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on this eerie Revival.

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