Screen Junkies » stephen king http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:25:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Carrie’ Remake Trailer: Does It Get Better? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/carrie-remake-trailer-does-it-get-better/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/carrie-remake-trailer-does-it-get-better/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:48:39 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254285 That's not much new here beyond the special effects.

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We all know the story: repressed, lonely, bullied teen becomes a laughing stock at prom and goes apeshit telekinetic, killing all of her tormentors. Now Carrie is back for a new generation because iPhones.

While the teaser seemed generally chilling and inventive, there isn’t much on display in this trailer that points to a fresh take. However, this is our first look at Julianne Moore as Carrie’s over-religious mom. She, of course, nails it even if this type of character seems extremely out of place in modern day. I think it’s time to hold judgement but in future previews I’d like to see an example of what sets this update apart from its predecessor besides the hairstyles.

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Where’s Carl? He’s In This Stephen King Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wheres-carl-hes-in-this-stephen-king-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wheres-carl-hes-in-this-stephen-king-movie/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:33:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252202 Along with that kid from 'Super 8'.

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With The Walking Dead pulling in over 9 million viewers with each episode, it was only a matter of time before the show’s stars began snagging movie roles. And the first to grab a starring role is… Carl.

CARL?!?!!

Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl Grimes on the zombie apocalypse drama, is joining Super 8′s Joel Courtney is joining the Stephen King adaptation, Mercy. Based on the 1984 King short story ‘Gramma’, Mercy tells the story of two brothers who travel with their mom to take care of their grandmother. However, no one is aware that Grams is actually a witch who made a disturbing pact years ago. The Haunting In Connecticut’s Peter Cornwell is directing so expect to see some creepy things going in or coming out of these kids’ mouths. Whether weird voices, vomit, or ghost smoke. (THR)

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Jonathan Demme Teams Up With Stephen King To Stop JFK’s Assassination http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jonathan-demme-teams-up-with-stephen-king-to-stop-jfks-assassination/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jonathan-demme-teams-up-with-stephen-king-to-stop-jfks-assassination/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:13:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224365 Demme's headed to Texas for '11/22/63'.

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Stephen King is having a great week. First, Harry Potter director David Yates signed on to adapt The Stand into a cash-raking series of epic films. Now, Jonathan Demme has announced his plans to produce, write, and direct King’s latest goofy idea. 11/22/63 tells the story of Jake Epping, a teacher whose friend reveals that there is a portal to 1958 in the back of his diner. Of course, Epping sees this as an opportunity to travel back in time and help Chuck Berry develop that new sound he’s been looking for stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. And thus, end the career of Oliver Stone before it ever had the chance to begin. (Variety)

 

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David Yates Heads West For ‘The Stand’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/harry-potters-david-yates-heads-west-for-the-stand/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/harry-potters-david-yates-heads-west-for-the-stand/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:27:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224255 This will make Contagion's super-flu look like the mumps.

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So much for cooling his heels with non-humongous storyline. Harry Potter director David Yates is jumping right back into it with an adaptation of Stephen King‘s doorstop The Stand. The potential trilogy is being written by Yates’s Harry Potter collaborator Steve Kloves and tells the story of the fight between good and evil after a super-virus wipes out 99% of the world’s population.

This storyline is considered a lot more grim and adult than what Yates dealt with in Harry Potter. There are corpses lining the streets, gratuitous acts of violence, and deer running rampant in supermarkets. Not to mention the pressure to get it right. If he thought Potter fans were rabid, wait until he comes up short in the eyes of King’s fanbase. If he screws up, he’ll never be able to set foot in Maine again. (HitFix)

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Stephen King’s ‘Bag Of Bones’ To Be Stephen King’s Miniseries http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/stephen-kings-bag-of-bones-to-be-stephen-kings-miniseries/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/stephen-kings-bag-of-bones-to-be-stephen-kings-miniseries/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:07:48 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221602 Hopefully this will turn out a little better than that other Stephen King project starring Pierce Brosnan.

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Stephen King’s writing seems to be specially suited to screen adaptations – there are probably people out there who have never read a word of King’s prose, but know all about his work through the movies and TV shows adapted from it. The latest King novel to get the screen treatment is Bag of Bones, which is set to be adapted into a 2-night, 4-hour miniseries starring Pierce Brosnan and Annabeth Gish. Hopefully this will turn out a little better than that other Stephen King project starring Pierce Brosnan, The Lawnmower Man. Anyway, here’s a plot synopsis, which is calculated to keep you up at night, biting your nails, on the edge of your seat, etc:

“‘Bag of Bones centers on bestselling novelist Mike Noonan (Brosnan), who is unable to stop grieving after the sudden death of his wife Jo (Gish). A dream inspires him to return to the couple’s lakeside retreat in western Maine where he becomes involved in a custody battle between the daughter of an attractive young widow and the child’s enormously wealthy grandfather, the mysterious ghostly visitations, the ever-escalating nightmares and the realization that his late wife still has something to tell him.”

Oooooh, scary. The miniseries will be shown on A&E, which is continuing its quest to be the AMC-lite of quality television. Filming is set to begin next month. (Deadline)

 

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Universal Ignores Ron Howard’s Feelings, Passes On ‘The Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-ignores-ron-howards-feelings-passes-on-the-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-ignores-ron-howards-feelings-passes-on-the-dark-tower/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 23:42:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220734 Richie Cunningham just started a sh*t list.

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After months of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation, Universal has passed on Ron Howard‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series. The ambitious project called for three films and two short-run TV series. The studio had postponed the start of production from this summer until February in order to trim the budget, but ultimately decided either a) the budget couldn’t be trimmed enough, or b) if it was trimmed, they wouldn’t like the movie they ended up with.

Producer Brian Grazer, out of solemn respect, will be keeping his hair at half-mast all week.

Javier Bardem was attached to star as gunslinger Roland Deschain, though it’s not immediately clear what this development does to his involvement. One would think that he’s a busy guy, but this project might be one that is worth hanging around for if it ever finds a home. Universal has a seemingly full slate of blockbusters on deck, so taking a chance on such an enormous undertaking doesn’t really seem to be in the cards right now.

Ron Howard has both Rush and the recently-announced Spy vs. Spy on the horizon, so it looks like he won’t be missing a beat with this disappointing news.  (Deadline)

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Scare the Bra Off Of Them http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/horror-films/scare-the-bra-off-of-them/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/horror-films/scare-the-bra-off-of-them/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 04:51:00 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218931 Choosing scary monster movies to watch with girls is not only the perfect Saturday night activity, it's also the perfect way to covertly put her in the mood.

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Choosing scary monster movies to watch with girls is not only the perfect Saturday night activity, it’s also the perfect way to covertly put her in the mood without having to soil your HD flat screen with some sort of sensitive thinking person’s movie.  If you’ve ever watched a scary movie with a girl in your life, you know you can expect your lady (or ladies) to inch closer and cling tighter as the fear builds. If you’re lucky, you’ll have her in your lap by the time the movie ends, while having seen some darn good effects in the process.

 

Cloverfield

Rob and Beth talking to the camcorder

A perfect blend of two parts monster madness and one part sappy romance, Cloverfield‘s plot revolves around a massive creature of unknown origin as it ravages downtown New York. Instead of evacuating, a young man goes to rescue an ex-girlfriend with the help of some friends. Being a hero at heart he goes back knowing full well the monster still lurks the area. A word of caution, the director went with the “shaky cam” style of filmmaking—one or both of you may end up puking, unless you have a stash of Dramamine on hand.

 

Alien

Alien stuck to crew member's face

A spacecraft lands on a distant, unexplored planet to answer a distress beacon after which an alien creature boards their ship. While some may consider this to be a little too “old-school”, it still delivers the chills even if you have already seen it a few times. The H.R. Giger-designed alien is frightening enough, but most of the scares are delivered through Ridley Scott‘s masterful use of mood and atmosphere. Even if it is the “oldest” film on this list, Alien set the bar so high when it was release in the late ’70s that horror flicks today, in all their CG glory, still struggle to match its quality.

 

28 Days Later

Zombie on fire chasing Cillian Murphy

Most think 28 Days Later is a zombie-type flick. The truth is, the “zombies” are actually still alive, having been transformed into monstrous, bloodthirsty savages by a strange virus. The creatures roam the streets of England hunting down the few survivors who remain in the country. 28 Days Later is so frightening and so disturbing that there is a strong possibility it will be you that ends up inching towards your girlfriend as you watch in fear.

 

The Mist

From the mind of Stephen King, The Mist features a plethora of monsters that all but guarantees to give you and your girlfriend some major goosebumps. A handful of civilians are trapped in a local grocery store as a strange mist engulfs their entire town. The mist not only clouds the area it covers, it is also home to an unknown number of fiendish monsters. You may have to watch this movie at least once before watching it with a lady friend just so you know what to expect. The last thing you want to do is scream like a little girl in front of her.

 

Dog Soldiers

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Last but not least is the 2002 British release, Dog Soldiers. A squad of special forces are training in the Scottish Highlands when they find the remains of another group of soldiers who had trained in the area. The troops then go into battle mode only to find that their adversaries are not men but werewolves. The movie does start slow but by the 30 minute mark, you and your girlfriend will be clinging to each other in mutual fear…which will hopefully lead to some other mutual activities.

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Hailee Steinfeld Top Choice To Get Blood-Dumped In ‘Carrie’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hailee-steinfeld-top-choice-to-get-blood-dumped-in-carrie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hailee-steinfeld-top-choice-to-get-blood-dumped-in-carrie/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 22:33:23 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214330 Rumors say the producers of the Stephen King adaptation have put Hailee Steinfeld ('True Grit') at the top of their casting wish list. If she takes the part, she'll get a $10 horse.

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What’s the best way to follow-up a highly praised, Oscar nominated turn in one of the year’s top dramas? If you guessed, “star in the Carrie remake that nobody wants made,” you may have guessed correctly.

Rumors say the producers of the Stephen King adaptation have put Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) at the top of their casting wish list. I’ll admit that Steinfeld is an excellent idea – she has a furious intensity and she’s young enough. The questions are: will they actually offer her the part and will she take it? I’m thinking she can do better, but if MGM and Screen Gems pull up to her door with a ton of $10 horses, who knows?

Full Length 'True Grit' Trailer Is Intense, Features Bear On A Horse

Meanwhile, you know who I’m guessing is way lower on that list? Megan Fox, who’s been lobbying for the part. Just like Fox is the stuff of my fantasies, this role will likely remain a fantasy for her. (CinemaBlend)

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Megan Fox Wants To Star In ‘Carrie’? Um, Really? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/megan-fox-wants-to-star-in-carrie-um-really/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/megan-fox-wants-to-star-in-carrie-um-really/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 03:20:27 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213560 Two words: 'Jennifer's Body'. *Shudder*

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When you think socially outcast teenage girl, you think Megan Fox. Oh, you don’t? Yeah, I don’t either. Nobody does, god willing…

However, the rumor is that Fox is lobbying to play Carrie in MGM and Screen Gem’s remake of the Stephen King classic. I like looking at Fox as much as the next guy, especially her boobs area, but that casting would be more horrifying than anything they could put on the screen. Never mind that Fox is 25, far from high school. Fox looks like the type of girl who would tease you into an eating disorder – not a bullying victim. Also, two words: Jennifer’s Body.

Another actress who apparently wants the role? Lindsay Lohan. *Knocks Head Against Wall* (ShowBizSpy)

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MGM, Screen Gems Toss ‘Carrie’ Into The Reboot Machine http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-screen-gems-toss-carrie-into-the-reboot-machine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-screen-gems-toss-carrie-into-the-reboot-machine/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 01:07:00 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212973 Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the new 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark') will write the remake you're gonna ask to prom.

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It’s still prom season and that means there’s still time to dump a bucket of blood on your favorite school outcast. Remember to always use pig’s blood, and play it safe, guys.

MGM and Screen Gems are teaming up to reboot Carrie, the horror classic based on Stephen King‘s first published novel. Now that MGM is more financially stable, they’ve been rebooting everything and anything, from Robocop to Child’s Play. You can’t walk down the street without overhearing a conversation like, “when are they gonna make another new version of Carrie, after Carrie 2: The Rage was such a hit?” That’s probably why the studios hired comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote the new, less horrifying version of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, to pen the screenplay.

Oh, one more prom safety tip: make sure the outcast you dump pig’s blood on doesn’t have psychic powers. That’ll cause the evening go south real fast. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Universal Says ‘Whoa, Easy There’ To ‘Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-says-whoa-easy-there-to-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-says-whoa-easy-there-to-dark-tower/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 22:02:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212092 It's all about the Benjamins.

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It was going to be one of the most ambitious projects eve taken on by a major studio. A mammoth adaptation of Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series, directed by Ron Howard and spanning three theatrical movies and two seasons of TV. Then, it was reported that the studio behind this project, Universal, was no longer interested. Now, in a stunning twist, they ARE interested, but only on a version that doesn’t cost so much.

So director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman are “regrouping” in order to figure out how to do adapt The Dark Tower, but cheaper. It’s not known yet what exactly this will entail, or whether or not this means Javier Bardem is still involved. A free money-saving tip to Ron Howard and co: Eat at Subway. You can get a variety of footlong subs for only five dollars! (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Is Universal’s ‘Dark Tower’ More Like A Jenga Tower? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-universals-dark-tower-more-like-a-jenga-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-universals-dark-tower-more-like-a-jenga-tower/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 05:00:08 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210859 Anybody wanna buy a gigantic, cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King's 'Dark Tower'? I know a bunch of guys looking to sell.

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Anybody wanna buy a gigantic, cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King‘s Dark Tower? I know a bunch of guys looking to sell.

Reportedly, Universal is worried about the ridiculous scope of their upcoming Dark Tower series, which will be told in three epic blockbuster movies and an epic, blockbuster TV series. (Unless the series airs on NBC as planned, but the budget would still be big.) Director/Producer Ron Howard must have been like, “so you have enough money for this, right?” To which Universal quickly responded, “sure, sure,” but the studio just looked its wallet and realized it doesn’t have that kind of cash on them, and they have a bunch of bills to pay this month… So Universal is apparently thinking about either finding a partner studio or selling the behemoth off entirely.

Casting is still in progress, though Javier Bardem is set to play Roland Deschain for the next 15-25 years or so. The books will be adapted by writer Akiva Goldsman. (Variety)

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‘Dark Tower’ Grows Bigger, Consuming Writer Mark Verheiden http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dark-tower-grows-bigger-consuming-writer-mark-verheiden/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dark-tower-grows-bigger-consuming-writer-mark-verheiden/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 03:56:34 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206809 Mark Verheiden has penned everything from "Battlestar Galactica" to Superman comics. He'll be teaming with Akiva Goldsman on the NBC series that's just one part of a big, giant thing.

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This is gonna be a big f*cking tower.

More news out of The Dark Tower camp. The Stephen King adaptation, which will be adapted into three movies and a TV series, and also probably a few video games, a series of books based on the movies of the books, and a set of Slurpee cups, has found a new writer for its TV arm. Mark Verheiden is a movie/TV/comic book writer who has penned everything from”Battlestar Galactica” to Superman comics. He’ll be teaming with Akiva Goldsman on the NBC series. Verheiden was also a supervising producer on “Heroes,” so maybe NBC is his kryptonite? I hope not.

Ron Howard will direct the Dark Tower series, which will bridge the gap between movies 1 & 2. God knows, if there are gaps between movies in a trilogy, something must fill the chronological void. Could you imagine watching Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith without watching the many different “Clone Wars” TV shows? Also, could you imagine re-watching Attack of the Clones? I cannot. (Deadline)

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Javier Bardem “In” For Never-Ending ‘Dark Tower’ Series? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-almost-in-for-never-ending-dark-tower-adaptation/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-almost-in-for-never-ending-dark-tower-adaptation/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 01:59:02 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205827 Bardem is in final talks to join the adaptation of Stephen King's book series, which will include three movies and two TV mini-series. Okay, but will there also be a web series and a couple Nintendo 3DS games?

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In the last chapter, actor Javier Bardem was being courted by producer Brian Grazer to join Universal’s take on Stephen King‘s “magnum opus,” The Dark Tower series. Bardem is Grazer’s top choice to play the questing, knight-like gunslinger Roland Deschain. In the current chapter, Grazer is close to getting his dream lead. I wish I could finish this chapter, but the plane is landing and I need to call my wife.

Bardem is in final talks to join the adaptation of the 7-book series, which will include three movies and two TV mini-series. Okay, but will there also be a web series and a couple Nintendo 3DS games? Rumors say this will be Bardem’s biggest payday ever, but with all the work ahead of him if he accepts, that’s hardly a surprise. Anything less than his biggest payday ever would be a serious bargain.

Ron Howard will direct the first movie this September with a script by Akiva Goldsman. They’re also both working on the first TV show episode. (Deadline)

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Stephen King Might Be Writing An Episode Of ‘The Walking Dead’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/stephen-king-might-be-writing-an-episode-of-the-walking-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/stephen-king-might-be-writing-an-episode-of-the-walking-dead/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:01:35 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202721 Stephen King wants to try writing a horror story.

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Many fans of horror writer/creep Stephen King‘s work have compared it to the AMC original series”The Walking Dead.” This could be partly because the man behind that show, Frank Darabont, is famous for adapting King’s work for the small screen (The Shawshank Redemption is just one example). The news comes from actress Laurie Holden, who spilled the news that King is in talks to write an episode of the series, which will probably involve zombies.

The Walking Dead” was a surprise hit when it premiered last fall, so it’s safe to say this isn’t some publicity stunt. King must be a fan of the show, which means this could be a pretty exciting prospect. And hey, it keeps Stephen King off the streets for a couple more weeks. That can’t be anything but worthwhile. (via CinemaBlend)

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Stephen King Has Some Ideas For ‘The Stand’ Remake, Loves Cole Slaw http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-king-has-some-ideas-for-the-stand-remake-loves-cole-slaw/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-king-has-some-ideas-for-the-stand-remake-loves-cole-slaw/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 13:47:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24786 Stephen King has worked hard to earn his status as a best-selling author and Maine's creepiest man. That's why producers of the upcoming remake of his end of days epic The Stand should listen to his advice.

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Stephen King has worked hard to earn his status as a best-selling author and Maine’s creepiest man (which if you’ve ever been to Maine, you know the competition is fierce). That’s why producers of the upcoming remake of his end of days epic The Stand should listen to his advice. Unless he suggests adding a few killer cars to the story. That seems to be his answer for everything.

King has already been through the process of adapting The Stand for the 1994 television miniseries. With that experience under his belt, here he lists ten things he knows about the remake. He’s surprisingly mute about Pet Semetary however.

1. No one will be able to top Gary Sinise, who played Stu Redman in the original ABC miniseries. He was perfect. When he says “You don’t know nothing” to the soldiers who are putting him under mandatory quarantine, you believe his contempt completely. My runner-up pick would be Jake Gyllenhaal.

2. I didn’t know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet.

3. You absolutely can’t make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films … maybe.

4. Molly Ringwald won’t be playing Fran Goldsmith this time.

5. Rutger Hauer is a little too old to play the Walkin’ Dude, and that’s too bad.

6. People who’ve seen Kubrick’s The Shining dislike the miniseries I wrote (and my amigo Mick Garris directed) even if they haven’t seen it. That’s always annoyed me. But the wheel of karma turns! This time people will probably say, “The miniseries was lots better.” BUT…

7. …historically speaking, movie studios blow the budget on things like this, so maybe it’ll be fun to look at. The dough certainly isn’t going to me, although if it is a trilogy, and if it makes a lot of money, I might be able to buy a chicken dinner at Popeye’s. Great slaw!

8. Molly Ringwald will probably not play the Trashcan Man, either, but Billy Bob Thornton would be cool. Billy Bob’s always cool.

9. They need to write in a lot of heavy-metal for the soundtrack.

10. M-O-O-N, that spells “you probably won’t see this anytime soon.” And when you do, Woody Allen won’t be directing it. Or Molly Ringwald.

Great. There goes all my hopes of seeing Woody Allen directing. >:(   (EW)

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‘Pet Semetary’ Remake Is Available To Direct If You’re Interested http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pet-semetary-remake-is-available-to-direct-if-youre-interested/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pet-semetary-remake-is-available-to-direct-if-youre-interested/#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2011 01:33:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24296 Ten months later, the script for Pet Semetary is really, really close to being done. Seriously, it's very close to completion.

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Ten months ago, Paramount let the world know that Matthe Greenberg (1408) was starting a script on a Pet Semetary remake, and today they announced(via /Film)…he’s almost done with that script. What’s next for Paramount? Looking for a “high-level director” of course! Like James Cameron? Eh. Probably not that high. Kevin Smith? Eh. Higher than that. Brian de Palma-ish? There we go.

And…that’s your update on Pet Semetary. Not much else is known about the remake. “Gritty” seems to be the way most audiences and studios like their remakes these days, so maybe they can exhume the corpse of Fred Gwynne and have it reprise his character from the original. That would be pretty gritty. Maybe they’re going to go a different Freddie vs. Jason way with it. It could be a Pet Semetary/Lawnmower Man crossover. That would take a lot of people back.

Regardless of what they do with Pet Semetary, Stephen King fans shouldn’t be too concerned, with Dark Tower and The Stand in production, and Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive being kicked around by studios as well. It would appear that studios the world over are in the Stephen King remake business. And business is good.

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Akiva Goldsman To Direct ‘Winter’s Tale’, But Not The Weird Shakespeare One http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akiva-goldsman-to-direct-winters-tale-but-not-the-weird-shakespeare-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akiva-goldsman-to-direct-winters-tale-but-not-the-weird-shakespeare-one/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 02:36:15 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23974 Mark Helprin 1983 novel 'Winter's Tale' is about a thief and a flying horse, which incidentally would be a pretty badass getaway vehicle for a thief.

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Warner Bros. thinks Akiva Goldsman has ‘a beautiful mind’ for adaptations. Maybe that’s because the screenwriter wrote A Beautiful Mind – no one can truly say for sure. What we do know is that the famous writer/producer is getting his first chance to direct, since Warner Bros. greenlit his screenplay adaptation of Mark Helprin 1983 novel Winter’s Tale. The book is about a thief and a flying horse, which incidentally would be a pretty badass getaway vehicle for a thief.

There’s a caveat though. Goldsman has to finish writing the adaptation for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Supposedly, the adaptation will span three feature films, two TV mini-series, and we assume 5-6 video games, 12-13 graphic novels, 18 web series from different character POVs and the world’s longest pop-up book for kids. If Goldsman has to write all of that first, it may be awhile before he gets to hop on the saddle of the white flying horse. Perhaps he could steal a page from Peter Lake and attempt to stop time? (Deadline)

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Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Coming To Theaters, Unless It Gets The Superflu http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-kings-the-stand-coming-to-theaters-unless-it-gets-the-superflu/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-kings-the-stand-coming-to-theaters-unless-it-gets-the-superflu/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 02:44:58 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23657 Executives at Warner Bros. and CBS Films have been beckoned by Mother Abagail to make a movie version of 'The Stand.'

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Executives at Warner Bros. and CBS Films have been beckoned by Mother Abagail to make a movie version of The Stand. There was an ABC miniseries version in 1994 (pfft… miniseries), but Stephen King‘s story has never infected the big screen until now.

The original book is 823 pages long, and the Uncut version is 4,586,934 pages long. After 20 years, movie executives have finished reading the Uncut version and are deciding whether to make it one big movie or a Lord Of The Rings-esque series of films. Fun fact: did you know Stephen King was influenced by LOTR when writing The Stand? Another fun fact: it will be interesting to see how they film the thing where the guy gets raped with the butt of a gun.

Currently, no director or writers are attached. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Javier Bardem To Star In ‘Dark Tower’ Movie-TV Series Hybrid Thing? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-to-star-in-dark-tower-movie-tv-series-hybrid-thing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-to-star-in-dark-tower-movie-tv-series-hybrid-thing/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2011 02:28:18 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22636 Ron Howard choosing Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem over Christian Bale for his latest project was not the result of a creepy coin toss.

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Ron Howard choosing Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem over Christian Bale for his latest project was not the result of a creepy coin toss. I’m guessing that director Howard thinks Bardem (No Country For Old Men) would be perfect as the cowboy lead in his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels. I’m amazed at the scope of the project: the story will span over three movies and two TV mini-series — what, Howard couldn’t squeeze a couple of web series in there too?

Bardem has reportedly been offered the lead role of Roland Deschain, a gunslinger who goes on a quest to find the Dark Tower, and if he doesn’t succeed, the stakes are super duper high: humanity, civilization and post-apocalyptic Disneyland are all doomed. Universal is producing the project, which sounds ridiculously wide in scope. First it’s a theatrically released movie, then a TV mini-series to bridge us into the second movie, which will be followed by another TV mini-series, then the final movie. The idea is to have the same leading cast in all the incarnations. So if you’re interested, Mr. Bardin, get ready to be hanging out with Ron Howard for a long, long time… (Deadline)

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Howard Takes Us Inside His Ambitious ‘Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/howard-takes-us-inside-his-ambitious-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/howard-takes-us-inside-his-ambitious-dark-tower/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:23:55 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16827 Ron Howard appeared on Howard Stern yesterday and was very forthcoming with details about his upcoming 6-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's epic series The Dark Tower, including casting ideas and platform specifics.

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Ron Howard appeared on Howard Stern yesterday and was very forthcoming with details about his upcoming 6-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s epic series The Dark Tower, including casting ideas and platform specifics. The ambitious project would start with a feature, then a season of a network television show, then a second feature film, etc. Howard had a lot to say about the miniseries, including a lot of new information:

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but I’m developing with Akiva Goldsman, the guy who wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, a version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of fantasy stories And there is an element of it, if everything goes as planned, that we would like to do on tv. So we want to do part of it big screen, and then a lot of the character stuff — because Stephen King’s stuff is so interesting and fascinating, and instead of trying to wedge it into a movie, let the movies be adventure and action.”

If any other director was talking about a project of this magnitude, it would probably seem laughable, but Howard’s the kind of A-lister who could pull this off. And with a proposed cast that could see either Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem in the lead role, this is one to look out for. (Slashfilm)

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Ron Howard Taking On Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-taking-on-stephen-kings-the-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-taking-on-stephen-kings-the-dark-tower/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Ron Howard might be biting off more than he can chew. The best ginger director working in the business today is teaming up with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to adapt Stephen King's beloved novel series The Dark Tower into a feature film and television series. He's going to direct everything himself, battle all the haters who say it can't be done, and stave off a nervous breakdown in the process. Ronnie, you be crazy! Deadline has the deets: The plan is to start with the feature film, and then create a bridge to the second feature with a season of TV episodes. That means the feature cast—and the big star who’ll play Deschain—also has to appear in the TV series before returning to the second film. After that sequel is done, the TV series picks up again, this time focusing on Deschain as a young gunslinger. Those storylines will be informed by a prequel comic book series that King was heavily involved in plotting. The third film would pick up the mature Deshain as he completes his journey. They will benefit from being able to use the same sets cast and crew for the movie and TV, which could help contain costs on what will be a financially ambitious undertaking. Peter Jackson is sh*tting in his britches right now. I remember when his back-to-back-to-back Lord of the Rings Trilogy was an unprecedented cinematic feat. If Howard's plan comes together it'll put the whole thing to shame. Thanks Jackson, but we don't need your contributions to film anymore. Ronnie's got the medium on lockdown. 

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Ron Howard might be biting off more than he can chew. The best ginger director working in the business today is teaming up with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to adapt Stephen King’s beloved novel series The Dark Tower into a feature film and television series. He’s going to direct everything himself, battle all the haters who say it can’t be done, and stave off a nervous breakdown in the process. Ronnie, you be crazy! Deadline has the deets:

The plan is to start with the feature film, and then create a bridge to the second feature with a season of TV episodes. That means the feature cast—and the big star who’ll play Deschain—also has to appear in the TV series before returning to the second film. After that sequel is done, the TV series picks up again, this time focusing on Deschain as a young gunslinger. Those storylines will be informed by a prequel comic book series that King was heavily involved in plotting. The third film would pick up the mature Deshain as he completes his journey. They will benefit from being able to use the same sets cast and crew for the movie and TV, which could help contain costs on what will be a financially ambitious undertaking.

Peter Jackson is sh*tting in his britches right now. I remember when his back-to-back-to-back Lord of the Rings Trilogy was an unprecedented cinematic feat. If Howard’s plan comes together it’ll put the whole thing to shame. Thanks Jackson, but we don’t need your contributions to film anymore. Ronnie’s got the medium on lockdown. 

 

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Big Screen Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ Closer to Freaking You the F*ck Out http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/big-screen-adaptation-of-stephen-kings-it-closer-to-freaking-you-the-fck-out/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/big-screen-adaptation-of-stephen-kings-it-closer-to-freaking-you-the-fck-out/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 This is why I don't do laundry anymore. Back in 2009, Warner Bros. hired screenwriter Dave Kajganich to tackle a big screen adaptation of Stephen King's novel It. I've never read the 1,104 page book because come on, it's over 1,000 pages, but the 1990 mini-series scared the living crap out of me when I was younger. It ruined so many things for me, including chinese food, sewers, old ladies, Jonathan Brandis, and sewers. In fact, Googling images of Pennywise the Clown just now triggered my post traumatic stress disorder and my bladder.Dave Kajganich spoke recently to the Stephen King fansite Lilja's Library, and told them how he's working on damaging our psyches with a killer clown again:I told the studio from the beginning that I felt I needed to be able to write for an R rating, since I wanted to be as candid as the novel about the terrible things the characters go through as kids. They agreed and off I went. … I think the biggest difference [between the big screen adaptation and the miniseries] is that we’re working with about two-thirds the onscreen time they had for the miniseries. That sounds dire, I know, but it doesn’t necessarily mean two-thirds the amount of story. I’m finding as many ways as I can to make certain scenes redundant by deepening and doubling others.I can't image how he'll take over 1,000 pages of source material and cram it into a two-hour film. Obviously a lot will be cut, but will all the crucial elements hold together is the question. Also, Tim Curry delivers such a fantastic performance in the original mini-series it's going to be hard finding someone who can top it. But the bigger question here is, what's up with Richard Thomas's mole these days?Yep, still enormous.

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This is why I don’t do laundry anymore.

Back in 2009, Warner Bros. hired screenwriter Dave Kajganich to tackle a big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel It. I’ve never read the 1,104 page book because come on, it’s over 1,000 pages, but the 1990 mini-series scared the living crap out of me when I was younger. It ruined so many things for me, including chinese food, sewers, old ladies, Jonathan Brandis, and sewers. In fact, Googling images of Pennywise the Clown just now triggered my post traumatic stress disorder and my bladder.

Dave Kajganich spoke recently to the Stephen King fansite Lilja’s Library, and told them how he’s working on damaging our psyches with a killer clown again:

I told the studio from the beginning that I felt I needed to be able to write for an R rating, since I wanted to be as candid as the novel about the terrible things the characters go through as kids. They agreed and off I went. … I think the biggest difference [between the big screen adaptation and the miniseries] is that we’re working with about two-thirds the onscreen time they had for the miniseries. That sounds dire, I know, but it doesn’t necessarily mean two-thirds the amount of story. I’m finding as many ways as I can to make certain scenes redundant by deepening and doubling others.

I can’t image how he’ll take over 1,000 pages of source material and cram it into a two-hour film. Obviously a lot will be cut, but will all the crucial elements hold together is the question. Also, Tim Curry delivers such a fantastic performance in the original mini-series it’s going to be hard finding someone who can top it. But the bigger question here is, what’s up with Richard Thomas’s mole these days?

Yep, still enormous.

 

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Akiva Goldsman to Direct ‘Man and Wife’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akiva-goldsman-to-direct-man-and-wife/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akiva-goldsman-to-direct-man-and-wife/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Akiva Goldsman (Left) and Ron Howard (Right) on the set of Inspector Gadget 2.Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is putting down his pen and picking up his wand, or whatever instrument directors use while directing. The Oscar-winning writer is slated to make his directorial debut with the 20th Century Fox drama, Man and Wife. The film follows an assassin who falls in love with the woman he is supposed to kill. In most relationships, a man falls in love with a woman and then ends up wanting to kill her, but this film turns that convention on its head. Brilliant!You have to hand it to Goldsman, especially considering he wrote Lost in Space and Batman and Robin. A lesser man (like myself) or a traditional Japanese samurai would have committed ritual suicide after penning such awful scripts. But Goldsman kept at it and went on to do great things. Aside from trying his hand at directing, he is also producing the upcoming Jonah Hex film and is slated to adapt Stephen King's The Dark Tower for director Ron Howard. (Deadline)

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Akiva Goldsman (Left) and Ron Howard (Right) on the set of Inspector Gadget 2.

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is putting down his pen and picking up his wand, or whatever instrument directors use while directing. The Oscar-winning writer is slated to make his directorial debut with the 20th Century Fox drama, Man and Wife. The film follows an assassin who falls in love with the woman he is supposed to kill. In most relationships, a man falls in love with a woman and then ends up wanting to kill her, but this film turns that convention on its head. Brilliant!

You have to hand it to Goldsman, especially considering he wrote Lost in Space and Batman and Robin. A lesser man (like myself) or a traditional Japanese samurai would have committed ritual suicide after penning such awful scripts. But Goldsman kept at it and went on to do great things. Aside from trying his hand at directing, he is also producing the upcoming Jonah Hex film and is slated to adapt Stephen King’s The Dark Tower for director Ron Howard. (Deadline)

 

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Ron Howard to Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-to-direct-stephen-kings-the-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-to-direct-stephen-kings-the-dark-tower/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Those who have tackled their own home-made adaptations of Stephen King's The Dark Tower are about to be upstaged twice over. Universal is in talks to condense the seven books by the creepy author (I said it) into a film trilogy directed by Ron Howard. Not only that, but they'll also produce a far crappier television version for shut-ins and Nielsen families.I'm not really sure how the story of the last gunslinger Roland Deschain will divide across film and television wthout confusing the chronology, and thinking about it has given me another one of my murder headaches. Well, time to chain myself up for the night again I suppose. (Deadline)

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Those who have tackled their own home-made adaptations of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower are about to be upstaged twice over. Universal is in talks to condense the seven books by the creepy author (I said it) into a film trilogy directed by Ron Howard. Not only that, but they’ll also produce a far crappier television version for shut-ins and Nielsen families.

I’m not really sure how the story of the last gunslinger Roland Deschain will divide across film and television wthout confusing the chronology, and thinking about it has given me another one of my murder headaches. Well, time to chain myself up for the night again I suppose. (Deadline)

 

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Steven Spielberg and Stephen King Bring Stephven Power to ‘Dome’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/steven-spielberg-and-stephen-king-bring-stephven-power-to-dome/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/steven-spielberg-and-stephen-king-bring-stephven-power-to-dome/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are teaming up to create a limited series based on King's recently released supernatural-thriller 'Under The Dome.' Dreamworks TV has optioned the book and is looking to set it up as an event series, likely for cable. The book revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.Dreamworks is starting to meet with writers, but I don't imagine Matt Groening and James L. Brooks will be considered. They've already done a similar project, and it would be silly to rework the material.(via Variety)

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Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are teaming up to create a limited series based on King’s recently released supernatural-thriller ‘Under The Dome.’ Dreamworks TV has optioned the book and is looking to set it up as an event series, likely for cable. 

The book revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. As the locals fight for their survival the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.

Dreamworks is starting to meet with writers, but I don’t imagine Matt Groening and James L. Brooks will be considered. They’ve already done a similar project, and it would be silly to rework the material.

(via Variety)

 

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