The Lifetime Original Movie, Big Driver, premiering on Saturday, October 18 at 8pm ET/PT, is based on a short story written by best-selling author Stephen King and marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King. This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime stars Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence, McFarland), Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Sex & Violence, Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veteran Ann Dowd (The Leftovers, Masters of Sex) and Will Harris (NCIS, Sky High).
In Big Driver, Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a drainage pipe to rot with the bodies of his other victims, Tess escapes and makes her way safely home. With her fragile mind beginning to unravel, she is determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, as payback is the only thing holding her together.
Starting November 11th, Stephen will embark on a six-city book tour to promote the release of Revival. The tour begins in New York City and continues through Washington DC, Kansas City, Wichita, Austin and South Portland. Further details regarding the itinerary will be posted on September 15th. Be sure to check back then for updated information regarding the events, venues and times.
November 11, 2014: New York City
November 12, 2014: Washington, DC
November 13, 2014: Kansas City, MO
November 14, 2014: Wichita, KS
November 15, 2014: Austin, TX
November 17, 2014: South Portland, ME
From Dread Central:
Writer Jeff Buhler tipped us off exclusively this morning to the news that he’s come aboard director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Pet Sematary reboot for Paramount as the project’s screenwriter, and we chatted with him regarding the property. Dive in!
Buhler, who is known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium (and who is also penning the remake of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder for LD Entertainment and Ghost House Pictures’ re-launch of The Grudge franchise), said of Pet Sematary, "I’ve been working with Juan Carlos on his rebooted, re-imagined version."
He added, "Paramount had a script from Matt Greenburg and then brought Juan Carlos on, and they were looking to do some work on the script, and then I came in. Juan Carlos and I collaborated on a new outline for the film, Paramount loved our pitch, and I’ve been writing the first draft of the script. It’s very exciting."
“We are being very respectful to the book,” he continued, “and we are not tying ourselves to anything in the first two films at all. We are [also] bringing in some fresh elements that speak to the spirit of the story that aren’t in either one.”
“If you look at the core of it, of what’s going on with the family, it’s an absolutely disturbing story,” Buhler offered. “I think the heart of the story has to do with Louis and his relationship with his kids and grappling with that dilemma when kids ask you what happens when you die and what you believe in. It deals with these big questions in such a personal way, and that is classic Stephen King. They are huge ideas, but they are told through a very identifiable, close-knit family unit, and that’s so powerful so we are just immersing ourselves in that - the loss, the grief, and the horrific results of people making really, really bad decisions.”
From Arrow in the Head:
Mike Flanagan is directing an adaptation of Gerald's Game. He most recently helmed Oculus starring Karen Gillan. He spoke to Fangoria about the upcoming film.
I’ve been wanting to make GERALD’S GAME for ten years. I love that novel and I first started trying to acquire the rights around that time. After OCULUS came out, King had seen the movie and really liked it, so things finally fell into place for GERALD’S GAME. I’m so excited about that, but talk about a difficult movie! If you want to talk about the strange structure of OCULUS, GERALD’S GAME is really out there.
GERALD’S GAME is intimate and contained on a level that’s really exciting from a creative point of view. It’ll be a really strange and exciting movie for an audience, and there’s nothing quite like it. For the longest time, I’d look at that book and be convinced it was unfilmable, but I finished the script late last year and at the moment, I’m convinced it is filmable. It’s a strange one, but we’re casting that right now and hopefully we’ll be going into production on that in late winter or early spring of next year.
From the Herald Tribune:
Prolific horror writer Stephen King is expected to fill an auditorium with his fans this fall for a fundraising event to benefit Manatee County's public libraries.
The Manatee Library Foundation announced this morning that King, a seasonal resident of Casey Key, agreed to donate his services for a Jan. 29 lecture at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton.
The foundation hopes to raise $100,000 toward a new operating system to manage the libraries' acquisition, cataloging and circulation data.
“We knew we needed a very special event,” if it is to reach that fundraising goal, Foundation President Jane Plitt said.
The foundation previously said that it would wait until this morning's news conference to identify the “internationally acclaimed writer” it had booked for that event.
“It's been a really tough secret to keep,” Library Services Manager Ava Ehde said.
Tickets on sale for the Manatee event on November 1st.
Sponsorship deals available now, for $200 and up. The $2500 and up sponsorships come with a VIP reception with King (6 or more tickets included).
Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) will direct Overlook Hotel - the Warner Bros prequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
The 1980 horror classic, based on the novel by Stephen King, starred Jack Nicholson in one of his most memorable roles. Taking an axe to Shelley Duvall's bathroom door he utters the immortal line: "Here's Johnny!"
Romanek has previous in the suspense genre having directed Robin Williams in 2002 creep fest One Hour Photo. According to Variety, screenplay duties will fall to Glenn Mazarra (The Walking Dead).