King just posted this picture on his Twitter account.
King just posted this picture on his Twitter account.
Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley is set for a key villainous regular role opposite Peter Serafinowicz in the Amazon pilot The Tick, a new take on Ben Edlund‘s comic book character with an all-new cast. Additionally, he is in negotiations for a co-starring role opposite Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in The Dark Tower.
The Dark Tower, co-written and directed by Nikolej Arcel, is based on the Stephen King novels, with Akiva Goldman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins producing. Haley will play Sayre, a menacing humanoid who is the vampire leader and kowtows to no one.
Spike TV has greenlit “The Mist,” ordering 10 hourlong episodes of the series based on Stephen King’s classic horror novella, Variety has learned.
The series goes into production this summer, and is slated for a 2017 debut.
The Viacom-owned cabler ordered a pilot for “The Mist” this February, though after hearing the pitch for the full series, upped the order to series, before producing the pilot.
TWC-Dimension Television will produce the series, which tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. Christian Torpe, who is repped by ICM, will serve as exec producer.
After more than a decade of rumors, scripts, starts and stops, Sony made a big announcementTuesday evening (April 12) — Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” had finally rolled cameras. Over the years, the beloved 1982 – 2012 series of books had gained a reputation as visionary, thrilling … and quite possibly unfilmable.
Needless to say, fans of the series are excited to finally see the film version being made, with Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in the lead roles and Nikolaj Arcel directing. If you need help understanding why, read on for 5 talented Hollywood power players who have struggled mightily in a battle almost as epic as the books themselves.
Stephen King to Appear with George RR Martin at Albuquerque End of Watch Tour
ALBUQUERQUE—Longtime Albuquerque indie bookstore, Bookworks, hosts Stephen King June 16 at the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center, one of twelve stops on a national tour promoting his new novel, End of Watch. What was already an unbelievable event opportunity has become even more notable, with a very special guest announced as part of the billing.
George RR Martin, Game of Thrones creator, beloved New Mexico author, and patron of the arts, will join King on stage at the Kiva Auditorium, for conversation and an element of literary fantasy that fans of the esteemed authors will find hard to resist.
“We were talking one day at the store about the event, daydreaming about how we would ever be able to score an event more epic than Stephen King. ‘But what if we got George RR Martin to interview Stephen King,’” recalls Bookworks event coordinator Amanda Sutton. Martin has been a friend of indie booksellers in New Mexico and has taken part in several events with the store, including a sold-out in-conversation event with Diana Gabaldon in 2013. Martin also frequently hosts renowned authors at his Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.
During a conference call with King’s assistant and publicist at Scribner, the Bookworks team mentioned the idea to have the two authors appear together.
The pieces fell into place when Martin contacted his agent, Chris Lotts, also Stephen King’s agent, expressing interest in hosting King at the Cocteau. No new events were able to be added to the tour, but Martin was invited and graciously agreed to join the bill for the Albuquerque event. He will be in conversation with Stephen King’s son, author Joe Hill, in May 23 at the Cocteau upon release of his book The Fireman. On June 16, Martin will appear with King at the Kiva Auditorium. Both authors are delighted to share the stage.
The authors will sign books prior to the event. Every attendee will receive an End of Watch hardcover with ticket purchase, with 400 signed copies to be distributed at random. End of Watch is the third book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, which began with Mr. Mercedes, an Edgar Award winner, followed by Finders Keepers. All the books in the trilogy, along with many of Mr. King’s titles, will be available at the event, as will signed books from Mr. Martin.
Tickets for Stephen King in Conversation with George RR Martin are available online at bkwrks.com/stephen-king, by phone at 505-344-8139, or in person at Bookworks, at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque.
Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to sci-fi horror film “Cell,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack and Isabelle Fuhrman.
Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams, “Cell” is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca.
Saban Films president Bill Bromiley said, “Stephen King is widely recognized as a master of the horror genre. Combining his talent along with Tod’s vision and this dynamic cast, which reteams King, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson for the first time since ‘1408,’ delivers a truly unique modern tale of survival.”
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In the meantime, Boone has another King-based project that’s being fast-tracked to the screen: Revival. He enthused, “[T]hat one is ready to go. My line producer, production designer, and VFX supervisor from Fault budgeted the film. Michael De Luca is producing, which is amazing. He produced The Social Network, Moneyball, and Captain Phillips; but he also wrote John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness, so he’s a secret horror nerd like us. Unlike these studio projects we’re working [on]–The Stand, Vampire Chronicles, New Mutants–where there are so many voices chiming in, we’ve been able to develop Revival in a very pleasant bubble. I wrote it on spec, and we are putting together the financing now. Very exciting. I think it’s one of King’s very best books.”
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Now, as for The Stand, which has been in the works for quite some time, Boone explained, “We’re working on it. The reason The Stand hasn’t been made yet is because it’s expensive. It’s a problem of perception, I think. We really are attempting to revive the idea of the elevated horror film–movies like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining–A-list films with A-list casts. The 1980s really killed this idea because studios realized you could make horror films for dirt cheap and make a killing. In theory, every studio wants to make The Stand. It’s a bona fide American classic. It should be an event movie. A big, serious-minded epic with an awe-inspiring cast that is as faithful as possible to King’s narrative and intentions. This should be The Godfather of post-apocalyptic epics. I adapted the book and have King’s blessing. We got that awe-inspiring cast. But [Warner Bros.] didn’t want to spend what it would actually cost to make the movie. To have a real conversation about making this film at a level that is appropriate for the book King wrote is an 85- to-100-million-dollar conversation, which from where I’m sitting sounds like a no-brainer considering the mind-numbing nonsense that studios spend $250 million on. Which brings me back to that perception problem. They look at The Stand and wonder why they can’t make this post-apocalyptic horror movie for $35 million. King and I were most excited and continue to be most excited about a single three-hour event movie: The Godfather of post-apocalyptic movies.”
Does he have any studios in mind? “My hope is that we’ll go make that movie with Lionsgate,” Boone said. “My adaptation is incredibly faithful to King’s book, but the way I was able to contain all of it in a single three-hour film is: I shattered King’s structure and told the story non-linear. That was really what broke everything open for me. The opening scene is Mother Abigail on her deathbed sending our heroes off to make their stand against the Dark Man in Vegas, and then we jump back in time and you basically have three spinning timelines going the whole movie–Captain Trips, Boulder, and The Stand, same as the book, but they are all happening simultaneously. Sequences that fall hundreds of pages apart in the book stand side-by-side in the film, echoing and resonating in new and strange ways. I remain incredibly excited about that script. I can’t wait to make it. The Stand is the movie of a lifetime so I’m completely content waiting until someone gives us exactly what we need to do it right rather than to compromise.”