Which Adaptations Are Worthy of King's Name?
The recent news that Universal will be adapting acclaimed author Stephen King's short story "Gramma" into a feature film directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) — coupled with the imminent arrival of Halloween, of course — got us thinking about the contributions King has made to not only the horror genre, but to science fiction, fantasy and suspense, as well. With book sales in excess of 350 million copies and his stories having inspired well over a hundred feature films, TV movies and TV series, King shares company with such literary legends as William Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in terms of the influence his writing has had on popular entertainment.
Unlike (most) writing, however, Cinema is a collaborative medium, requiring a confluence of talented individuals to bring a story to life on screen. Sadly, far too people in Hollywood possess the vision to adequately interpret King's works, resulting in dozens of duds for every masterful adaptation. Help us sort through the schlock to find the movie adaptations worthy of bearing King's name.
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Posted 10.30.12 by BrentJS
36 years later, you still don't make fun of Carrie.
Brian De Palma's 1976 adaptation of Carrie is widely regarded as one of the classics of the horror genre, which begs the question of why anyone would want to remake it, which already happened once in a 2002 TV movie, or make a sequel out of it, which sadly happened in 1999's The Rage: Carrie 2. Next year, a second Carrie remake will open in theaters, but, as titular star Chloe Grace Moretz (Dark Shadows, Kick-Ass) revealed in April, this remake will be "very different" from the original. While it will still be ostensibly based on Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, the remake has been updated to modern times and, according to Moretz, will be a "darker" version that will focus more on the relationship between Carrie and her mother (Julianne Moore). From the looks of the fiery teaser trailer, however, it looks like the spine of the story will remain unchanged, with Carrie being pushed too far yet again and taking revenge on her suburban Maine town with her telekinetic powers. trailers too hot to handle
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After helping put a remake of his own 1981 classic The Evil Dead into production for release next year, Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi will produce a remake of Poltergeist as well.
THR reports that Raimi has joined MGM's remake of the 1982 horror movie directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg, and will oversee the search for a director. The remake was written by playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote Raimi's upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful. The story so far doesn't sound too far off from the original, with a family moving into a house that they don't realize was built on sacred land and soon are visited by supernatural forces that take their daughter.
Poltergeist isn't the only iconic horror movie to be remade by MGM. The studio is teaming with Sony Screen Gems for a remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie as well. In January, Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce was hired to helm the remake, which will star Chloe Moretz (Dark Shadows, Kick-Ass) in the title role. Moretz recently spoke to ComingSoon about the project and admitted how excited she was to work with Pierce. moretz updates carrie >> Posted 04.30.12 by Ryan
Carrie White, the eponymous troubled teen with telekinetic powers at the center of horror master Stephen King's first published novel, has been waiting in the wings for her chance to return to the big screen since May of last year when MGM and Screen Gems announced they were teaming to produce yet another movie adaptation. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa — a comic book writer familiar with King's work as the author of Marvel Comics' adaptation of King's The Stand and the playwright who re-wrote the troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical — was hired to pen a "faithful" and "grounded" adaptation of Carrie and now the project may have found the perfect director to envision Aguirre-Sacasa's script. According to Deadline, Kimberly Peirce, the co-writer and director of the acclaimed 1999 movie Boys Don't Cry about another troubled teen, is "in talks to direct" the Carrie adaptation. more about Carrie >> Posted 01.05.12 by BrentJS
Last month, MGM and Screen Gems announced that they were planning a remake of Brian De Palma's 1975 horror classic Carrie, with Broadways' Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
While some may find the idea of remaking Carrie to be rather unnecessary, it probably didn't make things better when Stephen King revealed that he thought Lindsay Lohan would be an interesting choice for the title role. As if that wasn't difficult enough for fans of the original, Megan Fox is also reportedly interested in the role as well. Now, there could be another candidate: True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld. will she take the part? >> Posted 06.02.11 by Ryan
In Brian De Palma's 1975 horror Carrie, Sissy Spacek could make things move with her mind and ultimately gave her classmates (including a young John Travolta) a prom they wouldn't forget. Could you imagine a pig-blood-soaked Lindsay Lohan causing havoc?
Last week MGM and Screen Gems announced plans for a Carrie remake, hiring Broadways' Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to pen the script.
It's not surprising that Hollywood wants to remake a scary movie from the 70s (they've already remade movies from the '80s — A Nightmare on Elm Street). There was a forgettable sequel to Carrie — 1999's The Rage: Carrie 2. Yeah, we don't remember it either. Lindsay "stoked" >> Posted 05.23.11 by Chris
Korean director Joon-ho Bong may have created the ultimate image of matriarchal generosity for his new movie, Mother. Determined to prove her mentally challenged son innocent of murder, the woman (played indelibly by Hye-ja Kim) will do anything to rescue him from incarceration. If that means crossing a few moral boundaries in the process, so be it.
Not all mothers are so selfless, though. Some, in fact, are downright hellacious. And while watching parental sacrifice can be an uplifting and occasionally thought-provoking experience, the sight of a mom warping filial devotion to her own ends — with the kids sometimes getting their own back in return — can be downright fun. So it was no trouble for us to come up with a list of Top 10 Toxic Movie Moms. Posted 03.12.10 by reelz