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
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 September, Universal unveiled its ambitious plan to adapt Stephen King's massive The Dark Tower series of novels (an eighth book is set to arrive next spring), which included a trilogy of movies, with two TV series to air in-between each movie. While fans had to be pleased with the scale of the adaptation, the studio eventually found the project to be "too costly [and] too big a risk".
The adaptation's Academy Award–winning creative team of director Ron Howard, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, and producer Brian Grazer — all of whom worked together on 2001's A Beautiful Mind — didn't give up, and now have at least the TV portion of the adaptation set up. where will the TV series end up? >> Posted 10.26.11 by Ryan
He's often called the "King of Horror" and for fans of his books and stories there have been dozens of adaptations on both the big screen and television. With the days getting shorter and the nights longer what better time than to curl up with one of Stephen King's movies before giving us your thoughts and ranking your favorites. Vote for Hollywood's Top Ten, the show where movie fans control the countdowns.
Vote for your top 10 Stephen King movies >> Posted 09.23.11 by reelz
"I never had any friends later like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?" That memorable line is just one of the many reasons this coming-of-age movie holds up so well. Earlier this year, the Stand By Me cast reunited for the 25th anniversary Blu-ray release.
But we can go one better. We're airing the movie 25 years to the date it first hit theaters — August 8th at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT. ReelzChannel is DirecTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, and available on your cable or satellite system.
To celebrate the anniversary, we dug up 25 great pieces of trivia >> Posted 08.03.11 by reelz
At times, director Ron Howard's plan to adapt Stephen King's massive The Dark Tower series seemed too ambitious to work. Turns out, it was.
Deadline reports that, after having issues with the budget that ultimately delayed the adaptation's start date, Universal Pictures has decided to pass on the project. The plan for The Dark Tower was to adapt the novel series — which consists of seven novels (soon to be eight) and a short story — into a trilogy of movies, with two TV series to air in-between to help bridge the movies. Howard's A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman wrote the script for the first movie and TV series, but, according to the report, Universal would only commit to the first movie and not the series. This wasn't good enough for Howard and producer Brian Grazer, whose Imagine Entertainment production company will retain the Dark Tower rights. who else could make Dark Tower? >> Posted 07.19.11 by Ryan
When Universal announced last May that director Ron Howard, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, and producer Brian Grazer would be adapting Stephen King's massive, sprawling The Dark Tower series — which consists of seven novels (soon to be eight) and a short story — into a trilogy of movies with two TV series to premiere in-between, it seemed like an extremely ambitious plan. While trilogies are a common thing for movie franchises, with some extending beyond just a trilogy, it's unprecedented to have two TV series help bridge the gap between movies. In a recent interview with Deadline, Howard explained the reason behind the adaptation plan. Howard on the budget and casting of javier bardem >> Posted 06.21.11 by Ryan
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
Earlier this month, it looked like Universal's adaptation of The Dark Tower could be in trouble, as the financially cautious studio figured out how to handle the budget. Based on Stephen King's massive Dark Tower series — which consists of seven novels (with an eighth novel on the way) and a short story and follows an alternate universe gunslinger named Roland Deschain — the planned adaptation was a uniquely ambitious one that called for a trilogy of movies, and two TV series which would bridge the trilogy.
Academy Award–winning director Ron Howard is set to helm at least the first movie, with Howard's Oscar–winning A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman scripting the first movie and TV series. In a recent conversation with EW, Howard revealed that, despite Universal reportedly getting nervous about the instant franchise's budget, everything was going as planned.
Is javier bardem playing the lead role or not? >> Posted 05.25.11 by Ryan
We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward. We're thinking of starting in early spring now.
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