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2:00 PM on 04.10.2015

The Dark Tower gets new life at Sony

I know, I know. You've heard it all before. Stephen King's massive, world-spanning book series The Dark Tower will be made into a movie or TV series or both and Ron Howard is on board to produce and possibly direct. Well...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Cary Fukunaga to start It adaptation next summer

A new film adaptation of Stephen King's It has been bouncing around for a while now with director Cary Fukunaga attached. It hasn't really gotten off the ground, though, but now, possibly because Fukunaga is so cool nowa...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 11.01.2013

Pet Sematary gets a remake with 28 Weeks Later director

As someone who enjoys the occasional horror film, I don't love seeing original concepts run through the ground over and over again. Sure that's what most of the genre is built on, but I do avoid lots of unnecessary sequels an...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 08.23.2013

Affleck off The Stand, Scott Cooper in to direct

One of the things that happens when you get cast as Batman is that Batman becomes a major time suck. Affleck now has a Batman/Superman movie to start in, a JLA film to star in (and possible direct) and most likely a stand alo...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 05.02.2013

Rumor: The Dark Tower may head to Netflix

Rumor alert people! Nothing is definite as of yet, but keep your eyes and ears open. There was news a long time ago that director Ron Howard had been working with HBO regarding the Stephen King series, The Dark Tower. That ha...

Logan Otremba

9:00 AM on 04.05.2013

Trailer: Carrie

Now we finally have our first, full look at Carrie following that teaser from a few months back (before Carrie was bumped back to October 18th) and it definitely delivers. Although it shares more than a fair share visual con...

Nick Valdez

Trailer: Carrie photo
Trailer: Carrie
by Hubert Vigilla

Here is the first teaser/trailer for Kimberly Pierce's remake of Carrie. It's pretty much how Matt described it in his Carrie panel recap for the New York Comic Con.

There's something promising about the imagery here, especially the scope of destruction. The gossipy collection of voices is also pretty cool. The fact that Pierce used roughly 1,000 gallons of blood, is hewing closer to the Stephen King novel than the Brian De Palma film, and is proudly shooting for an R rating means this movie will probably get pretty damn mean. Sort of like high school.

Carrie will hit theaters March 15, 2013. Look for Matt's New York Comic Con interview with Pierce, Julianne Moore, and Chloe Moretz later this week.

[Via The Playlist]

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9:00 AM on 08.24.2012

New Carrie reboot photos spoil the ending

Granted Stephen King's story is so well known by now that everyone knows the ending, but these images kind of take out the emotional punch that Carrie needs. The final scenes are supposed to be so shockingly vibrant that Carr...

Nick Valdez

Warner Bros. passes on Dark Tower, but it may live! photo
Warner Bros. passes on Dark Tower, but it may live!
by Matthew Razak

[Update: Deadline is reporting that Media Rights Capital is now in "serious talks" to pick up the financing reins for Ron Howard's adaptation of The Dark Tower, as co-chairman and co-CEO Modi Wiczyk is evidently a very big fan of the series. Considering that MRC has taken some pretty big risks on stuff like Ted and Elysium, it makes a certain amount of sense. Cross your fingers, gunslingers!]

Put another nail in the coffin for Ron Howard's epic adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. After stating that they'd make a decision about picking up the movie/TV project they did indeed make a decision. That decision was to not move forward with the project leaving Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment with a project that's looking less and less likely to ever come to fruition. 

Variety reports almost no details on the project, but considering that both Universal and WB have passed up on the massive undertaking, despite a lower budget, I don't think anyone will be picking this up any time soon. It is a really ambitious project so one can understand why studios are so skitish, especially when the subject matter may not move tickets as fast as, say, Fifty Shades of Grey

Yeah, just think about that. Fifty Shades of Grey will most likely have a movie before Stephen King's most epic undertaking ever sees the light of day. 

[Variety, via /Film]

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WB decides on Dark Tower in two weeks, Crowe attached photo
WB decides on Dark Tower in two weeks, Crowe attached
by Matthew Razak

After reading through the entire Dark Tower series because I thought that it was actually, finally going to be made into a movie/TV series I was pretty much crushed when production halted. But never keep a rambling, all-over-the-place epic down as we've got new news on whatever the project turns out to be. First off is that Russell Crowe is in talks to play the books' protagonist, gunslinger Roland Deschain.

But wait, you ask. Wasn't the whole thing pretty much DOA? Not quite. The property moved over to Warner Bros. after Universal dropped it and they're going to decide in two weeks if they're going to do anything with it. This has been triggered by a new screenplay turned in and Crowe's involvement with the film. He definitely brings a name to the project (though it's had plenty of names before and not got off the ground).

As far as the project itself goes, WB is still looking to have Ron Howard direct and the idea is still to make the series into three movies and two limited-run TV shows. As far as Crow goes, he doesn't quite fit the bill for Roland, but he's done cowboy before and if the trailer for Man with the Iron Fists is any indication he still has it.

[via Deadline]

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5:00 PM on 06.08.2012

Stephen King's It getting adapted into two movies

It is one of my favorite Stephen King books, to the point where I wind up re-reading it every year, and every year I thoroughly enjoy it until the adolescent gangbang at the end. Seriously. If you don't remember that, yo...

Alex Katz

11:00 AM on 05.23.2012

Stephen King novella A Good Marriage getting adapted

I stopped reading Stephen King novels years ago, so I seem to have missed this one. A Good Marriage is a novella that was released in 2010 as part of the collection Full Dark, No Stars. And now it's going to be a movie. ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 05.01.2012

Chloe Grace Moretz talks Carrie remake

Chloë Grace Moretz seems attracted to gothic, supernatural roles and she's following up this year's Dark Shadows by heading into a remake of Brian DePalma's adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie, which she described to Com...

Xander Markham

4:00 PM on 08.12.2011

Jonathan Demme will adapt an upcoming Stephen King novel

I flat out hated Rachel Getting Married, so Jonathan Demme's not been on my good list for a little while, at least since his serviceable remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Still, the man did Silence of the Lambs. H...

Alex Katz

Harry Potter director and writer set to adapt The Stand photo
Harry Potter director and writer set to adapt The Stand
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I will say it now: The Stand is Stephen King's best book. Or, the Complete and Uncut Edition is, anyway. It's also one of his longest books, and, as we all know, the longer a story is, the more difficult it is to adapt. Well, it seems that Warner Bros. has figured that out and will be reportedly putting director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves on the job. Yates was the director of the final four Harry Potter films, and Steve Kloves wrote the screenplays for seven of the eight films (skipping Order of the Phoenix), giving them quite a pedigree when it comes to long-form adaptations. In fact, this may very well be the best possible team to turn to under such circumstances. Fortunately, rather than trying to shoe-horn the entire film into a single movie, the pair will be breaking it up into several (although the actual number is at present unknown). 

Properly capturing the scope of The Stand's story will require a big budget and excellent production values. Unfortunately, the TV miniseries was not given those things and fell flat. Hopefully the films will get the backing they need and deserve. I also hope the film is not dumbed down for a PG-13 audience, because that really would ruin it. However, given the rather sexually explicit source material, I do hope it is dumbed down to an R rating and that all the unnecessary sexual encounters are removed from the story. Regardless, this news combined with the Marvel comic series means it is an exciting time to be a fan of the book. If you haven't picked it up yet, do yourself a favor. It's awesome, and hopefully this adaptation will be too.

[Via HitFix]

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Universal passes on adapting The Dark Tower photo
Universal passes on adapting The Dark Tower
by Bob Muir

After surviving a halted production that was restarted with a lower budget, you'd be forgiven for thinking The Dark Tower might still have a chance at being produced. Those hopes will now dwindle to little more than a dream, as Universal has passed on adapting Stephen King's 7-novel series. The ambitious plan was even greater in scale than The Lord of the Rings; Ron Howard was set to direct a film trilogy and two limited run TV series. Akiva Goldsman was writing the scripts, Javier Bardem was to star as Roland Deschain, and Goldsman, King, and Brian Gazer would produce the whole mess.

Supposedly, Universal would only commit to the first film, which the filmmakers couldn't accept. I suppose they have some right to not want to waste money on a media franchise whose first installment wasn't well received. But as The Lord of the Rings proved, planning these things all at once produces fantastic results.

This being Hollywood, The Dark Tower isn't necessarily dead. If the crew finds another backer, the project could still see the light of day. Goldsman's Weed Road is based at Warner Brothers, which is also making The Hobbit films, so that could be a possibility. For Universal though, it's yet another high-risk-high-reward project they've passed on, after breaking our hearts over At the Mountains of Madness. What a shame.

[Via Deadline]

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10:00 AM on 06.29.2011

Jurassic Park trilogy takes a bite out of Blu-ray

The Jurassic Park trilogy is finally getting the high-definition treatment, arriving on Blu-ray on October 25th. To commemorate its arrival is this teaser trailer showcasing some of the enhanced visuals. It's been almost 20 ...

Geoff Henao

4:00 PM on 05.23.2011

Adaptation of Stephen King's Under the Dome gets a writer

Adaptations of Stephen King's works range from the truly incredible (The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite films) to the not so good (Firestarter is not). After the unfortunate news that Carrie is getting a rema...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

1:00 PM on 05.10.2011

UPDATE: Production halts on Dark tower

Update: Deadline is now reporting that the Dark Tower staff has been asked to stop work on the project and that plans to begin shooting in September have been scrapped. The studio has denied the talk that the project is in tu...

Liz Rugg

9:00 AM on 04.19.2011

Movie Debate to the Death! Favorite Stanley Kubrick film?

In the previous film debate we tackled one of the largest storytellers of any medium: Stephen King. With over 100 movies to choose from, it certainly wasn't an easy choice, but four films stood out to the Flixist community: ...

Tom Fronczak

8:40 PM on 02.09.2011

Movie Debate to the Death! Favorite Stephen King film?

We posted over twenty 25 Flixist film awards over the course of a single week, but arguably the most important one of all has yet to be claimed: the readers' favorite film of 2010. I gave everyone a full week to p...

Tom Fronczak

10:22 PM on 01.26.2011

Bardem wanted for The Dark Tower

I have a backlog of books to read larger than my backlog of movies and videogames put together (that's really big), and somewhere at the top of that backlog are Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. Thankfully, the seven part...

Matthew Razak