stephen king adaptations

Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood star in Gerald's Game

Imagine if Viagra put Stephen King in charge of one of their ad campaigns and you have a starting position for Gerald’s Game. A husband, Gerald (a physically jacked and emotionally nuanced Bruce Greenwood), and wife, Jessie (Carla Gugino in a powerhouse performance), head to a secluded cabin to find the spark their relationship has been missing. Instead of a pair of bathtubs perched on a hill, Gerald decides the right accessories – besides his trusty blue pills – are police issue handcuffs.

Stephen King's name can conjure a myriad of immediate reactions. For many his cultural significance is marked by the knowledge that whatever is about to unfold will be satisfyingly unsettling. From three versions of Carrie to two versions of The Shinning, the King’s work seems to draw consistent and frequent adaptation. Arguably one of his most notorious and discussed works is the novel It, which was adapted for TV as a mini-series in 1990. Audiences may have missed out on viewing the over four-hour epic since its release 27 years ago, but Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise the clown has become a part of cross genre of pop culture.

Much of Stephen King's literary work that has been adapted to film has featured children facing off against bullies. "Carrie", one of his most well known and lauded narratives for its original novel and film adaptation, is the most reliant on the subject matter of bullying. In modern America where bullying has become a subject of national outcry and countless awareness campaigns, you could say it's a perfect time for a remake of "Carrie" if there was to be one.

Some great remake news today. After going through test screenings in preparation for a remake of the moc-doc "Paranormal Activity", Paramount has decided that the film tested so well that there is no need to remake it. The film, which has garnered heavy buzz in the horror community lately, will debut September 25th at Midnight at Fantastic Fest 2009 in Texas.

Ryuhei Kitamura ("Versus", "Midnight Meat Train") is going to be directing an adaptation of one of Stephen Kings "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" tales, titled "Home Delivery".

Victor Salva says "Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral" is finally coming together money wise, with Gina Phillips slated to reprise her role as Trish, 23 years later. He also uses the phrase "you have to keep four or five balls in the air at a time", which might not be the smartest thing for a man with his past to say. Hey, just pointing out the obvious here.

I have an idea for the most annoying film ever. "Fight Club" with werewolves. Oh crap, looks like someone beat me to it.