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Published last year, Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes follows retired cop Bill Hodges as he hunts a killer who used a set of wheels as a lethal weapon. This past summer, King announced that Mr. Mercedes was the first book in a planned trilogy. Finders Keepers, the second installment of that trilogy, is due out in May and its official cover has now been revealed, and we also have the Misery-esque synopsis.
Finders Keepers will hit shelves on June 2nd, 2015. We have the official synopsis for the novel, which is projected to be 448 pages long (via Simon & Schuster):
““Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, »
- Derek Anderson
Stephen King’s next novel, Finders Keepers, is heading our way on June 2nd; and his publisher, Scribner, has unveiled the book’s artwork, which we snagged from StephenKing.com. It’s Book #2 in a proposed trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes. Finders… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Johnny Depp as an updated Baron Munchausen.Even in the middle of watching this hugely entertaining Johnny Depp slapstick-a-thon the viewer finds him/herself wondering if the great actor’s best days are behind him. The edginess is mostly gone and in its place are double the cleverness and four times the action, production and special effects. Where has Johnny gone?Reuniting with director David Koepp for the first time since his 2004 adaption of Stephen King’s “Secret Window,” there is no question Depp is thoroughly enjoying himself. In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow (as Mortdecai’s wife Johanna) even seems to be enjoying herself. There is […] »
- Ron Wilkinson
"The book was better." These words make up the classic phrase that literary adaptations live and die by, and believe it or not, it's not always the truth. Sometimes the movie takes the story that the book tried to tell, and turns it into a more fully formed tale that the author can't help but respect. It happened when John Steinbeck admitted that The Grapes Of Wrath was a much darker story on the screen than on the page, and it more recently happened when Stephen King's The Mist was given an ending that even the king of horror had to admit worked perfectly. Of course, there are also the ones that don't get what the book was trying to say. For every adaptation of The Mist, there's a disastrous adaptation of Timeline waiting to take its place. For now, though, we'll remain optimistic about these upcoming projects. After all, »
I'll never forget my first experience with Stephen King's It. The 1990 ABC miniseries event was the stuff of nightmares, and I mean that literally. I was on vacation in Puerto Rico, visiting my grandmother. I was 7. Didn't even see the whole thing, with my dad probably realizing "This kid shouldn't be watching this." But that night, for the first time in my life, I didn't sleep. My mind was racing. My imagination was playing tricks on me. I'd look over at the bedroom door and see Pennywise standing down the hall waving at me. I'd blink and then he'd be at the door. Blink again, and he was at the foot of my bed.
Yup, It had that kind of effect on me. No other horror film before or after that ever did or would again. But It freaked. me. Out!
So now comes word that the big screen adaptation »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Sadly, the first film scripted by William Goldman to hit theaters since the anus-monster mess Dreamcatcher is no return to form, and this time, there's no ass-obsessed Stephen King book to blame. Goldman's script adapts Wild Card from his own 1985 novel Heat, a Las Vegas noir in which a tough with a gambling problem rents himself out to folks who need muscle — and, on the side, runs into lots of friends whose problems can only be solved through his skills weaponizing any sharp object he happens to clutch. Don't mess with him if he's got cutlery!
Director Simon West's film doesn't improve much on the 1986 version, the Heat that's not Michael Mann's, but star Jason Statham proves a more credible improv-killer than Burt Reynolds did. Overstuffed and »
Rodney Ascher's 2012 documentary "Room 237" combined numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the meaning of Stephen King's "The Shining" into a compelling portrait of obsession. "The Nightmare," which explores the terrifying phenomena of sleep paralysis through the recollections of several people who suffer from it, takes a similar approach to unwrapping irrational fears. Cutting between various chilling anecdotes of sinister late night visions and horrifying reenactments, "The Nightmare" manages a tricky balance of visceral fright and sincere investigation. It's a rare non-fiction achievement that earns the ability to freak you out. An opening title card announces Ascher's intent to reveal eight victims as they recall the forces that "wait for them in the darkness," which encapsulates the creepy, illustrative power of the ensuing 90-minutes. Unlike "Room 237," Ascher shows us his subjects as they discuss their »
- Eric Kohn
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
For the last week of January, horror and sci-fi fans have several great titles to choose from that are making their home entertainment bow on Tuesday. Big Driver, the latest Stephen King adaptation, is coming to DVD and Cinedigm is releasing both Open Windows and Why Don’t You Play in Hell? as well, after their successful festival runs in 2014.
Big Driver (Lionsgate, DVD/Digital HD)
From best-selling author Stephen King comes Big Driver, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) January 27th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Golden Globe® nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Academy Award® winner Olympia Dukakis (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Moonstruck, 1987) and Grammy® nominated rocker Joan Jett, Big Driver is a dark »
- Heather Wixson
Stephen King has more film adaptations of his work than any other writer and this is a testament to his prowess of writing interesting and engaging fiction which is always entertaining and very easy to read. He writes across a number of genres, but is most famed for his body of horror prose which includes such popular fiction as Salem’s Lot, It, Carrie, The Shining and Misery. Even though he wrote The Shawshank Redemption, which was adapted into one of the most universally acclaimed films in cinema history, King will always be known primarily for his horror novels.
Cinema and TV adaptions of his work range from the sublime to the ridiculous. There is the Oscar winning Misery and there is the stinking heap of dung that is The Mangler. Central to the interpretation of King’s horror work is to have a good strong villain. Therefore »
- Clare Simpson
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
What if the zombies from George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead shambled through malls in real life? How would you react if your town’s population transformed into vampires reminiscent of those in Stephen King’s ’Salem’s Lot, or if werewolves prowled your backyard and demons possessed those you hold near and dear? The folks at In Case Of have the decorative answers to these four scary “what ifs?”: sealed emergency cabinets containing survival tools to use against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons.
Founded by two childhood friends with a passion for supernatural survival, In Case Of has five limited edition cabinets that are now available. Each cabinet comes with weapons and tools useful for protecting yourself from a certain type of monster. For example, the zombie cabinet includes a 12-gauge short barrel shotgun, the vampire case comes with two vampire stakes, while the werewolf cabinet »
- Derek Anderson
“Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller has had an enviable career trajectory. Happily coinciding with the past decade or so’s focus on “smart” TV, his star rose in the early 2000s as he left “Star Trek’s” sci-fi universe for quirky cult shows like “Wonderfalls,” “Dead Like Me” and “Pushing Daisies.” But his first mention in Variety was for something more gruesome — adapting the 2002 TV-movie version of “Carrie,” Stephen King’s classic horror tale of bullying and scorned teen angst.
Do you recall seeing your name in Variety?
It’s always surreal — particularly for me as someone who was so steeped in Stephen King as an adolescent — and then to be adapting his first novel and getting a mention in Variety. It’s hard to quantify the experience, because it’s ethereal in a way.
What do you recall from that point in your life?
The starting point for my career »
- Whitney Friedlander
Nothing is ever the same again in Castle Rock after Leland Gaunt shows up and opens his antiques store, Needful Things. There’s something for everyone in Gaunt’s shop, but instead of money, the prices must be paid through devious, deadly deeds. Based on Stephen King’s 1991 novel of the same name, Needful Things (1993) is making its Us Blu-ray debut via Kino Lorber.
Kino Lorber will release Needful Things on Blu-ray this June with a new audio commentary from director Fraser Clarke Heston. Fans of the film no doubt are wondering if this home media release will include the extended TV version that features around an extra hour of footage. Kino Lorber revealed they do not at this time have the rights to the TV version, but they are pursuing them and will keep fans updated on the procuring process.
We’ll keep Daily Dead readers posted on further developments. »
- Derek Anderson
The Twilight Zone: Shadow & Substance #1
Written by Mark Rahner
Illustrated by Edu Menna, Thiago Ribiero
Published by Dynamite
It hardly needs to be said that the original televised incarnation of The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) was a high water mark for fantastic fiction. The second (1985-1989) was a more than worthy successor that drew on notable talents like Wes Craven and Stephen King (Gramma, a first season episode adapted from King’s short story by Harlan Ellison is almost unbearably terrifying). The third (and to date last) TV go-round was a U.S.-Canada co-production lasted just a single season (2002-2003); which is fitting considering it’s quite mediocre.
Unfortunately, Dynamite’s new Tz comic series, Shadow & Substance, is quite reminiscent of the latter.
- Steven Fouchard
Kino Lorber must have some sort of device in my brain. I grew up with F/X and FX2 and they previously announced those are coming to Blu-Ray. Now, they are releasing a film that I think is one of the better Stephen King adaptations, Needful Things on Blu-Ray.
From Kino Lorber’s Facebook Page:
Post by Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
There are already some fans asking if the extended cut (commonly referred to as the TV version) will be included. While Kino has stated that the TV rights are with someone else, they are trying to acquire them. It would be great to have that alternate version which includes almost an extra hour of footage.
- Andy Triefenbach
Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t even scream. The slimy mass that is the Blob first thrilled audiences when it took on Steve McQueen on the big screen in 1958. It next oozed into cinemas via the 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, before being reborn in a 1988 remake directed by Chuck Russell and co-written by Frank Darabont. Proving that it’s still a relentless alien amoeba, 1958’s The Blob is being remade once again.
Goldcrest Films is moving forward with a remake of The Blob, with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) lined up for the director’s chair and shooting slated to begin this summer. Modern-day special effects capabilities are expected to bring the Blob to life like never before, and Chris Haney (Avatar, Avengers Assemble) will oversee the VFX in post-production.
- Derek Anderson
Golcrest to launch sci-fi remake at Efm; UTA rep Us.
Production on the remake of the 1958 sci-fi classic about an alien life-form that threatens a small town is due to get underway this summer.
Taewon Entertainment & A-List Corporation, based in Korea, will co-finance as their first major English-language project.
Pascal Degove and Nick Quested will executive producer for Goldcrest; Tae Won Chung will executive produce for Taewon Entertainment and Ju Young You for A-List Corporation. Michael Roban, Michael Harpster, Kyu C. Lee, Armen Aghaeian, Edward Mokhtarian, Geno Tazioli, Holly Kobzina »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Exclusive: It crawls! It creeps! It’s getting a remake. Goldcrest Films is set to co-produce an update of 1958 horror/sci-fi classic The Blob. Simon West (Wild Card, The Mechanic, Expendables 2) is directing with principal photography eyed for this summer. Producers are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Cell). Korea’s Taewon Entertainment and A-List Corporation are co-financing with Goldcrest.
The original film, which was released by Paramount, starred a young Steve McQueen. The story sees a gelatinous alien life-form emerge from a crashed meteor and begin to ooze through Downingtown, Pa, eating the townsfolk as it goes. Check out the original trailer below.
Goldcrest is also handling international sales and distribution and will launch the film at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. UTA is brokering U.S. distribution rights; the agency reps West.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Many stories start at the beginning, but Goners, a new comic book series from Image Comics, begins at the end… the end of a family tragedy that leaves two people dead and two others hunted by supernatural forces ranging from ferocious phantoms to sharp-beaked Ekeks and many more malevolent monsters.
With issue #4 of this ambitious horror story hitting shelves today, I caught up with Goners co-creator/writer Jacob Semahn in a Q&A feature to discuss the wide-ranging influences (including John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Stephen King’s works) of his series, the often overlooked creatures lurking within the panels of Goners, what lies ahead for characters and readers alike, and much more. We also have a set of preview pages from Goners #4, teasing the carnage brought upon the Massachusetts town of King’s Bluff by a Skin-Walker and his furry friends.
I understand the assassination of John F. Kennedy »
- Derek Anderson
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