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Den Of Geek Aug 15, 2017
The BFI is putting on a season of Stephen King films - and you can win tickets right here!
This Competition Closes Today!
The BFI is bringing together a selection of Stephen King adaptations for its Nightmares And Dreamscapes season, that’s going to see a range of films back on the big screen. The occasion is the author’s 70th birthday, and the films on offer range from Carrie and The Shining through to The Dead Zone and Firestarter. It’s quite a selection, and you can find the full programme – and ticket details – right here.
Furthermore, we’ve teamed up with the BFI for a special competition, that’ll see the lucky winner get a bundle of tickets. The prize winner will get two tickets to:
A preview of the new film of It Carrie at the IMAX Creepshow, followed by discussion hosted by »
Stephen King published his first novel in 1974. That novel, Carrie, would go on to sell more than a million copies in its first year of publication. The popularity of this book resulted in a movie adaptation two years later. As Stephen King released more novels, his popularity as an author grew, and many more films, miniseries, TV shows, and graphic novels came to be based on his writings. Today, King is one of the most well known and successful modern writers. Although he has written in many genres (including contributions to comic books), he is best known for his horror writings.
58 films have been released so far that have been based at least in some part on the writings of Stephen King. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Could the McConaissance be meeting the Kingaissance with The Dark Tower?
Not only is the film the first in what could be a series of big-screen adaptations based on fantasy writer Stephen King’s eight-book "The Dark Tower" series, which the author himself referred to as his magnum opus (or masterwork), it’s coming out just a month before another anticipated movie based on one of King’s favourites, It.
If both productions live up to expectations, it will be good news for King’s screen legacy, which has long been in need of an upgrade. The Dark Tower, luckily, co-stars the reigning master of Hollywood image rebuilding, Matthew McConaughey, as the piece’s main supernatural villain known as the Man in Black. »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Ever wonder what the stars of your favorite movies and TV shows got up to when the cameras weren’t rolling? Well, we have some partial answers for you.
Keep scrolling to see the best behind-the-scenes shots from decades past. They’re totally phat, gnarly, groovy and … you get the idea:
- Lydia Price
For many readers, the illustrations on the covers of Stephen King's novels are just as indelible as the stories told on the pages within, and Suntup Editions is paying tribute to these iconic images with The Covers Collection, a new series of giclée prints featuring the artwork that graced the covers of King's hardcovers, including Pet Sematary, ’Salem's Lot, and It.
The Covers Collection features the work of ten artists and 15 book cover artworks (displayed in their full form without the title text and other additions that appear on book covers).
These highly limited edition prints are available in sizes 18”x24” or 11”x17” (and other dimensions in some cases), come signed by the artist, and are limited to just 100 copies apiece. Those who sign up for The Covers Collection series can look forward to receiving one a month in the mail.
To learn more about The Covers Collection, visit Suntup Editions' website, »
- Derek Anderson
"They all float down here, Georgie!" Pennywise and the kids of The Losers Club from the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It are featured in hours of content in the new documentary Pennywise: The Story of It. Also: Mystery Science Theater 3000 collectibles and apparel, 43rd annual Saturn Awards Special Achievement Award Winners, a look at a new clip from Mountain Monsters, and Wichita release details.
Pennywise: The Story of It Documentary Indiegogo Details: "Indiegogo Campaign: "From the makers of 'You're so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night' and 'RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop' and the director of 'Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Path to Pet Sematary' comes this brand-new documentary celebrating the legacy of 'Stephen King's It' and the legend Tim Curry. With over 30 interviews and hours of behind the scenes footage, this is Your opportunity to support this independent project and make it a reality. »
- Tamika Jones
“Mudbound” director Dee Rees will write and direct an untitled horror project for Blumhouse “centered on the domestic lives of black lesbians in rural America,” the New York Times revealed in a profile of Blumhouse founder Jason Blum. The news was confirmed by The Tracking Board.
Blum saw “Mudbound” at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation and sold to Netflix for a whopping $12.5 million — the largest acquisition of the 2017 festival. When he had the chance to meet Rees at a Sundance Institute event in March, he teared up as he told her it was “one of the most powerful movies.” A mutual admiration society, Rees had recently seen Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” which was produced by Blumhouse, and had similarly nice things to say to Blum.
The two sat down »
- Jude Dry
Yet another Stephen King novel is set to get the TV treatment. While folks may be more dead set on seeing some of Stephen King’s older work — like It, The Dark Tower, Firestarter, or The Mist — on the big and small screen, we can’t forget that the dude’s been writing pretty great novels in recent years as well. Most recently, King’s put out a trilogy of hard-boiled detective novels. The stories started with Mr. Mercedes, continued with Finder Keepers, and concluded with End of Watch.
We’ve known for some time that the first book would be adapted for the small screen, but after being announced, back-burnered, and then brought back to the fold, it became easy to lose track over what the actual status of the project was. Now, Audience Network has announced that the 10-episode limited series has a premiere date of Wednesday, August »
- Joseph Medina
New Line Cinema has released a sneak peek for its anticipated horror thriller “It.” The trailer first debuted during Sunday’s MTV Movie & TV Awards and was introduced on the stage by actors Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jack Dylan Grazer, known as “The Losers Club.”
Read More: ‘It’ Trailer Comparison Runs The 2017 Film Version Simultaneously to the 1990 Miniseries — Watch
Andrés Muschietti’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal 1986 novel is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, where seven kids have to overcome life problems, including bullying from other kids. The clique also faces the haunting of a monster that takes the shape of an evil clown named Pennywise (played by Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård). 30 years later, they reunite to stop the clown once and for all. King’s novel was first adapted for the screen in Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 miniseries. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
There’s no question that hordes of people will swarm to theaters to see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on opening weekend, and most of them will get their money’s worth — it’s yet another visually dazzling comic space opera about intergalactic heroes trading banter in their meandering quest to save the universe. Writer-director James Gunn was already onboard to direct a third entry before this one hit theaters, a signal that this vibrant formula works really well for a lot of people. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm for a big, flashy blockbuster like “Guardians” has the power to overwhelm everything else out there, and drown out memories of other first-rate science fiction storytelling from recent years that still deserves a larger audience. Here are a few of them worth checking out this weekend. Trust us — “Guardians” will be there next weekend, too.
“Beyond the Black Rainbow” (2010)
The first (and »
- Eric Kohn
Daily Dead was proud to sponsor and attend the first-ever Overlook Film Festival (we already can't wait for next year), and with this year's installment of the memorable horror celebration coming to an end after the weekend, the official recipients for the event's audience and juried awards have been announced.
Press Release: (Portland, Or) – As its inaugural run comes to a close, the Overlook Film Festival has the great pleasure of announcing its first year juried and audience awards. Culled from a stellar lineup of 39 films (22 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), the festival's features and short film juries deliberated over the course of the event, publicly revealing the winning selections at the special closing night secret screening of A24's It Comes At Night.
- Derek Anderson
Over the past 40 years, Stephen King has proven to be an irresistible source of material for a wide variety of filmmakers. In the 1980s alone, more than a dozen movies were drawn from his short stories or novels, including Firestarter. Released in May 1984, Firestarter revolved around young Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore in her first movie after E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial), who has the ability to start fires with her mind because of an experiment performed upon her parents Andy and Vicky (David Keith and Heather Locklear) years before by a mysterious government agency known as The Shop. Charlie and her father must go on the run because The Shop will now stop at nothing to capture and study them. The movie, which also featured Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, Louise...
- Peter Martin
Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions has announced that Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale, Stephanie) has signed on to direct new version of the 1980 Stephen King novel Firestarter, which has been scripted by Scott Teems (Rectify).
Firestarter follows Andy McGee and his young daughter Charlie, a nine-year old girl who has inherited pyrokinetic abilities from her parents after they participated in an experiment during college which resulted in them developing telepathy. Father and daughter find themselves on the run from the government, who want to weaponise Charlie and her firestarting powers.
- Gary Collinson
Deadline reports that Blumhouse and Universal are teaming up for a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter. Directed by producer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman—whose only other movie as a director was the underwhelming fairy-tale flop Winter’s Tale—the film would revisit King’s tale of a father-daughter team on the run from a shadowy government agency that wants to study their powerful psychic abilities.
Firestarter previously got the book-to-film treatment in 1984, with Drew Barrymore in the role of young Charlie McGee, a precocious tyke with the ability to roast people alive with her mind. There’s no word yet on who’ll play Charlie in this new version, or her eventual nemesis John Rainbird, memorably played by George C. Scott in the original film (and less so by Malcolm McDowell in Syfy’s made-for-tv sequel Rekindled in 2002).
- William Hughes
The Stanley Film Festival kicked off at the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon last night, with producer Jason Blum and director Akiva Goldsman debuting their new thriller Stephanie as the opening night screening. The producer and director also used the event to break some news, announcing that they are both collaborating on a new remake of Firestarter, the 1984 horror classic starring Drew Barrymore. Universal Pictures is also involved in the development, but it hasn't been said when production may begin.
Deadline reports that Scott Teems (Rectify) has come aboard to write the screenplay, with Akiva Goldsman set to direct and Jason Blum producing. Universal previously tried to put together a Firestarter reboot back in 2010, with the studio bringing on Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) to write the screenplay, but that incarnation never moved forward. Martha de Laurentiis, who made her producing debut as an associate producer on the original movie, »
Akiva Goldsman is set to direct a new version of Stephen King’s Firestarter. The news was announced following a screening of Goldsman’s new film Stephanie at the Overlook Film Festival last night. The new adaptation will be based on a script by Scott Teems and released by Blumhouse Productions through Universal Pictures.
The film was made into a film in 1984 with Drew Barymore leading the cast. Here’s the official synopsis from the source material; King’s book, which was released three years previous in 1981.
First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers.
Then, they are married and have a child. A daughter.
Early on the daughter shows signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her. Desperately, her parents try to train her to keep that force in check, to “act normal.”
Now the government »
- Paul Heath
Anyone remember the 1984 classic film Firestarter? If not, here’s a brief description. The plot concerns a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and the secret government agency known as The Shop which seeks to control her. The film was directed by Mark L. Lester, and stars David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott. The girl’s father (Keith) also has special mind controlling powers except they give him nose bleeds when he uses them. The movie itself was not a hit in theaters at all. It cost $15 million to make and barely broke even. However, the movie’s
- Nat Berman
Author: Scott Davis
The original novel, published in 1981, was made into a feature film in 1984 by Mark Lester (Commando) and starred Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet, The Wedding Singer) in the lead role. Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, David Kieth and Heather Locklear co-starred and grossed over $17million domestically.
For the remake, Blumhouse have secured Akiva Goldsman (A New York Winters Tale) to direct the film after recently helming Stephanie for the production company and which debuted this week at the Overlook Film Festival. Goldsman is an Academy Award Winning writer for his work on A Beautiful Mind and has also scribed a wide range of films including the upcoming The Dark Tower, Angels & Demons, Batman and Robin, and A Time To Kill. »
- Scott Davis
It’s a wonderful time to be a Stephen King fan. In 2017 alone, two of the author’s greatest novels – namely It and The Dark Tower – will light up the silver screen, while horror novella The Mist will spread its gnarly tentacles on Spike come June.
Now, Deadline brings word of yet another King property earmarked for adaptation: Firestarter, the 1980 sci-fi novel that spawned a feature adaptation four years later starring Drew Barrymore. This new incarnation has sparked into life over at Universal and Blumhouse, with the Oscar-winning Akiva Goldsman appointed to direct. Blumhouse’s Jason Blum fittingly made the announcement at the Overlook Film Festival in Oregon, which gets its name after the spooky haunted hotel that spawned a million nightmares in The Shining.
Details are few and far between at this early stage, but those of you familiar with the source material will know that Firestarter chronicles the »
- Michael Briers
Between It, Castle Rock, and The Dark Tower, we seem to living during a renaissance of Stephen King adaptations. While King’s work has always been a huge subject of adaptation in film, it seems like technology has caught up enough to really bring these properties to life in an unprecedented way. Well, it looks like we’ll be getting yet another Stephen King adaptation — this time in the form of the remake Firestarter.
According to Deadline, Oscar-winning writer Akiva Goldsman is teaming up with Blumhouse — the studio behind this year’s hits Split and Get Out — to bring Firestarter to the big screen. Taking the helm is Goldsman himself. Goldsman is best known for his writing work, but in 2014, after some work in TV, he made the leap to feature directing with Winter’s Tale. Firestarter will be Goldsman’s third feature, and his fifth collaboration with Blumhouse (including »
- Joseph Medina
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