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Stephen King's Rose Madder Gets Adaptation By In America Writer Naomi Sheridan

8 November 2011 4:00 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Stephen King has always been big business for Hollywood, and that hasn't changed even as the writer cruises through his '60s. As of this story, there are something like a dozen film and television projects in the works based on his material. Stuff like The Dark Tower and Under the Dome have been generating most of the chatter, but there are also pending remakes such as Firestarter, Carrie, and Pet Sematary. But the King spree isn't sticking solely to the author's best-known books. According to a story in Variety, there's also an adaptation of King's novel Rose Madder in the works, and it's being written by In America writer Naomi Sheridan. Published back in 1995, Rose Madder centers on a woman who flees her cop husband after many years of abuse. Settling into a new city, she finds work, begins dating, and generally sets about trying to build a new »

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'In America' Writer Naomi Sheridan Pens Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Rose Madder'

8 November 2011 1:16 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With a ton of movie projects already in development based on his books -- "The Dark Tower," "The Stand," reboots of "Carrie," "Pet Sematary" and "Firestarter" - and in addition to "Bag Of Bones" headed to the small screen this fall, there is no shortage of Stephen King films/shows for his fans. But yet another is on the way, although this one has an intriguing name attached. »

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'In America' Writer Naomi Sheridan Pens Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Rose Madder'

8 November 2011 1:16 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With a ton of movie projects already in development based on his books -- "The Dark Tower," "The Stand," reboots of "Carrie," "Pet Sematary" and "Firestarter" - and in addition to "Bag Of Bones" headed to the small screen this fall, there is no shortage of Stephen King films/shows for his fans. But yet another is on the way, although this one has an intriguing name attached. »

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'In America' Writer Naomi Sheridan Pens Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Rose Madder'

8 November 2011 1:16 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With a ton of movie projects already in development based on his books -- "The Dark Tower," "The Stand," reboots of "Carrie," "Pet Sematary" and "Firestarter" - and in addition to "Bag Of Bones" headed to the small screen this fall, there is no shortage of Stephen King films/shows for his fans. But yet another is on the way, although this one has an intriguing name attached. »

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Let A Young Martin Sheen Take You Sweet Hostage On This Awesome Mod.

14 October 2011 10:14 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Ever wonder how much time of your short short life will wind up devoted to silly silly movies like this? Before he became President of the United States in The West Wing Martin Sheen appeared as the baddie in a host of genre movies, some of them pretty darn good. The Little Girl Who Lived Down The Lane (1976) is now recognized as a chilling suspense film. The Dead Zone (1983) had him playing a corrupt politician. Firestarter (1984)  cast him as a CIA crony. The Believers (1987) (which was plenty chilling tho Sheen didn't play the villain) was directed by no less a luminary than the great John Schlesinger. But before any of those he played an escaped mental patient in in this 1974 »

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Weekend Horror Trivia

14 August 2011 4:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Reader and contributor Gemma St. Clair returns this weekend with a new list of horror trivia:

1. The Phantom of the Opera: There are multiple versions of this film, including the original silent 1925 release (107 minutes long) and the 1929 re-release  (98 minutes long). There was a third version with talking scenes, but it is now considered lost.

2. Cat’s Eye: Stephen King wrote the part for Drew Barrymore in Cat’s Eye because he was so impressed with her in Firestarter.

3. Freaks: This film was banned in the UK for nearly 30 years after its release.

4. Willard (2003): A picture of Willard’s Father in the film is actually Bruce Davidson who played Willard in the 1971 original.

5. House of the Dead: The Sega logo can be seen in the background of the rave.

6. Alone in the Dark (1982): The house that was used for Dr. Potter’s home actually belonged to a psychiatrist. »

- Jonathan James

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Film Rights Purchased for Stephen King’s 11/22/63

12 August 2011 9:31 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Stephen King’s 11/22/63 hasn’t even been released yet, but the film rights have already been purchased. According to reports, Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) has optioned the film rights to the novel, with plans to write and direct.

Due out on November 8th, Stephen King’s latest novel revolves around time travel and attempting to stop the assassination of JFK:

“Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the Ged program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges »

- Jonathan James

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'Groupie' Movie Review

1 August 2011 11:40 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Shannon Hilson

In Groupie, we have one of the more recent efforts from director Mark L. Lester. If his name rings a bell with film buffs out there, it’s because he is also responsible for such classics as Stephen King’s Firestarter and Commando. However, I would suggest not popping Groupie into your DVD player expecting another future classic along those lines. Although this film does contain Lester touches that reminded me of certain elements in those films, thus bringing back a pleasant bit of my childhood for me, this is nevertheless… not quite the same.

Groupie tells us the story of a rock band called The Dark Knights that may or may not be cursed thanks to a horrible tragedy that we as viewers are witnesses to at the very start of the film. You see, The Dark Knights are apparently just as well known for their »

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Stephen King Officially Not Surprised The Dark Tower Deal Died

19 July 2011 2:18 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Very few people could legitimately claim to be surprised when Universal backed away from Ron Howard.s elaborate, expensive, combination-movie-and-television adaptation of Stephen King.s sprawling The Dark Tower series. In the current climate of ballooning budgets and costly disappointments, a studio.s less likely to take a risk on a multi-part project that doesn.t come with some guarantee of marketability to the general (read: teenage) audience. Years ago, when films like Carrie, Cujo and Firestarter were moneymaking movies, Stephen King.s name was bankable. Today, not so much. Even King understands, telling EW.com in an email that he was disappointed but .not really surprised. by the studio.s decision. .As a rule, [Universal has] been about smaller and less risky pix; maybe they feel it would be better to stick with those fast and furious racing boys,. King elaborated. That.s a sweet dig, though even King »

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[DVD Review] The Speed of Thought

23 April 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

When you hear there exists a story about a little girl who has the power to create fire, and her father who can manipulate someone’s thoughts, you know you’re in for some incredible set pieces that showcase their awesome powers; and that’s what you more or less got with Stephen King’s novel Firestarter. And when you have a movie with characters tunneling into other people’s minds by using their extraordinary powers of telepathy, similarly you sort of expect remarkable occurrences and fascinating concepts, but I kept asking myself watching The Speed of Thought, Where are they?

In the film, Nick Stahl plays Joshua Lazarus, a government operative, womanizer and telepath; and anyone with that power is referred to as a Scoper. Writer/director Evan Oppenheimer came up with some interesting terms (like Scoper) and concepts like Merging which is the act of melding two minds in an intimate, »

- Savio Pham

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Mark L. Lester's Groupie Stalks DVD Shelves This June

17 April 2011 11:00 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

From the director of Firestarter, Class of 1999, Showdown in Little Tokyo, and Commando comes Groupie, a psycho thriller about a psychopathic rock groupie terrorizing a popular rock band on their comeback tour.

Groupie marks the first time Mark L. Lester has stepped behind the camera since 2005's highly rated Syfy original Pterodactyl. Taryn Manning (Hustle & Flow) stars as a mysterious groupie that hooks up with a famous rock band named "The Dark Knights" looking to rise again on their comeback tour. As she insinuates herself more and more into their lives and career, the more death and mayhem follows.

Hal Ozsan ("90210") co-stars at the band's troubled lead singer, along with Betsy Rue (famously naked in My Bloody Valentine 3D) and the venerable Eric Roberts as the band's almost assuredly soon-to-be-dead manager. Michael Feifer (Dracula's Guest) and Randall Frakes (Hell Comes to Frogtown) are credited with the screenplay.

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- Foywonder

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The Speed of Thought and the Powers of the Mind: A Movie Review

15 April 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director/writer: Evan Oppenheimer.

Maya Entertainment has released The Speed of Thought on to DVD April 12th. The film stars Nick Stahl (Mirrors 2), Mia Maestro (Cutthroat), Taryn Manning (The Devil's Tomb) and Wallace Shawn, in a fictional world set in telepathy. The film has some similarities to Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). The conscious and unconscious parts of the mind are used for governmental espionage, with Joshua Lazarus (Stahl) attempting to uncover the source of a fictional ailment, called Wittman's disease. The result is a thrilling and imaginitive ninety minutes.

Much of the film takes place in a consciously constructed world of the mind. Here, scopers, or those with telepathy, communicate with others like themselves. The fantasy constructs are much like the ones created in Inception, with less attention spent on the grand scale of this earlier production. Instead, dreamscapes are created. Later, the protagonist Lazarus merges with a new mysterious scoper, »

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And on the 7th Day Shane Abbess Will Bring Horror

14 March 2011 12:20 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's been a while since we've heard anything from Gabriel director Shane Abbess, but that's about to change because the Aussie filmmaker is back with a whole new terror-filled yarn to spin.

According to Variety Australian filmmaker Shane Abbess (pictured right) will direct 7th Day, a sci-fi thriller from the writer of Source Code, Ben Ripley.

The script concerns a voyage to establish a new colony in outer space and is based on an original story by Abbess and Ripley. Martha De Laurentiis will produce the pic along with Abbess' Storm Alley Entertainment.

"We are always looking for young, inspiring filmmakers wanting to tell a unique, high-concept story; and after meeting Shane, I decided to immediately snap the property off the market," said De Laurentiis, who described the story as The Shining on a spaceship.

7th Day is "going to be a contemporary take with the soul of classic genre, »

- Uncle Creepy

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‘The Shining’ On A Spaceship? Shane Abbess Helming ‘Source Code’ Writer Ben Ripley’s ’7th Day’

14 March 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Duncan Jones‘s Source Code receiving strong advance reviews, it’s not surprise that the film’s writer, Ben Ripley, is lining up his next project. Variety reports that Aussie Shane Abbess (Gabriel) will direct 7th Day, a sci-fi story about a voyage to found a new colony somewhere in outer space, based on an original story by Abbess and Ripley.

Producer Martha DeLaurentiis, who described the concept as The Shining on a spaceship (which kind of describes the premise to the underrated Event Horizon, but it still works) also said:

“We are always looking for young, inspiring filmmakers wanting to tell a unique, high-concept story, and after meeting Shane, I decided to immediately snap the property off the market.”

No casting details or anything else beyond that one-line premise, but there’s this from Abbess and Ripley:

“7th Day” is “going to be a contemporary take with the soul of classic genre, »

- Anthony Vieira

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'7th Day' Described as 'The Shining' in Space

14 March 2011 9:37 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Australian filmmaker Shane Abbess (Gabriel) will direct 7th Day, a sci-fi thriller that Source Code scribe Ben Ripley is writing for the Dino De Laurentiis Co. The script, which concerns a voyage to establish a new colony in outer space, is based on an original story by Abbess and Ripley. De Laurentiis described the story as The Shining on a spaceship. Prexy of production Lorenzo De Maio will oversee the project for Dino De Laurentiis Co., which is still developing a reimagining of Barbarella, as well as remakes of Stephen King adaptations Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive. Other projects include a supernatural thriller based on Richard Kadrey's "Sandman Slim" series. »

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'Pet Sematary' Finally On Its Way?

3 February 2011 3:21 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Stephen King is having quite the week of news isn't he? With recent casting rumors for the Dark Tower adaptation as well as the news about a Firestarter remake and a theatrical version of The Stand--Stevie must be beside himself with joy--or angry and bitter. Probably the latter.

The Pet Sematary remake has been whispered about quietly for some time now. In fact it must have been whispered about extremely quietly because I completely missed the part where they said they were doing a Pet Sematary remake. But I guess they are, and now The L.A. Times is reporting that screenwriter Matt Greenberg is ready to submit his screenplay. Greenberg's other credits include the adaptation of King's 1408 as well as Halloween: H20 and The Fair-Haired Child episode of Masters of Horror.

As of now, no directors or actors have been decided so we must sit and wonder about »

- Andre Dumas

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'Pet Sematary' Remake Reanimated at Paramount

3 February 2011 6:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Horror, Cinematical

Considering his monumental success for nearly four decades running, we're not sure if there's ever a bad time to actually be Stephen King (well, June 19, 1999, maybe), but if you were thinking about jumping into the author's shoes 'Quantum Leap'-style, now is a great time to do so.

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are currently gearing up for their groundbreaking, multi-year, multi-format adaptation of 'The Dark Tower'; the De Laurentiis Company is planning to remake 'Firestarter'; Warner Bros. just gave the greenlight to a silver screen adaptation of King's most acclaimed novel, 'The Stand'; and now comes news that Paramount is moving forward with a 'Pet Sematary' remake.

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- Peter Hall

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'Pet Sematary' Remake Reanimated at Paramount

3 February 2011 6:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Horror, Cinematical

Considering his monumental success for nearly four decades running, we're not sure if there's ever a bad time to actually be Stephen King (well, June 19, 1999, maybe), but if you were thinking about jumping into the author's shoes 'Quantum Leap'-style, now is a great time to do so.

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are currently gearing up for their groundbreaking, multi-year, multi-format adaptation of 'The Dark Tower'; the De Laurentiis Company is planning to remake 'Firestarter'; Warner Bros. just gave the greenlight to a silver screen adaptation of King's most acclaimed novel, 'The Stand'; and now comes news that Paramount is moving forward with a 'Pet Sematary' remake.

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- Peter Hall

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Pet Sematary remake heading into production

3 February 2011 4:05 AM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Only this week we were discussing the sudden re-popularity of horror scribe Stephen King in movieland, and it seems that trend isn’t set to buckle any time soon. Adding to the list of upcoming projects based on King stories – which already has Dark Tower, Firestarter and The Stand scribbled on it – comes news that a new version of Pet Sematary is in the works. 1408 screenwriter Matthew Greenberg has reportedly penned a script that he’s about to deliver to the studio, who should be looking for a “high-level...

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- Josh Winning

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Paramount Developing Remake of ‘Pet Sematary’

2 February 2011 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Stephen King is big movie business again. Chalk that up to the massive film and TV adaptation [1] of his Dark Tower series that has industry players Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer pushing it forward. Then there is the new version [2] of The Stand, which Warner Bros. is developing, and possible new versions [3] of Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive. The latest new King project is a possible remake of the 1989 film Pet Sematary, which starred Fred Gwynne and his awful Maine accent in a film about dead pets and children coming back to life. The original film, despite the aforementioned accent and some truly wooden acting (in particular from Star Trek: Tng's Denise Crosby) has some very effective chills. At the time the zombie genre hadn't been mined as thoroughly as it has now, and the horrific ramifications of a dead toddler being brought back to life made for some potent sights. »

- Russ Fischer

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