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According to The Wrap, Matthew McConaughey is in early talks to play one of the leads in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. Insiders claim he's been given the option to portray either Roland Deschain, or his nemesis the evil Man In Black/Walter O'Dim, and is leaning towards the latter. McConaughey was also rumored to be up for the villainous role of Randall Flagg (actually the same demonic character as O'Dim... kinda) in another King adap, The Stand, but evidently he's more drawn to the project that heads into production first. Apparently it's early days and no deal has been struck, but both parties are interested in working something out. The Dark Tower is currently set for a January 13th, 2017 release »
The last time we talked about Matthew McConaughey, it was about how he turned down the villain role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Now, another high profile role has come his way, with both The Wrap and Variety reporting that he has been offered the role of the Man in Black, the big bad of Sony’s long in development adaption of Stephen King’s epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. The Wrap actually goes one further to say he has been offered the choice of two roles, the series’ demonic sorcerer villain or its hero, gunslinger Roland Deschain. What’s worth noting is McConaughey was rumoured to play the villain of another highly anticipated Stephen King adaption, The Stand, Randall Flagg, which fans of the author’s work will know is actually the Man in Black (though writer/director Josh Boone later said he wanted the actor for »
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It wasn't too long ago that Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey was being sought after for the role as the lead villain in the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. They just might get it too, as Ron Howard and Brian Grazer now want McConaughey for their King flavored project, The Dark Tower; and for a role that's connected to both franchises. McConaughey has been offered not one, but two roles in the would-be franchise, which is currently set up at Sony. Ultimately though, it's actor's choice on this part, and rarely do you ever hear of an actor being offered the actual choice to work as an agent of good or evil. The "good" role is, of course, Roland Deschain, also known as the legendary "Gunslinger" from which the first book takes its name. While we're not surprised that this is one of the roles that »
With director Nikolaj Arcel set to take the helm, and Sony issuing a January 13, 2017 release date for their highly-anticipated adaptation of The Dark Tower, casting is now under way. The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the studio is eyeing Matthew McConaughey to star, with the actor being offered two roles, the main character Roland Deschain and the villainous Randall Flagg, a.k.a. The Man in Black. The Wrap claims that the actor is "leaning" towards the Randall Flagg role, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
Back in 2011, when the project was set up at Universal Pictures, Javier Bardem was eyed to play Roland Deschain, but the studio ended up dropping the ambitious project just a few months later. The plan was to make a trilogy of movies, with two limited-run TV series set to air on NBC in between the films. Warner Bros. was then eyeing the project, »
It seems that Sony and Mrc are looking at Matthew McConaughey for a lead role in their big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Apparently, producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer want their old EdTV star to sign on for the ambitious project, which would adapt the first book in King’s incredibly popular Dark Tower saga, The Gunslinger.
According to The Wrap, McConaughey has actually been given the choice to play either the hero (Roland Deschain) or the villain (Walter O’Dim/The Man In Black), but is currently leaning towards the latter.
If this sounds somewhat familiar, it’s probably because the Interstellar actor was also being sought for the role of Randall Flagg in another King adaptation, The Stand, but he seemingly declined that offer since it’s still too far away from a shoot date. Oddly enough, however, both Flagg and O’Dim are »
- Mark Cassidy
It seems Hollywood is eager to get Matthew McConaughey into a Stephen King adaptation. Last year, the actor was sought for Warner Bros.' "The Stand," but that didn't really pan out. Now, Sony and Media Rights Capital is looking to hook the actor for an even bigger endeavor. The actor is circling "The Dark Tower," with Nikolaj Arcel ("A Royal Affair") writing and directing the first movie in what will be a multi-film series that will be complemented with a TV show. The actor has reportedly been offered both Roland the gunslinger, and Padick aka The Man In Black, and McConaughey is more keen on the latter. But whether or not he actually takes the gig remains to be seen. It's worth remembering the actor recently turned down "Guardians Of The Galaxy 2," but perhaps this is a better draw given that it's not a sequel, and he'll have a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sources tell Variety that Sony wants McConaughey to play Walter Padick — aka the Man in Black — in Sony and Mrc’s adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower” franchise. McConaughey has just received the script and has not yet decided whether he will star.
Sony and Mrc declined to comment.
Padick is a demonic sorcerer who Roland “the gunslinger” pursues in the first book. The character first appears in “The Stand” and goes by the name of Randall Flagg, a character that McConaughey was also offered to play. “The Gunslinger” will be the first in a series of films.
Nikolaj Arcel is directing the movie, which is currently set to bow on Jan. 13, 2017.
- Justin Kroll
And finally, philipphilip99 asks:
Have you ever given up on a novel? If so, why?
Great last question. Generally I don't start a book until I know everything about it, including the fact that it's probably worth writing. Frankly, life's too short to write ten or twenty thousand words and then throw them away. I'm currently writing a new novel, Magpie Murders, and I'm 90,000 words in. In fact, I'm off now to write the next chapter (my biggest fear being that I'll be run over by a bus on the way home).
Can I thank everyone for these great questions - it's been a real pleasure doing this with the Guardian. And thanks also to the fastest typist on the planet »
- Guardian Staff
From his Stephen King adaptations to the Masters of Horror series, Mick Garris has continually offered fright fans new projects to enjoy, and it looks like his streak will continue with 2016's Nightmare Cinema, a new horror anthology from Good Deed Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions that will feature segments from Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, Garris himself, and more:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 6, 2015 – Ten years after launching his critically-acclaimed Masters of Horror series on Showtime, Mick Garris has partnered with Good Deed Entertainment for Nightmare Cinema, a collection of five stories from five masters of horror, to be released worldwide next year.
Scheduled for principal photography in Southern California in early 2016, the coproduction consists of 20 minute shorts directed and penned by the following renowned talent from around the world:
- Derek Anderson
With the TV series "11/22/63" now filming, and big adaptations of "The Stand" and "It" on the horizon, there may be some Stephen King fans longing for the days when movies based on his books were a bit more lo-fi, a little campy, and definitely nasty. 1989's "Pet Sematary" fits the bill, and Guillermo del Toro wouldn't mind taking his own stab at the material. Read More: Stephen King's "It" Has A Director With the director's sumptuous and delightfully old-fashioned horror flick "Crimson Peak" opening this weekend, he's finally putting his feet up with a good book. This morning, del Toro tweeted that "Pet Sematary" was "compulsive reading" and that he "would kill to make it on film." Truth be told, it's actually not that far out a possibility. A few years ago, there was a remake in the works with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") attached to direct, with a script. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Alex Greenfield Interview
If you were following our coverage of this summer’s Frightfest you’ll know that there was one film that caught us by complete surprise, that film was The Sand. On paper the premise sounded silly – a group of teens awaken to find the beach has developed a taste for them, yet the reality was a charming and compelling horror.
There are many writers out there that, were this idea to pop into their heads, would go all out silly – how else do you think we got Piranha 3Dd? – but thankfully they were all kept far away from the project. At the helm instead were writing duo Alex Greenfield and Ben Powell who steered the idea into a more tangible and real direction which really paid off. Much like Frozen that saw three friends stranded on a ski lift, The Sand offers an impossible situation to the »
- Kat Smith
Following the success of The Fault In Our Stars, Josh Boone has been courted for any number of projects, including the long delayed adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. While that's still in his future, it was revealed earlier this year that Boone will direct and co-write (alongside Knate Gwaltney) New Mutants at Fox. Simon Kinberg will produce, and had this to say at the time: "We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters." Well, the first draft of the screenplay is now finished, so we're one step closer to hearing when this team of heroes will arrive on the big screen. Are you looking forward to New Mutants? Let us know your thoughts in the usual place. The first draft of New Mutants is »
It's been a while since we've heard an update on Warner Bros.' live action film adaptation of the horror manga Death Note, but today details on the lead role's potential casting have surfaced.
For those unfamiliar with Death Note, it's a very popular manga, anime, and Japanese movie series in which high school student Light Yagami discovers an unusual notebook called the Death Note. When the book's owner writes the name of the person and the way they die, it comes true shortly after. Light begins to test the book and eventually uses it in an effort to rule as a god over Earth.
- Derek Anderson
Remember those initial reviews of “Under the Dome,” most praising its considerable promise? And what about the gaudy ratings, giving CBS a rare summer hit? That all seems a lot longer than three seasons ago, much less the four weeks that actually transpired within the show’s universe. After running in increasingly preposterous circles (somewhat appropriately, given the shape of its otherworldly enclosure), the Dome came down, along with the curtain, in what turned out to be the series finale. Although the last hour didn’t exactly provide closure, it’s hard to argue the end came prematurely.
Indeed, the producers were clearly leaving their options open, even if the title would have been something of a misnomer going forward. Still, given how clearly the storytelling had run out of gas CBS’ decision felt like a mercy killing, on a show that had already crammed a whole lot of violence into its small town. »
- Brian Lowry
The second Cthulhu figure in a three-part series from Warpo will be available this fall. Also: a trailer for The Inhabitants, first details on IFC Midnight's acquisition of Cabin Fever, El Rey Network's Stephen King marathon, and Last Shift on Blu-ray.
Warpo's Cthulhu Figure Series: Press Release: "Chicago, Il (September 9, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, today released part two of three of Cthulhu: The Great Old One, their retro commercial series for the forthcoming 12” Cthulhu figure.
In keeping with the company’s method manufacturing, the process of development by which Team Warpo creates everything with the mindset and methods of the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the commercial series was created with the look and feel of being an “uploaded artifact” from the era – a rip from an old VHS tape that was used over and over again to capture storylines for the sandbox adventures of childhood. »
- Tamika Jones
We’ve been talking about a new version of Stephen King’s The Stand for some time now, but that’s not what this story is about… instead we’re pleased to announce that El Rey Network is honoring King with special Saturday screenings… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Celia Rowlson-Hall has the body of a tomboy, the brain of a feminist and an imagination quite unlike anyone else. In her dance-based, dreamlike feature debut, the svelte young woman tends to appear either draped in an oversized pink T-shirt or stripped down to a pair of men’s Y-front briefs and matching wifebeater. Rowlson-Hall’s bony, almost prepubescent look suggests androgyny, not motherhood, and yet “Ma” imagines this budding performance artist as a modern-day Virgin Mary — a mute and potentially miraculous mother figure who makes an allegorical pilgrimage to Las Vegas, where she delivers (and subsequently abandons) an infant of possibly divine provenance. “Ma” is a specialty item even by festival standards, and yet without so much as uttering a word, this microbudget labor of love augurs an exciting new voice.
One of the more intriguing talents to have emerged from the North Carolina School of the Arts in »
- Peter Debruge
A few good-to-great movies have been adapted from Stephen King's novels: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (sorry, Stephen), Brian De Palma's "Carrie," Rob Reiner's "Misery," and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Mist," to name a few examples. And then there have been some...not so great ones. My advice? A) Leave the good adaptations alone; B) Give the bad ones the stellar remakes they deserve. As remakes of "It," "Pet Sematary" and "The Stand" -- all of which weren't exactly top-shelf the first time around -- ramp up for new cinematic versions, here are six other King adaptations I'd like to see the powers-that-be take another swing at. »
- Chris Eggertsen
News came out this week that Andy Muschietti, director of the indie horror hit Mama, is in talks to helm a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's classic 1986 book It. The project has been in development for years, and at one point director Cary Fukunaga was attached, but he recently dropped out due to budget concerns.
A first trailer has been released at San Diego Comic-Con for the upcoming horror anthology Tales of Halloween, which we’ve got for you right here…
Tales of Halloween brings you Halloween night like you’ve never seen it before. Ghouls, imps, aliens, axe murderers and more appear in one neighborhood on Halloween to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Tales of Halloween is set for release October 30th in the States and features segments from directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), and Paul Solet (Grace).
- Gary Collinson
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