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October 17, 2013
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This is mainly for pat omd and preachy but anyone is welcome to chime in. I was just wondering if any of yall have got a chance to check it out yet and if so how good is it?

October 17, 2013
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I’m actually buying it this weekend. I hope it’s good

October 17, 2013
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I bought it last weekend haven’t read it yet though. After I’m done with the book I’m reading now I’m going to start that one, should have it done by the end of the weekend. I’ll definitely let you know how it is man. 

October 17, 2013
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For sure man. Both of yall let me know what you think. ive heard him read the opening chapter and if thats any indicator this gonna be a beast of a book

October 17, 2013
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I hope so Slum, we’ve been waiting a long time for this book. The back of the book jacket is the shit. Bloody bathtub with rudrum spelled on the wall in blood. Looks cool as fuck. I’ll definitely let you know homie.

October 17, 2013
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Its out!?!?? Hell yeah I’m ready for a new book. Gotta check the liburry thanks Slum

October 18, 2013
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Started reading it tonight. Meant to go to bed 2 hours ago. Read a little over 200 pages, THIS BOOK IS THE SHIT

October 18, 2013
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cant wait to get it..im broke as fuck so I asked for this for christmas..

October 18, 2013
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It’s worth the wait so far, it’s better than I expected. I can’t wait till I can go home and read the rest of that shit

October 18, 2013
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I just started reading joyland..its a good book so far..they are supposed to make a movie about it soon..its in production..they are also doing  a prequel to the shining called the overlook hotel which is production too..also if your big on the shining like I am check out room 237 on netflix..very good little documentary style about secret messages and synchronizes of the movie..check out all these king movies coming out soon…im fuckin geeked!!

The Shining
The Overlook Hotel

 

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producers: Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt, Laeta Kalogridis
Production Companies: Mythology Entertainment
Plot:
Prequel to The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. The movie was based on the novel “The Shining,” written by Stephen King and published by Doubleday in 1977.

 

SSN Insight: Glen Mazzara, the Walking Dead showrunner who succeeded another Stephen King disciple, Frank Darabont, on the hit AMC series, is adapting this Shining prequel in the hopes of re-inventing the story for today’s horror loving generation. Given King also recently penned his own sequel to The Shining titled Doctor Sleep, the time seems right to reboot the franchise.

 

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The Ten O’Clock People

 

Writer/Director: Tom Holland
Cast: Chris Evans, Rachel Nichols
Producers:  Nathaniel Kramer, E.J. Meyers
Plot: Based on the short story Ten O’Clock People, written by Stephen King from the book Nightmares and Dreamscapes published by Viking in 1993. When a man tries to kick his smoking habit, his eyes are opened to a new, frightening reality, that people in positions of power are actually inhuman monsters disguised as regular people.

 

SSN Insight: Holland (Child’s Play, Thinner, Fright Night) is no stranger to campy horror, and he’s directed a King adaptation in the past (Thinner), so this feature might be a good fit. Based on his past work, it will likely be more lowbrow than highfalutin, but if Chris Evans winds up as the lead it could find a niche audience on cable and overseas.  Apparently, the project was searching for foreign financing, but no word yet on if it’s moving forward.

 

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The Long Walk

 

Director: Frank Darabont
Producers:  Frank Darabont, Dana Renee Ashmore
Plot: On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race called “The Long Walk.” If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, the consequences are terrifying.

 

SSN Insight: King wrote this series of novels under the pen name Richard Bachman. It has elements of The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies as teenagers fight for survival by any means necessary. Darabont, who is no stranger to King adaptations having directed The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, optioned the rights to King’s short story on his own and plans to make it as a lower budget horror flick one day soon.  He’s been quite busy since leaving AMC’s The Walking Dead on Turner’s TV series Mob City, but we’re hopeful he hasn’t forgotten about this little horror gem.

 

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The Stand

 

Studio: Warner Bros./CBS Films
Director: Scott Cooper
Producers:  Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller
Production Companies: Vertigo Entertainment/ Mosaic
Plot: After a super virus wipes out most of the world’s population, a group of survivors, led by Mother Abigail, face off against another group led by the tyrannical Randall Flagg. Based on King’s 1978 novel.

 

SSN Insight: Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) is a talented filmmaker who’s directorial debut Crazy Heart led to a Best Actor Oscar for star Jeff Bridges. He went from character-driven indie drama to thriller with his upcoming release Out of the Furnace, which stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. He’s a director with range and it would be interesting to see what he could do with a feature version of The Stand.  It would likely have a dark, gritty tone and two great actors could tear up the screen playing the 108-year old Abigail Freemantle and her nemesis Randall Flagg. The book was made into an ABC miniseries in 1994 with Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, and Ruby Dee as Freemantle.

 

Joyland
Joyland

 

Writer/Director: Tate Taylor
Producers: Tate Taylor, John Norris
Production Company: Wyolah Films
Plot: A dying child and a notorious murder change the life of a college student who works at a carnival.

 

SSN Insight: Taylor (The Help) is working on the James Brown project Get On Up, so if Joyland becomes a reality with him at the helm it will be his first stab at a horror feature. Joyland is more of a mystery/thriller, so maybe Taylor’s gift for writing complex characters and coaxing Oscar-worthy performances out of his cast will elevate this one. Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, Divergent) would be great in the lead role of college freshman Devin Jones.

 

 

 

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11/22/63

 

Studio:  Warner Bros. Television
Producer: J.J. Abrams
Production Companies: Bad Robot
Plot: Centers on Jake, an unassuming divorced English teacher, who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963.

 

SSN Insight: One of King’s more recent novels, 11/22/63, was originally published in 2011. Abrams has been looking to expand his Bad Robot brand in television and has plans to conceive the project as either a series or mini-series for cable.  There’s no better material than an original work of Stephen King’s to help establish a new cable series and the teaming of King and J.J. Abrams could potentially be a dream come true.

 

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It/It Part 2

 

Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Producers: Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg
Production Companies: Lin Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, KatzSmith Productions
Plot: Six childhood friends reunite in their small hometown in Maine to once again confront an evil entity they thought they had destroyed 30 years earlier.

 

SSN Insight: Fukunaga made a name for himself with the crime drama Sin Nombre and has since become one of the most sought after directors in studio development circles.  Landing Fukunaga and a trifecta of powerhouse Warner Bros. producers, Dan Lin, Roy Lee and KatzSmith, bode well for this two-part film project getting off the ground. In order to strike gold they’ll have to create one creepy clown to top the one from the 1990 miniseries as there’s a whole generation of kids still haunted by him.

 

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Cell

 

Financier: Benaroya Pictures
Director: Tod “Kip” Williams
Cast: John Cusack
Producers: Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, Shara Kay, Michael Benaroya
Production Companies: Genre Company, Cargo Entertainment, International Film Trust, Benaroya Pictures
Plot: In a single moment, a pulse sent out through cell phones around the world turns every phone user into a crazed, murderous zombie. A graphic artist struggles to reach his wife and son in the aftermath of the devastating pulse transmitted through a mobile phone network.

 

SSN Insight: King is writing this feature script with Last House on the Left writer Adam Alleca, and since Williams helmed Paramount’s hit Paranormal Activity 2, it makes sense that he would be trusted with this one. The project used to have torture-porn guru Eli Roth attached to direct and Dimension Films set to distribute but has since fallen back into the hands of it’s original creator, which promises us a cohesive vision.

 

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The Dark Tower

 

Financier:  Media Rights Capital
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman
Production Companies: Imagine Entertainment, Weed Road Pictures, Media Rights Capital
Plot: The book series follows gunslinger Roland Deschain’s quest for the Dark Tower.

 

SSN Insight: There are few Stephen King projects with a more twisted development saga than Dark Tower.  Universal was all set to make three movies with Ron Howard directing and Javier Bardem starring plus two limited run TV series.  As the ambitious project neared its start date, the studio got nervous about the budget (which was said to be close to $140 million) and committing to all three films plus series’ and pulled the plug.  The filmmakers shopped it to Warner Bros. and were hopeful the studio would share their vision, but they too ended up passing.  Now with a new budget hovering around $95 million, the project has found a new home with MRC, a new cast with Russell Crowe and the same passionate director and producers who are determined to see their vision through. The mix of fantasy, science fiction and Western elements could make for a visually stunning franchise and we’re hopeful an audience gets to experience it soon.

 

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The Breathing Method

 

Producer:  Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson
Production Company: Blumhouse Productions
Plot: Based on King’s story about thirteen men who gather in their gentlemen’s club to hear the story of “The Breathing Method.” They’re forever transfigured by the terrifying story of a woman who was determined to give birth at all costs.

 

SSN Insight: Jason Blum is producing this feature, but has yet to set it up at his home studio, Universal.  Blum’s proven track record of horror hits (Insidious 2, The Purge, and Paranormal Activity), gives The Breathing Method a good chance at becoming a hit. Blum seems to be developing it in-house first, hiring writer Scott Teems to adapt.  Teems’ 2009 indie That Evening Sun, which he wrote and directed, was a small-town drama with Hal Holbrook, Walton Goggins and Mia Wasikowska. The film was well done, but it wasn’t exactly horror. However, Blum knows the genre, so chances are he’s not assigning writers to his projects without good reason.

 

Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary

 

Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producers:  Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Steven Schneider, Mark Vahradian
Production Companies: Di Bonaventura Pictures, ROOM 101, Inc.
Plot: A family discovers their home is next to an ancient Indian cemetery that can bring the dead back to life.

 

SSN Insight: Fun fact: the original Pet Sematary was nominated for a Razzie in 1990 for Worst Original Song (remember the Ramones crooning,  “I don’t wanna be buried/In a pet cemetery”? This time around Paramount seems determined to avoid any Razzie’s.  The project started with a completely different package; that of French torture-porn auteur Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Hills Have Eyes remake), producers Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks and even a whisper of George Clooney to star.  Since then the project has been reconceived with writer Matthew Greenberg (1408, Reign of Fire, Halloween H2O) writing the script and powerhouse producers Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity 2,3,4) on board to guide the project.  Good news sure to come.

 

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Firestarter

 

Studio: Universal
Producers: Martha de Laurentiis, Lorenzo De Maio, Steven Schneider
Production Companies: Dino de Laurentiis Company, ROOM 101, Inc.
Plot: A young girl has the ability to start fires with just a glance.

 

SSN Insight: Smartly so, Universal has plans to remake the original version of this Drew Barrymore tale, but will give it more edge and open the opportunity for a franchise. There’s a lot of potential, but they’ll need to tap into the supernatural elements and nail the casting. Whoever plays the little girl, Charlie McGee should have a stare that causes grown men to shudder. Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, Séance) is writing the script and it would be great to see a child actor do for this what then newcomer Harvey Stephens did for The Omen as Damien, or what Danny Lloyd did as Jack Nicholson’s son in The Shining.

 

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Children of the Corn

 

Studio: Dimension Films
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Producers: Bob Weinstein, Ehren Kruger, Daniel Bobker
Production Company: Bobker/Kruger Films
Plot: A bickering young couple wanders into a Nebraska town where all the adults are apparently dead and the children are in a cult that worships an evil force in the cornfields.

 

SSN Insight: Isaac and Malachai are murderous, evil cult leaders who came to life in the original film adaption and subsequent direct-to-video sequels of Children of the Corn.  Once you’ve seen them in the original they are hard to forget, especially if you were an impressionable child when you first saw the film. For adults, Children of the Corn was a predictable, campy King adaptation, but it found a place in pop culture history so the feature remake should have added brand recognition. Bousman (Saw II, III, IV) has been rumored to be the director and Jon Bokenkamp, who penned 2004’s Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke, and 2000’s The Bad Seed, is writing. If this one is The Bad Seed meets Saw, sign us up.

 

 

October 18, 2013
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Joyland is a really good book too. Not like his normal horror story thats for sure. Pat you got me fucking hyped about this book now. Im broke as fuck too or else id have it. Is it in paperback yet?

October 18, 2013
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I don’t know how I feel about a lot of these. It part 2? Wasn’t the first time they put it to film bad enough? It’s not only one of the worst Stephen King adaptions ever made, it’s one of the worst horror movies ever made. Children of the Corn is a classic to me, I hope that comes out well, and hopefully Pet Semetary will be better also. Never really liked the first one from the 80’s. As a kid I liked it, then as I grew up and read the book all I see know is a bad script with bad actors. Cell has the possibility to be great, as does the 10 o’clock people.

 

I haven’t picked up Joyland yet. Something about it just doesn’t really appeal to me. I know I’ll read it eventually, it just didn’t look awesome when it came out. It just looked kinda generic to me, hopefully I’m wrong. Doctor Sleep is the absolute shit though, so far anyway. You gotta read this shit dude, I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s cool as fuck. 

October 18, 2013
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I didn’t see it in paperback, I doubt it’s out yet. Hardcover just came out. They should put out both at the same time. I’m sure there’s a reason they don’t, I just don’t know what it is.

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im pretty sure is has to do with $$…..I love pet semetary..watched it a few months back again and I think its still a great movie..I hope they do the new one justice same with children of the corn,which I still love.pet semetary 2 is pretty bad though. the first one had herman munster aka Fred Gwynne which was awesome in it..also named my cat church after that movie..but she ran away..sux

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Yeah i was just sitting here reading through those. Id like to see a long walk and cell movie. Cell especially could make for a good movie. i think an updated it could be a good thing if its a rated r movie and not a campy goofy ass network tv mini series. I didnt know about half of this shit being made. I wonder how many movies and shows have been made from his books at this point.

 

 

October 18, 2013
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If I remember, “The Breathing Method” was all about the climax. It would be very, very odd to see it stretched out into anything but a short movie. Its pretty cool though, for what it is.

Intrigued by “The Long Walk” adaptation as well. So long as they keep it raw… I figure if Hunger Games can show some kid violence and fatalities and still be s hit then now is the time.

October 18, 2013
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patjoyce said
I didn’t see it in paperback, I doubt it’s out yet. Hardcover just came out. They should put out both at the same time. I’m sure there’s a reason they don’t, I just don’t know what it is

Id imagine its to maximize the sales of the hard cover which cost more per unit to make.  Im no book expert by any means, but it would make sense to me to hit the break even point with hardcover before saturating the market with cheaper soft cover editions.  Releasing the soft cover at this point will tap markets that would not otherwise be penetrated because of the cost issue of the more detailed hard cover, but would also force people who want a copy as soon as it comes out to buy the hard cover copy instead of having an option to get a cheaper less frills paperback.

 

I could be completely wrong but it makes sense to me.

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Pet Sematary and The Stand are his best work. My opinion of course.

October 18, 2013
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Makes sense OCJ, you’re probably right, I never really thought about it much.

Dood, It and The Shining, my favs. Dark Tower series also the shit, don’t get us started lol

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