Narrators of Just After Sunset

Posted: September 12, 2008, 18:52
Here are the narrators of the stories in the audio edition of Just After Sunset:

- Stephen King (reading "Harvey's Dream")

- Jill Eikenberry (reading "Graduation Afternoon" and "The New York Times at Special Discount Rates")

- Holter Graham (reading "Willa," "The Cat from Hell" and excerpts of "N.")

- George Guidall (reading "Ayana")

- Ron McLarty (reading "A Very Tight Place" and "Stationary Bike," previously recorded)

- Denis O'Hare (reading "Rest Stop" and the title character for "N.")

- Ben Shenkman (reading "The Things They Left Behind" and the character Johnny for "N.")

- Skipp Sudduth (reading "Mute")

- Mare Winningham (reading "The Gingerbread Girl," previously recorded)

- Karen Ziemba (reading the character Sheila for "N.")

Thanks to Bev Vincent

King on N.

Posted: September 12, 2008, 00:17
Here is an interview with King about N.

The Gunslinger for a lot of $

Posted: September 12, 2008, 00:16
Here you can get the movie poster for The Dark Tower that was in The Mist. All you have to do it put up $75,000.

Thanks to Ari

Masters of Horror

Posted: September 11, 2008, 12:47
I have just worked my way through season 2 of Master of Horror (Mick Garris TV project) and if you're interested you can read my thoughts about it here. Oh, and I got it in a very nice skull version that you should definitely check out.

Comic mania...

Posted: September 9, 2008, 20:37
_ here. Tomorrow the first issues of both Captain Trips and Treachery is released but if you want you can check out what I think about them today.


Captain Trips

Midnight Openings for Captain Trips and Treachery

Posted: September 9, 2008, 09:13
Don’t miss the midnight openings on September 10th. Mike Perkins (artist for The Stand: Captain Trips) and Peter David (writer for Treachery) for The Stand: Captain Trips, will be doing several signings. For more information about the events, visit this link.

More corn casting

Posted: September 8, 2008, 13:15
Bloody Disgusting reports that Daniel Newman has been casted as Malachai in the remake of Childern of the Corn.

It has also been decided that Childern of the Corn won’t be filmed in Tipton and Wilton as the two cities looked “too large and too prosperous”. Read more here.

Thanks to Al Mattice and Bill Smith.

King interviews King

Posted: September 5, 2008, 13:14
Here is a self-interview done by King, with King.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

German sunset

Posted: September 5, 2008, 13:13
Here is the cover for the German edition of Just After Sunset. It's title is Sunset and it will be out in mid November.

The Illustrated Stephen King MOVIE Trivia Book

Posted: September 2, 2008, 20:56
Here are some info about the upcoming The Illustrated Stephen King MOVIE Trivia Book:

Now that summer is winding down, we've listed the next batch of movies on the website... and we're getting into "sequel" territory for a while!

We're going to be giving additional prizes in surprise categories... for
example, we might give a prize to the person who submitted the most questions... or we might give a prize to the person who submitted questions for the most movies (even if he or she only submitted one question for each movie)! We can't say just yet what categories we'll be giving away these bonus prizes in, but the more you submit, the better your chances of winning something cool and free!

Glenn Chadbourne has been working all summer on the artwork for this project, and we're pleased to be able to show you the world's first look at two of the dozens and dozens of illustrations! Go to this secret page on the website to check them out:

There will be more to come in the near future, including the beautiful color cover, so please sign-up for the Stephen King Trivia mailing list for updates! You can do so on the website at:

€ A Return To 'Salem's Lot
€ Pet Sematary 2
€ Children Of The Corn 2 - The Final Sacrifice
€ Children Of The Corn 3 - Urban Harvest
€ The Lawnmower Man 2 - Beyond Cyberspace

You can submit your questions and answers for these movies via the form on the website:

Don't forget: you can submit questions each and every week, and every question you submit increases your odds of winning free books! So even if you just have one good question about just one of the movies each week, you should definitely send it in!

Lindelof talks Dark Tower

Posted: September 2, 2008, 20:52
Damon Lindelof talks about The Dark Tower:

Q: Have there been any developments with your rumored adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series?

A: The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we've got seven books we're looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.

Thanks to Louis Sytsma

Description of Just After Sunset

Posted: August 29, 2008, 20:27
Here is a description of Just After Sunset:

Just After Sunset
Stephen King. Scribner, $28 (384p) ISBN 978-1-4165-8408-7
In the introduction to his first collection of short fiction since Everything’s Eventual (2002), King credits editing Best American Short Stories (2007) with reigniting his interest in the short form and inducing some of this volume’s contents. Most of these 13 tales show him at the top of his game, molding the themes and set pieces of horror and suspense fiction into richly nuanced blends of fantasy and psychological realism. “The Things They Left Behind,” a powerful study of survivor guilt, is one of several supernatural disaster stories that evoke the horrors of 9/11. Like the crime thrillers “The Gingerbread Girl” and “A Very Tight Place,” both of which feature protagonists struggling with apparently insuperable threats to life, it is laced with moving ruminations on mortality that King attributes to his own well-publicized near-death experience. Even the smattering of genre-oriented works shows King trying out provocative new vehicles for his trademark thrills, notably “N.,” a creepy character study of an obsessive-compulsive that subtly blossoms into a tale of cosmic terror in the tradition of Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft. Culled almost entirely from leading mainstream periodicals, these stories are a testament to the literary merits of the well-told macabre tale. (Nov.)

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Two more and an interview

Posted: August 26, 2008, 23:24
Here is an interview with Mike Perkins as well as two more pages from the first issue of The Stand.

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Here is the order in which I think they should be:

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More previews

Posted: August 26, 2008, 13:56
Here are two new previews from the first issue of The Stand.

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New Treachery covers

Posted: August 22, 2008, 00:11
Here are some new covers for Treachery. The one to the left is the sketch version of issue #1 and the right one is the regular one for issue #3.

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More Children of the Corn

Posted: August 21, 2008, 15:51
Here is even more Children of the Corn news:

TIPTON, Iowa — It won’t be as big as RAGBRAI, but Tipton is expecting closed streets and an influx of people and vehicles as it becomes one of two small towns chosen for filming scenes for the feature film, “Children of the Corn.”

The remake of a 1983 horror movie based on a Stephen King story will be filmed in the Quad-City area from Sept. 3 to 30.

Douglas Miller of Motion Pictures Midwest told the Tipton City Council that the director of photography and members of the art department will visit Tipton this week to make decisions concerning the scenes that will be shot there.

Tipton and Wilton will be used to represent the fictional town of Gatlin, Neb. Tipton’s downtown area, especially near the Hardacre Theatre on East 5th Street, is to be featured.

Travis Alden, community development director for Tipton, is excited Tipton was chosen for the movie scenes.

“In my opinion, this is perfect timing as we are fresh off of our RAGBRAI success and the logistics planning required for that will be helpful with this project,” he said.

Donald Borchers is writer, director and producer of the remake. He was a producer of the 1983 version, which was made in Sioux City.

If anyone happens to be on scene and has photos, please send them to me and I'll post them here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Corn casting news

Posted: August 21, 2008, 09:35
More news about the upcoming Children of the Corn remake:

Bloody-Disgusting learned exclusively today that David Anders ("Heroes", Left in Darkness) and Kandyse McClure ("Battlestar Galactica", "Reaper") are the first to be cast in Anchor Bay and Starz Entertainment's made-for-TV remake of Children of the Corn, which will have it's premiere on the Sci-Fi Channel next year. Original producer Donald P. Borchers will be directing from his own screenplay. Former Vietnam vet BURT's marriage to VICKY is on the rocks, but Burt hopes to rekindle their old flame with a second honeymoon driving trip. Unfortunately, their journey takes them into the heart of darkness -- a seemingly deserted rural community that conceals a grim secret among its rows of tall corn... Shooting begins September 3rd in Davenport, Iowa.

Thanks to Al Mattice

Fantasy & Science Fiction cover

Posted: August 19, 2008, 00:18
Here is the cover for Fantasy & Science Fiction with King's new story The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates in it. It's being released on August 30 but you can read my review of it here now.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Casting call

Posted: August 18, 2008, 14:18
Here you’ll find a clip from the casting call of Children of the Corn.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Update on Little Sisters of Eluria

Posted: August 16, 2008, 00:15
Here is an update from Donald Grant:

THE LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA (which includes the revised
edition of THE GUNSLINGER) has been sent to the printer
and is being proofed (yet again).There will be a traycased and a
slipcased edition.

The book is illustrated by Michael Whelan and will contain
new art as well as the art originally published in the first edition

Price, release date and other details will be posted on our web-
site and published in our newsletter. We expect that this will be
announced in four to six weeks.

We are not taking advance orders, reservations or putting peo-
ple on a waiting list.

Please do not call or email us for further details as we will just
refer you to our web site and suggest you remain subscribed to
our email newsletter.

Latest on Children of the Corn

Posted: August 13, 2008, 23:58
The new Children of the Corn is rolling soon.

Iowa’s Quad-City Times reports that a remake of 1984’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN will be rolling on locations in the state next month. Written, produced and directed by Donald P. Borchers, one of the producers on the original movie (pictured), this CHILDREN will air Stateside on the Sci Fi Channel in 2009 and will play theatrically in Europe. Borchers tells the site that this adaptation of the Stephen King story will eschew the alterations that displeased both the author and his fans. “They put a lot of sugar, if you will, into the coffee,” he says. “Stephen King doesn’t take his coffee with sugar…it’s no longer requisite to have a happy ending. We wanted to stay faithful to the decisions in his original story.

“We are still scouting throughout the Quad-Cities and the countryside beyond, obviously, since it’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN,” Borchers says of his decision to lens in Iowa, where the ’84 film also shot. “My needs are quite simple. I need corn, and I understand you have that throughout the state.” Casting has not been finalized, though Borchers says, “I have a lot of interest of people wanting to be in it.”

Thanks to Al Mattice

Just After Sunset info

Posted: August 7, 2008, 23:14
According to Galley’s of Just After Sunset the book will have an intro by King that is four pages long and also notes, called Sunset Notes that runs 7 pages and looks quite a lot like the notes in Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

The covers for The Stand

Posted: August 6, 2008, 23:08
Here are all the three different covers for the first issue of The Stand. From left to right, standard cover, sketch cover and variant cover.

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Stand trailer

Posted: August 4, 2008, 23:46
A trailer for the upcoming The Stand comic is now out. Check it out here.

Treachery preview

Posted: August 1, 2008, 20:44
Today I got a mail from Marvel with the following interesting stuff attachec.

The cover is the Dell’Otto variant version for issue #1 of Treachery .

Here are the first three pages from issue #1:

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And here is the press release:

The critically-acclaimed comic book series, inspired by Stephen King’s seminal Dark Tower, returns with the follow up to this year’s national best selling sequel with Dark Tower: Treachery #1 (of 6). After every best-selling issue of the fan-favorite Dark Tower: The Long Road Home, the all-star team of writers Robin Furth & Peter David, artists Jae Lee & Richard Isanove, joined by special guest variant cover artist Gabriele Dell’Otto, present Roland Deschain and his ka-tet after they’ve safely returned back to Gilead. However, all is not well on the homeward front. Roland has held onto the evil Maerlyn’s Graprefruit and grown obsessed with gazing into its pinkish depths regardless of the negative effects it has taken on his body. And what the young gunslinger sees brings may be more frightening than the darkest of nightmares! Meanwhile, Roland’s father and a posse are hunting down John Farson and the Big Coffin Hunters after they threatened the life of his son. And when he finally finds them, all may not go as well as expected.

To celebrate the release, Dark Tower: Treachery #1 goes on sale at 12:01 am, September 10th, at participating comic stores around the nation. Plus, Marvel is proud to announce they will be releasing a special top-secret gatefold midnight variant which is bound to please all Dark Tower fans.

Don’t dare to miss the series that everyone’s anticipating and never fails to wow the critics!

“The Dark Tower is some of Marvel's best work…They're delivering the next chapter in September. As the comics continue to venture farther out of King's original realm, my excitement continues to grow.” –Jesse Schedeen of

“Jae Lee's haunting artwork and Stephen King's crumbling, dusty postapocalyptic world make for a powerful experience” – E.A. Solinas of

“The scripting by David is very strong, with a great sense of character…The artwork by Lee and Isanove remains spectacular as always…I'm really looking forward to the next announced Dark Tower series, to see what comes next in this gripping and thrilling tale.” – Adam Chapman of

It’s the next exciting chapter in the Dark Tower epic and no comic fan can afford to miss Dark Tower: Treachery #1 (of 6)! And be sure to check out Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Premiere HC, collecting the best-selling, critically acclaimed Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1-7, in stores now!

Get N. here

Posted: August 1, 2008, 10:00
Get your daily dose of N. here. Every weekday until August 29 a new episode will be released.

Casting sheets for children

Posted: August 1, 2008, 09:57
Here is a part of a casting sheets for the Sci-Fi original production Children of the Corn:

AGE: 9 YEARS OLD. The leader of the Children of the Corn, this youngster is a smug, self-possessed, lethally self-righteous "little minister," maddened by power at a tender age. The so-called "prophet" who dictates the law in his secret community of religiously fanatical children, he bases his "theology" on bloody principles of sacrifice and sexuality. Proclaiming all adults "evil," Isaac allows his appointed "army" of youths to have their pick of the sect's females -- right up until the time that they become adults. Then, they, too, must be sacrificed to appease He Who Walks Behind the Rows, the quite possibly demonic entity who inhabits the cornfields that surround their community. When Vicky and Burt invade their sanctified, blood-soaked territory, Isaac orders them hunted down and sacrificed -- but learns that Burt is not the easy target he had anticipated...LEAD (23)

AGE: 17-18 YEARS OLD. Preference for either football-player sized child or extraordinarily unique appearances. --- Isaac's right-hand man, this 18 year old youth heads the "army" of teens, armed with rude farm implements, that keeps order, insuring that Isaac's will is done. Convinced that Isaac is a prophet of the true God, Malachai willingly does his leader's bidding, however bloody. However, when Burt escapes his clutches, Malachai becomes Isaac's scapegoat, doomed before his time. Trying his best to keep his faith intact and his courage high, Malachai bids his pregnant girlfriend farewell and walks out to meet He Who Walks Behind the Rows -- a meeting from which no one has ever returned...LEAD (20)

The enitre thing can be read here.

Thanks to Rocky Wood.

10 year anniversary

Posted: July 27, 2008, 21:25
Bag of Bones is being released in a special 10 year anniversary trade paperback:

This special, low-priced 10th-anniversary trade paperback edition of Bag of Bones, features bonus text from Stephen King and is only available for fall 2008. It's his most gripping and unforgettable novel--a No. 1 bestseller around the world and to this day Scribner's bestselling King title--a tale of grief, of love's enduring bonds, and of haunting secrets of the past. The anniversary edition includes a Q&A with King where he talks about ghosts, secrets, and being alive

It’s being released on October 21 and you can pre-order your copy here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

The Pop of King:

Posted: July 27, 2008, 00:19
King has a new column Stephen King's Guide to Movie Snacks out and you can read it here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

All you need to know about N.

Posted: July 25, 2008, 20:15
Here is everything you need to know about N.:

When can I watch?
The first episode will be available Monday, July 28th, 2008 with a new one released EACH weekday until August 29th. Blocks of five episodes will be released on iTunes each Monday until August 25th.

How do I watch a preview of the first episode?
Just provide your name and email address and you can watch the first episode now on, before it is officially released.

How long is the series?
There are 25 episodes in total, with each episode running around 2 minutes.

Is “N.” an original video production?
Yes. The video series is based on King’s only previously unpublished short story from his forthcoming collection “Just After Sunset” (11/11/08), but it’s an original comic-style book adaptation specifically developed and produced for viewing on small screens. The episodes are presented in a highly designed “pan and scan” format, complete with comic book style graphics, an original score, sound effects, and a full cast of voiceovers that includes Emmy and Golden Globe award nominee actor Ben Shenkman.

Will “N.” ever be released as a comic book?
Yes. Stephen King and Marvel will be releasing a comic book miniseries based on “N.” in early 2009.

How can I get it?
You can watch “N.” online, on your mobile phone or download it at iTunes. Episodes will be made available simultaneously across the web and on mobile phones each weekday starting on July 28th.

Who's in it?
“N”: Jeff Perry
Johnny: Ben Shenkman
Sheila: Karen Ziemba
Charlie: Holter Graham

Can I read the press release?
Yes, you can read it here.

N. as an animated story

Posted: July 25, 2008, 13:27
King's story N. is being turned into a 25 episodes animated film. You can find out more about it on King's official site.

Here is N. official site and here is an article about it:

In his new short-story collection, "Just After Sunset," Stephen King delivers his usual spooky tales. But to promote the book, he's come up with something unexpected: a video series based on one of the stories.

In a promotion expected to be announced Friday at Comic-Con, the big comic-book convention in San Diego, a previously unpublished story by Mr. King has been transformed by Marvel Comics into an animated video. The 25 episodes will be distributed in a variety of online and mobile channels ahead of the book's publication Nov. 11. Starting Monday, new episodes will be released daily, five times a week, through Aug. 29.

The willingness of Mr. King and publisher Scribner, an imprint of CBS Corp.'s Simon & Schuster book-publishing arm, to remix the story, "N.," into bite-size video vignettes underscores how eager publishers are to come up with new marketing techniques at a time when book sales are flat or slumping. Five years ago, Mr. King's publisher might have taken the creepy short story and offered it to a literary publication like "The New Yorker" in expectation that a first serial sale would create interest in "Just After Sunset." The story focuses on an unlucky psychiatrist whose latest patient is "infectious."

Scribner and Mr. King are betting that a digital adaptation designed for those with short attentions spans will be more productive. They're trying an increasingly common marketing technique. Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. film studio recently released a new online cartoon series to promote its new Batman film "The Dark Knight."

Beginning Monday, Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store will sell a pass for all 25 two-minute episodes based on Mr. King's 54-page story for $3.99. Inc. will sell the series too, at the same price.

Video episodes will also be available free on Monday for subscribers of various cellphone services and on the Web, on sites including In a nod to the everything-should-be-free crowd, fans can snag the video player online, and post the episodes on their own blogs or on social-networking sites.

To lure those who see the video into buying the book, at the end of each episode viewers will be directed to a Web site,, where they can pre-order "Just After Sunset" from a variety of online retailers.

For Scribner, the venture is a shot in the dark. There's no way of forecasting how well the videos will translate into book sales. While Scribner's corporate sibling, CBS Mobile, cites Nielsen data showing that roughly 14 million cellphone users in the U.S. pay for video services, it doesn't know how many of those people are regular book buyers. However, the links from the videos to the pre-ordering Web site will allow Scribner to get a sense of how many sales result from video viewings.

Mr. King is optimistic about the video's prospects. "I think they're readers," he says of likely video viewers. But he admits that the venture is "something of a test" whose outcome isn't certain.

The veteran thriller writer likens the effort to the bumpy experience of the first electronic books. "The first soldiers out of the trench are always machine-gunned. But somebody has to go first, and I'm curious about this. You try these things and see what happens."

Scribner publisher Susan Moldow says the imprint expects to attract a younger generation of readers. "Once they try Stephen King, they'll want more," she says. Scribner won't disclose its investment in the promotion. There will be a Scribner edition priced at $37.50 that includes a DVD of all 25 video episodes in addition to the traditional $28 standalone book.

Mr. King has long been interested in digital technology and its potential for attracting new readers. Back in 2000, the author and his publisher successfully released the novella "Riding the Bullet" solely on the Web. The work, free on some sites and $2.50 elsewhere, attracted a total of 400,000 downloads in the first 24 hours.

Not all his digital experiments have worked. Also in 2000, Mr. King posted six chapters of a budding novel, "The Plant," on his Web site,, asking readers to pay $2 for each chapter. But eventually Mr. King suspended publication.

Now Mr. King is trying again, this time with the help of Marvel Entertainment Inc.'s Marvel Comics. He teamed with Marvel in 2006, when the two launched a comic-book series based on "The Dark Tower" -- a series of seven related novels that Mr. King wrote over a 22-year period. Marvel is also working on a 30-issue comic-book adaptation of Mr. King's classic apocalyptic novel "The Stand" that will go on sale in 2009.

Marvel created the video episodes of "N." specifically for small screens, with tighter camera shots and slower movements. "This isn't about reading a comic book on a tiny screen," says Ruwan Jayatilleke, Marvel Entertainment's senior vice president.

Source, including a clip from N.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

The Stand preview

Posted: July 24, 2008, 23:58
Here is a preview of the first three pages of the first issue of The Stand.

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And here is an interview with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, writer for The Stand.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

Perkins interview

Posted: July 24, 2008, 00:26
Here is an interview with The Stand artist Mike Perkins

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

Cover of issue #2

Posted: July 23, 2008, 13:52
Here is the cover of issue #2 of Treachery as well as the description of issue 1 and 2.

Issue #1
The ka-tet of Roland, Alain and Cuthbert have returned safely to their home in Gilead. But all is not well. Roland has kept the evil Maerlyn’s Grapefruit and has become obsessed with peering into its pinkish depths despite the deadly toll it’s taken on his health. And what the young gunslinger sees brings him the darkest of nightmares. Meanwhile, Roland’s father has led a posse in search of those who threatened his son’s life in Hambry—John Farson and the Big Coffin Hunters. And in this encounter, Stephen Deschain’s life may be forfeit.

Issue #2
With the battle between the evil John Farson's Big Coffin Hunters and Steven Deschain and his gunslingers finally over, the true death toll is revealed. Will Roland's father be among the dead? Meanwhile, in Gilead, as Roland suffers from the after-effects of his multiple encounters with Maerlyn's Grapefruit, his ka-tet desperately requires his presence at the all-important coming-of-age feast the next night, or the consequences will be dire. Worse still, Cort, the gunslingers' mentor, has chosen his niece, Aileen, to become the betrothed of young Roland…and Cort rarely takes no for an answer.

The Stand illustrations

Posted: July 22, 2008, 15:33
Ain't it Cool gave us this images from The Stand today. The right one is the cover for issue #2.

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Thanks to Anders Jakobson

Stephen King Goes to the Movies cover

Posted: July 17, 2008, 22:43
Here is the cover to Stephen King Goes to the Movies and a description of the book from The Fire Wire:

Here is the cover for the upcoming book, “Stephen King Goes to the Movies” which is scheduled to be released on January 27th, 2009. The #1 bestselling author reflects on the filming of five of his most popular short stories. Those movies are The Shawshank Redemption, 1408, Children of the Corn, The Mangler, and Hearts in Atlantis. The 400 page paperback book includes an introduction, his personal commentary, and behind-the-scenes insights by Stephen King.

Thanks to Larry Fire

More Children of the Corn

Posted: July 17, 2008, 22:41
Looks like a new Children of the Corn is on it’s way. This news is from Bloody Disgusting:

We broke the news back in June that Producer Donald P. Borchers would be writing and directing his own remake of Children of the Corn for the Sci-Fi Channel and Anchor Bay Entertainment, only that's just the beginning. We learned today that Dimension Films still owns the rights to the Stephen King story and has every intention of adapting it once again for the big screen! No word yet on who will tackle the project, but this could be cool if they do it right. More news as it comes in.

Thanks to everyone who sent me this news.

The Talisman demo

Posted: July 17, 2008, 22:36
Here is a short film based on The Talisman made by Canadian director Mathieu Ratthe. Maybe this one can get some attention so that this movie eventually be made.

SlashFilm came across an impressive demo reel created by Canadian director Mathieu Ratthe who took it upon himself to write, direct and produce a 6:30 minute demo reel based on the opening chapter of "The Talisman" written by Stephen King and Peter Straub. The rights to the film adaptation have been held by Stephen Spielberg for what seems like forever with directors such as Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) and Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) dropping off the project in the past. In 2006 TNT announced the book would be turned into an epic, six-hour adaptation of the story with Ehren Kruger (The Skeleton Key, The Ring) adapting the story. Word was that the adaptation would hit television screens in summer of 2008, but I can only assume if that was actually the case that the writers' strike put a huge kink in the works.
So, this leaves everything in limbo as far as I know, but with Ratthe's short, which actually runs only 4 minutes before the 2:30 minute credit sequence, some eyes may once again open.

He managed to get Cameron Bright (X-Men 3, Birth, Godsend) to star as Jack Sawyer, a boy who goes on a quest through this world and through a parallel world known as The Territories, experiencing both good and evil in each. His goal is to obtain a mysterious talisman that will save his dying mother's life, as well as the life of her twinner, the Queen of The Territories.

Check it out here.

Thanks to everyone who sent me this news.

Samuel L. Jackson in a new King movie?

Posted: July 3, 2008, 00:37
In an interview with Cemetery Dance Richard Chizmar and Johnathon Schaech revealed the following:

CEMETERY DANCE: You're also involved in several Stephen King projects. Can you update us on their progress?

CHIZMAR/SCHAECH: We have been working on FROM A BUICK 8 for so long and are finally so close to a "go" that we are afraid to talk too much about it and jinx it. What we can say is that we are currently working on one final rewrite for director Tobe Hooper and producer Mick Garris and the good folks at Amicus (producers of the recent STUCK and forthcoming IT'S ALIVE remake). Once the rewrite is completed, they are prepared to go right into pre-production with plans to film on the East Coast.

We also adapted BLACK HOUSE for Akiva Goldsman (A BEAUTIFUL MIND, I AM LEGEND, CINDARELLA MAN) and his Weed Road production company. As opposed to BUICK, where we are writers and producers, we are only writers on BLACK HOUSE, so we are just along for the ride. Hopefully, something will happen soon.

Finally, there is a third King adaptation we are working on with Samuel L. Jackson...but we can't say much about this for another couple months.

From a Buick 8 moving along

Posted: July 3, 2008, 00:33
Here are some info about the movie version of From a Buick 8:

CHIZMAR/SCHAECH: We have been working on FROM A BUICK 8 for so long and are finally so close to a "go" that we are afraid to talk too much about it and jinx it. What we can say is that we are currently working on one final rewrite for director Tobe Hooper and producer Mick Garris and the good folks at Amicus (producers of the recent STUCK and forthcoming IT'S ALIVE remake). Once the rewrite is completed, they are prepared to go right into pre-production with plans to film on the East Coast.

Under the Dome will be long

Posted: July 3, 2008, 00:24
According to King's MB moderator, the manuscript for Under the Dome is currently 1100 pages and may reach 1800 pages before he's finished.

And since the final three books in The Dark Tower series were 2500 pages in total in manuscript this is going to be a long book.

Thanks to Bev Vincent