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Carrie As A Limited Series?

Posted: December 22, 2019, 00:34
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Collider reports that yet another adaptation of Carrie might be happening. This time as a limited series by FX and MGM and Carrie will probably be played by a trans performer or an actress of color rather that a white woman if the reports are true.

Following a successful partnership on Fargo, FX and MGM Television are developing a limited series based on Stephen King‘s classic horror novel Carrie, Collider has exclusively learned.

Though it’s still very early in the development process and there’s no script yet, sources say that this time around, telekinetic teen Carrie White will likely be played by either a trans performer or an actress of color rather than a cis white woman, as in past adaptations. FX declined to comment, while a representative for MGM TV did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

What are your thoughts on this? Do we need yet another adaptation of Carrie?

2020 Will Be The Year To Shine In The Dark

Posted: December 20, 2019, 23:31
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It’s been a great 2019 for my book Shining in the Dark and I’m very happy to let you know that 2020 will be just as exciting if not more. The one edition I can talk about so far is the Bulgarian audio edition that Storytel will release in February. That one will be followed by two new editions in languages that already excists as well as two edition in totally new languages. I’m sorry I can’t reveal what editions and languages they are but as soon as the publishers are ready I will. I’m very excited and as you can see, so is Marv.

Jerusalem’s Lot As A 10-Episode Series

Posted: December 19, 2019, 22:25
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Joblo reports that Epix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to a drama based on King's short story Jerusalem’s Lot starring Adrien Brody.

Peter Filardi and Jason Filardi will write the series which is set in the 1850s and follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.

Production is set to begin in May 2020 with a planned release in fall 2020.

This series is an intense, absolutely terrifying reimagining of classic gothic horror. We can’t wait to work with the exceptional team of Donald De Line and Jason and Peter Filardi, along with our phenomenal lead actor, Adrien Brody…and of course, when it comes to horror, it doesn’t get any better or more masterful than Stephen King.
- Epix President Michael Wright

Ross Perry To Adapt & Direct The Dark Half

Posted: December 12, 2019, 09:04
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Deadline reports that a new adaptation of The Dark Half is being planed.

MGM has set Alex Ross Perry to adapt and direct The Dark Half, a new adaptation of the 1989 Stephen King bestseller. Perry popped after writing, directing and producing Her Smell, the drama that premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, and for which Elisabeth Moss is Spirit Awards-nominated for her portrayal as a self-destructive rock star.

Perry plans a reinvention of a story first turned into a 1993 MGM film by the late zombie impresario George Romero.

What worries me is the line "Perry plans a reinvention of a story".

Thanks to Anders Jakobson.

Do We Want A Third Shining Film?

Posted: December 11, 2019, 15:20
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Mike Flanagan is interested in doing The Shining 3 that would focus on Abra Stone. Here is what he todl Den Of Geek:

“Absolutely. I would love it. And when I met Stephen King, I asked him, ‘Is there more? Do you have anything else for Abra Stone? Because my God, she’s so great.’ And he left it open. He said that he hadn’t thought about it before, but it was people asking questions like that that made him write Doctor Sleep. He started to really think about Dan.”

What do you think? Is it something you want to see happening?

From A Buick 8 Being Filmed

Posted: December 5, 2019, 20:36
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Deadline reports that Thomas Jane and Courtney Lauren Penn will film From A Buick 8.

Actor Thomas Jane (The Predator) and producer Courtney Lauren Penn (Altitude) are teaming up to form LA-based content company Renegade Entertainment with Stephen King novel adaptation From A Buick 8 their first movie project on the docket.

Renegade, which will develop and produce film, TV, games and immersive content, is partnering with King to adapt and produce his 2002 thriller novel about a car which is a door to another dimension.

Read more here.

Thanks to Rick Urban.

Locke & Key Premiers On Netflix February 2nd

Posted: December 5, 2019, 08:44
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This one I'm really looking forward to. Joe Hill's comic Locke & Key premiers on Netflix February 2nd next year.


After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them.

Listen To Shining In The Dark In Bulgarian

Posted: November 28, 2019, 08:56
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I’m happy to tell you that in early 2020 Storytel in Bulgaria will release Shining in the Dark as an audiobook. No narrators have been selected yet but as soon as I know more, I’ll update you.

I still cherish the warm welcome I got when I was in Sofia, Bulgaria to promote the paperback in January last year and I hope you will all enjoy the audio book as much as the paperback! Personally, I can’t wait to hear the story’s read in Bulgarian even if I won’t understand a word…

This edition makes it a total of 15 different editions of the book, and you can check them all out here.



Dane Dehaan Cast In Lisey's Story

Posted: November 26, 2019, 15:05
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Dane Dehaan has been cast opposite Julianne Moore and Clive Owen in Lisey’s Story. Dehaan will play Jim Dooley, a huge fan of Scott’s (Owen) books who feels strongly about his unpublished work being released to the world.

Lisey’s Story is Apple’s eight-hour limited series written and executive produced by Stephen King, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Marilyn Manson Cover In The Stand

Posted: November 23, 2019, 10:12
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Marilyn Manson has released his cover of the Doors' The End. The cover is a collaboration with Shooter Jennings and the song will be used in the upcoming TV adaptation The Stand, where Manson is also acting in.


The single art is an original work by Manson himself and you can hear the song here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma.

Joan Allen Cast In Lisey’s Story

Posted: November 20, 2019, 21:01
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Joan Allen is set to co-star opposite Julianne Moore and Clive Owen in Lisey’s Story, Apple’s eight-hour limited series written and executive produced by Stephen King, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Allen will play Amanda, the oldest of Lisey’s sisters.

King wrote all episodes and King and Moore Wil be executive producers alongside Bad Robot’s Abrams’ and Ben Stephenson. Pablo Larraín will direct the series.

No release date has been set.


Source: Deadline

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

My Thoughs About Gwendy’s Magic Feather

Posted: November 19, 2019, 00:00
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Here are my thoughs on Gwendy’s Magic Feather.

Chizmar knows his Castle Rock and he knows Gwendy. When we meet her this time she’s all grown up and living in Washington. The Button Box is almost forgotten until it mysteriously appears again, scaring Gwendy more than she thought was possible.

King Goes Pop!

Posted: November 18, 2019, 21:44
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Stephen King is being turned into two different POP! figures. Not sure how I feel about them though. Do they really look like Steve? Isn’t he more of a t-shirt and jeans guy?


My Thoughts About Season 3 Of Mr Mercedes

Posted: November 12, 2019, 14:01
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Here are my thoughs about season 3 of Mr Mercedes.

This leaves us with a season that still has all the characters we do like, Hodges, Holly and Jerome but it’s also a season that feels a bit thin and to compensate for that has been stuffed with padding that really doesn’t bring anything to the table. Season three is OK but not much more.

A Sequel To Doctor Sleep Called Hallorann?

Posted: November 11, 2019, 20:08
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In this article about how Doctor Sleep did at the Box Office there’s also some interesting news, almost hidden.

Warners was so keen on Doctor Sleep that movie studio chief Toby Emmerich had already struck a deal with director Mike Flanagan and his Intrepid Pictures to script a sequel whose working title is Hallorann, drawn from the character who appears in both The Shining and Doctor Sleep.

What do you think? Do we want a sequel to The Shining and Doctor Sleep?

My Thoughs About Doctor Sleep

Posted: November 11, 2019, 14:51
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Here are my thoughts about Doctor Sleep.

Doctor Sleep is a great adaptation to King’s book and followup to Kubrick’s movie. The cast (specially Rebecca) is great as are the flashbacks to the original film. Mike has even thrown in a few nods to The Dark Tower. They are small but they are there if you know what you’re looking for.

Gwendy's Button Box; A Trilogy

Posted: October 30, 2019, 15:31
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Looks like the story of Gwendy will be a trilogy. The first book was a collaboration between King and Richard Chizmar, the second is written by Chizmar who tweeted the following about the third book:

Nope, I don't know when the third volume will be pulbished; it's not written yet. I also don't know if Steve and I will be co-writing. Depends on our schedules.

Ep 104: The Avester!!! - The Institute Review & More

Posted: October 23, 2019, 09:16
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Welcome to the Stephen King Podcast - Constant and New Listeners!

Join your host - longtime Constant Reader - writer/podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 104 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Returning guest - Bryant Burnette - joins me this episode to review King's latest book - The Institute as well as to engage in a water cooler chat about the latest King news.

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Shining In The Dark Now Out In Trade Paperback!

Posted: October 22, 2019, 11:07
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Today is the release day for the US trade paperback of Shining in the Dark. An edition I’m very proud of. You should be able to find it in any bookstore you usually get your books from as well as online, like Amazon.com.

I would also like to ask a favor of you. If you see it in the stores. Please take a photo of it on the shelf or in a selfie with yourself and send to me.

I hope you will all enjoy the book and its stories.

King’s Mansion To Become Writers Retreat & Archive

Posted: October 18, 2019, 12:58
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The King family is about to move. Their iconic red mansion in Bangor will instead in the future be the home of the extensive archive of manuscripts, articles, photographs, notes, video and audio recordings and other writings from throughout King’s nearly 50-year career.

The house (and the house next door, also owned by the King family) would also become a retreat for writers, who would be allowed to stay in the house while they work on various projects. The offices of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, their charitable nonprofit organizations would also move in.

This should not be misstaken for a museum though. The houses won’t be open to the public and you would, just like when the collection was located at The University of Maine, need permission to do research on King’s unpublished stuff as well as to stay there and write.


Bangor council vote lets Stephen and Tabitha King
move ahead with archive and writers’ retreat


The Bangor City Council on Wednesday night unanimously approved a zoning change for the two homes on West Broadway owned by Stephen and Tabitha King that will pave the way for the properties to house King’s extensive archive and serve as a writers’ retreat.

The Kings requested a zone change last month, with plans to change both their iconic red mansion and the white house next door from their former residential zoning to a type of zone that would allow a nonprofit organization.

At the meeting on Wednesday, the council approved the zone change in an 8-0 vote.

“Everything that the Kings have given this city and the area is absolutely priceless, and to see them to continue to have a tie here with the properties that are on West Broadway and not sell them them or divest themselves of those ties to Bangor is, I think, very admirable,” said Councilor Gibran Graham.

The zone change will allow the Kings to turn their red mansion with its wrought iron gate at 47 West Broadway, as well as the adjacent house the Kings own at 39 West Broadway, into a permanent home for King’s extensive archive of manuscripts, articles, photographs, notes, video and audio recordings and other writings from throughout his nearly 50-year career.

It would also include a retreat for writers, who would be allowed to stay in the house while they work on various projects, and it would house the offices for the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, their charitable nonprofit organization. The foundation offices are currently located on Outer Hammond Street in Bangor.

Councilor Laura Supica said she believed the new archive and retreat would add a great deal to the city’s cultural landscape.

“For an artist to be able to go somewhere and have a retreat to make their art is very important,” said Supica. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Stephen King, it’s that being able to lock yourself in a room and write can produce some great art.”

Stephen Brough, a Bangor resident currently running for City Council, disagreed with the zone change, stating that putting the homes into the hands of a non-profit would take them off the city’s tax rolls, a move he did not think would be in the city’s best interest.

Councilor Cary Weston noted that regardless of whether or not the zone change went through, the Kings would be free at any time to sell their homes to their non-profit, which would still remove them from the tax roles.

The Kings owe $29,656 in property taxes this year on their home at 47 West Broadway, which has an
assessed value of nearly $1.3 million. They owe $23,101 on their property at 39 West Broadway, whose assessed value is just over $1 million.

Article from Bangor Daily News October 17, 2019.