Stephen and Tabitha King donates

Posted: July 10, 2002, 00:00
Authors donate $1.1M for pool

BANGOR — On a steamy Monday afternoon, 6-year-old Keely Shorette and her visiting cousins piled out of the family car in hopes of escaping the heat at the city’s crowded west-side pool.

Across town, the city’s most famous literary couple offered a cool idea of their own.

Flanked by city officials in an air-conditioned City Hall on Monday afternoon, authors Stephen and Tabitha King announced they will donate $1.1 million to help build a new public pool more than three times the size of the current pool at Hayford Park.

It was a walk down Union Street on a steamy afternoon that convinced the couple a new facility was in order.

“All we saw was a lot of heads bobbing up and down,” said Stephen King of the scene at the popular swimming pool that serves hundreds of children on a typical summer day. “We thought maybe there was something we could do to remedy that situation.”

The new pool, expected to be completed by next spring, will be 12,000 square feet with a children’s area, a general swim area and four-lane lap and exercise pool. A separate pool will be constructed with water slides.

The current facility, which will be closed upon the completion of the new facility, is about 3,700 square feet.

Upon hearing the news of the larger pool, a squealing Keely Shorette jumped up and down as her two cousins, visiting from North Carolina, made a beeline across the parking lot to the already bustling pool.

“Fun! Fun! Fun!” she squealed.

At the Kings’ request, the new pool will be named in honor of Beth Pancoe, a Bangor High School graduate who died of leukemia in 1999.

Pancoe’s father, Michael Pancoe, held up an 8-by-10-inch portrait of his daughter, once a diver on the Bangor High School swim team who died during her sophomore year at Northwestern University.

“It was kind of her turf,” said Pancoe, a Bangor radiologist, of the park behind the family’s former home on West Broadway, where the Kings also reside. “This is a very magnanimous thing to do.”

Construction could begin this fall, said city officials, who praised the Kings’ latest gift.

“It is another example of the continuing commitment of Stephen and Tabitha King to support their community and to invest directly in our young citizens,” Bangor Mayor Michael Crowley said.

Over the years, the Kings have donated millions of dollars to various causes and projects in and around the city, including the Maine Discovery Museum, the Bangor Public Library and Cyr Family Field House at the Orono-Old Town YMCA.

The couple’s latest gift will pay for most of the $1.5 million project, with the rest coming from the city’s undesignated fund balance and possibly a $150,000 bond tentatively slated to repair the existing pool, according to city officials.

The new pool will be located down the hill from the existing facility, which will be removed and replaced with a picnic area, according to city officials.

The new complex will be located next to the Hayford Park playground just beyond the left-field fence at Mansfield Stadium, yet another gift from the Kings.

King and Ramones

Posted: June 25, 2002, 00:00
Rob Zombie, co producer of "We're a Happy Family," a tribute album for the Ramones, said that horror novelist/Ramones fan Stephen King has agreed to write the liner notes for the album, which will be released on September 17. Contributors to the album include: Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, U2, Garbage and Kiss. Full story:

King #14

Posted: June 25, 2002, 00:00
Stephen King ended up at number 14 (after scaring up $52.4 million in earnings) on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful celebrities.

1st ed.

Posted: June 7, 2002, 00:00
Finally there is a guide for all of you out there that wants to know how to spot a 1st ed. of King's books. Bev Vincent has put together a great list and you can now find it on King's official site.

The Shining finally released on DVD

Posted: June 6, 2002, 00:00
BIG NEWS!!! It has now been confirmed! King's miniseries version of The Shining is finally going to be released on DVD. King has done a commentary and the DVD will be through Warner Home Video. The DVD will also have interviews with Mick Garris, Steven Weber, and others. It is scheduled for either the end of this year or more likely early 2003. On Halloween 2002. Warner will also release the DVD versions of IT and Cat's Eye.

Strawberry Spring

Posted: May 8, 2002, 00:00
As reported earlier the short film Strawberry Spring will be shown at the International Cinematographers Guild 6th Annual Film Showcase. Screenings will take place in Loa Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Miami, San Francisco, Dallas and at the Cannes International Film Festival. You can read my review of the movie here and see productions stills here.

Interview with Peter Straub

Posted: May 6, 2002, 23:03
Here is a recent interview with Peter Straub from in which he talks about the future for The Talisman on the big screen.

There's been talk of turning The Talisman into a miniseries over the years. Any progress?

Straub: I have some very interesting news about that.

The Talisman was bought by Universal as a vehicle for Steven Spielberg. Universal bought it because Spielberg told them to. In 1984, Spielberg had tremendous clout. So they bought, gave it to him and he lost interest. It was no longer the sort of thing he felt he wanted to do. He wanted to do more mainstream, more worthy projects. It vanished.

The miniseries idea was floated. Spielberg liked the idea of having a miniseries. He had people in mind to direct it. It went through various revisions and that died.

Five or six years later, Kathleen Kennedy and Spielberg were back to being partners, decided once again to do it as a miniseries for ABC. That sounded like it would work (Mick Garris had written a screenplay and had planned to direct the project). They had a very good script and that died.

Now there's a friend of mine, who is a very, very good writer. I won't name him. But he told me he got a call from his agent, who asked if he would be interested in doing a screenplay for a movie of The Talisman. My friend said, "Who would direct it?" And his agent said, "Spielberg." My friend said, "Yeah, I'd like to give that a crack." Who knows, it might happen. I would be very, very pleased to see that particular combination.


The Talisman was re-released shortly before Black House. Both novels ended up on the best-seller list at the same time. Were you surprised that there is still a lot of interest for The Talisman?

Straub: It was very gratifying to see that. Random House was especially gratified because they had sold a lot more copies of the new version of The Talisman then they had expected to, both in hardback and paperback. It was warming and rewarding the book would get a whole new audience all over again. I don't think that happens very much.

I had very mixed feelings about The Talisman for a long time. But when I read it in preparation for starting work again with Stephen King on Black House, I surprised myself on how much I liked it. I thought it was really, really a nice book.


Did the Internet and electronic media make the collaboration of Black House easier?

Straub: Yeah, that's right. Though we had one of the first modems in the early '80s. The modems were big machines with telephones on top of them. You had to dial the number, we didn't have hard disks then. The floppys were like 78 records. This was before Windows, so you had to punch in a certain DOS code. Then you could hear your computer make these digesting sounds. Grumble, click, growl. It went on for half an hour while it sent a hundred pages.

When I got the pages from Steve [King] I could see them come onto the empty floppy. Line by line down the page of my monitor. They scrolled by past, but you could still read them.

There were all sorts of glitches in codes. He was using a Wang and I was using an IBM. They had different codes for italics, for bold, all that kind of thing. Even for paragraphing. We had to figure out little symbols to use in place of the ordinary symbols and inform the machine that those symbols were codes: italic, indent, etc.

After I wrote the whole thing, I'd then do a global search and replace for italic, quotation marks. And Steve would do a reverse global replace.

This time around, of course, it was much, much easier. It took seconds to send 100 pages through the Internet. It is vastly more convenient.

Thanks to Terry Warrick.

Strawberry Spring

Posted: April 8, 2002, 00:00
The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) has named the finalists in its Sixth Annual Film Showcase competition. Among them was Dave Rutherford for Strawberry Spring. The nine films will premiere on Sunday, May 5, at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles.

Strawberry Spring will also be shown at Cannes film festival later this year.

The Dead Zone on DVD

Posted: March 31, 2002, 00:00
The Dead Zone will be released on DVD in the UK. It will feature a chunky booklet with a reproduced version of several pages of the original script (unused opening to the film which was Johnny's accident as a boy) and extensive liner notes. It also features the uncut version of Frank Dodd's suicide, theatrical trailer and commentary by Kim Newman and Stephen Jones. It is also presented in anemographic widescreen.

Celebrity Deathmatch

Posted: March 17, 2002, 00:00
On Thursday the 14th MTV aired episode 66 of their show Celebrity Deathmatch and in one of the three matches that took place in that episode King fought Harry Potter's creator JK Rowling.

Some time in to the fight Rowling, after casting spells and flying around on her broomstick for a few minutes, killed King with a huge lightning bolt. King's injured leg came back to life though and finished off Rowling. The winner was Stephen King's right leg. Here is a clip of a part of the match.


King comments on his retirement rumors

Posted: February 26, 2002, 00:00
King comments on his retirement rumors on the official site.

"When asked on a recent episode of The View about his plans to retire, Stephen said that he has enough projects to keep him busy for the next 2 years and that he'll make a decision about retiring then. Don't worry, folks, finishing The Dark Tower books is first on the "to do list" during this next 2 years."

Sad news for The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon

Posted: February 23, 2002, 23:16
In an FAQ at Ain't it cool News they reported the following sad news about the movie version of The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon.

In the course of the Q & A, I found out that "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" doesn't have enough star-power potential; there just aren't enough 12 year-old girl actresses who have drawing power. So that film might never get made. I was forlorn, and felt like vomiting. Man, George and Stephen King, when collaborating, produce some fun stuff (come on, how can anybody forget, "Thanks for the ride, lady...thanks for the ride!" You know, Creepshow II?...never mind.) Granted, "The Girl..." hardcover can be purchased at Barnes & Noble for $4.95 'cause it is one of the worst things Steve ever wrote. (Give him credit, though: He had just got knocked the fuck out by that lunatic that ran him down.) Either the girl lost in the woods lives or she dies...not the most layered of plots, but hey, if George was writing the screenplay with Steve helping, it would be great. Well, it's all moot now, cause George says he's probably won't be able to do it--the lack of star-power thing.

Darabont doing The Mist

Posted: February 18, 2002, 13:24
Today (at Frank Darabont said the following about The Mist:

Now that the last five years of intense directing crapola is behind me, I'm absolutely blissed about shifting gears back into writing mode for a year or two. Topping my list of priorities are at long last finishing MINE (I've had the first HALF of the script written for five years now, but got waylaid by GREEN MILE and MAJESTIC!), finally adapting Steve King's THE MIST, and also adapting Mr. Bradbury's FAHRENHEIT 451. These are all possible directing/producing projects for me. Rick and his fans should know that my enthusiasm for MINE has never dampened, and I'm itching to get back to it.

Frank Darabond is turning The Mist into a movie. No info or releases dates have been released on it yet, but Daily Variety reports that Michael J. Fox is being approached for a lead role. Fox is a HUUUUUUGE Stephen King fan and has wanted to find the right project to be in for years. Fox was actually up for the William Sadler role in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, but had to bow out for other film commitments.

Thanks to Anders.

Comments on King's retirement

Posted: January 31, 2002, 00:00
King's agent commented on King's upcoming retirement:
"He's spoken about retiring many times in the past," Greene told The Associated Press Thursday. "In my own mind, I think it's unlikely he'll stop working."

The article also said:
A spokeswoman for King said the author had not yet read Sunday's article and would have no immediate comment.

King talks

Posted: January 27, 2002, 00:00
In an interview with Kim Murphy King talks about the next projects he has coming out: a book of short stories [Everything's Eventual], due in March. Then in the fall, the long-delayed novel From a Buick Eight, postponed because it involves a car accident and didn't seem appropriate before. The last three novels in the Dark Tower series, to be completed in the coming year. A limited series about a haunted hospital [The Kingdom] for ABC.

He also says that after that he's done writing books

Or, at least, publishing books. "You get to a point where you get to the edges of a room, and you can go back and go where you've been, and basically recycle stuff," he says. "I've seen it in my own work. People when they read 'Buick Eight' are going to think Christine. It's about a car that's not normal, OK? You say, 'I've said the things that I have to say, that are new and fresh and interesting to people.' Then you have a choice. You can either continue to go on, or say I left when I was still on top of my game. I left when I was still holding the ball, instead of it holding me.

Frank Muller injured

Posted: January 4, 2002, 00:00
On November 5, 2001, Frank Muller was in a very serious motorcycle accident near Los Angeles, California. He sustained multiple fractures, lacerations and abrasions, and went into cardiac arrest three times. He also suffered severe head trauma, which was subsequently diagnosed as Diffuse Axonal Injury.

The audio books community has responded to Frank with an outpouring of support for him and his family. As part of this support, Stephen King, John Grisham, Pat Conroy and Peter Straub will hold a benefit performance at 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2002, which will include live readings and reflections.

King a character

Posted: December 21, 2001, 19:25
The Destroyer series is a well-written series that has been published for over 27 years. It contains insightful political satire and often lampoons well-known people. In the latest volume #125 The Wrong Stuff, Stephen King is featured as a major character and appears throughout the novel. The author is clearly very familiar with King, and his portrait of him is accurately drawn with details of King's life that betray the hand of a fan of his fiction.

Glowing introduction

Posted: December 21, 2001, 19:24
Tor has been republishing Richard Matheson for a number of years, bringing back into print such classics as Hell House, I Am Legend and The Incredible Shrinking Man. This month the company has collected 20 of his best short horror stories under the title Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.

The book boasts a glowing introduction by Stephen King, who states, "When people talk about the genre, I guess they mention my name first, but without Richard Matheson, I wouldn't be around. He is as much my father as Bessie Smith was Elvis Presley's mother."

Speed Queen

Posted: December 7, 2001, 19:23
Christina Ricci will star in and direct Speed Queen based on Stewart O'Nan's novel of the same name about a convicted murderer who tries to give her life story to a famous horror writer (Stephen King). O'Nan originally wanted to call his book Dear Stephen King but that didn't go over too well with all concerned.

Willis to do Bag of Bones

Posted: December 5, 2001, 22:39
According to the site Bruce Willis (it doesn't mentions if it's the same Bruce Willis that stars in the Die Hard movies though) and Arnold Rifkin will be the producers for Bag of Bones. The Production Companies will be Cheyenne Enterprises. No word on where they are in the production though.

According to Reuters King has sold the movie rights for "Bag Of Bones" to Deborah Raffin and her husband Michael Viner. Raffin is an actress (Death Wish 3, Scanner 2 and Sidney Sheldons The Sand Of Time) and Viner a movie producer. Let's hope that they do a great job with it!

Jay, Mick, Bernie and more

Posted: November 26, 2001, 19:23
On Saturday December 1st (2:00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.) director Jay Holben, director Mick Garris, artist Bernie Wrightson, actors Miguel Ferrer and Cynthis Garris and screenwriter Dennis Etchinson will be in Burbank, CA. with British author Stephen Jones who will sign copies of his latest book: The Illustrated Guide to Stephen King Movies. These are specially imported copies of the book currently only available overseas (they will be selling for $29.95).

To reserve copies or mail order your signed copies with a credit card contact: DARK DELICACIES, Books & Gifts for the Horror Lover, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505, 818-556-6660 / 888-darkdel,, e-mail:

Thanks to Jay Holben.

The Monkey

Posted: November 25, 2001, 15:36
In the book Creepshow - The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide author Stephen Jones says that Frank Darabont is currently planning an official adaptation of King's story The Monkey, probably for cable TV.

The unofficial one that is referred to in the book is a movie called The Devil's Gift.

Lilja's Library goes WAP

Posted: November 23, 2001, 19:21
From today, Sep. 23, you can access Lilja's Library from your wap-phone. Obviously this is a limited version of the site, as of now it only contains news updates. This is an experiment though so I need you to check it out and then let me know what you think of it. Is it something that you need, something you want, what should it contain? Let me know!

The address you need to enter in your phone is:

Here is how the site looks in a phone:

Sly out of the Cadillac

Posted: November 19, 2001, 20:53
The Seattle Times: Arts & Entertainment: Seen, heard, said Seattle Times staff

There's some intrigue involving the filming of Stephen King's "Dolan's Cadillac," the tale of a mild-mannered teacher who seeks revenge after his wife, an eyewitness to a mob murder, is killed by the mobster.

The New York Daily New says Sly Stallone, once attached to it, is out and speculates the production company that has the rights Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner's wanted him to play the mobster and Kevin Bacon to be the teacher.

Other explanations include: 1. Sly asked for more money and 2. Sly's rep thinks the project is kaput.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Libretto done and listen to IT

Posted: November 17, 2001, 13:09
I now have gotten confirmation from Eve Beglarian that the libretto for The Man in the Black Suit is complete. She told me that I've begun the music; the plan is to have a workshop with music in april or may of 2002.

She also told me that she has a song based on a single line from IT. An mp3 demo of the song is on her website. This is not the final version, but it gives you an idea of the song...

You can listen to it here. Just click on the link: all ways (2001) mp3.

Stephen and Tabitha donates

Posted: November 16, 2001, 19:21
Stephen and Tabitha donated money to the Red Cross with the help of the listeners of WKIT.

On Friday, WKIT which is part of Stephen King's The Zone Corporation, had a 'pay for play 'day. Listeners could hear their request for a minimum pledge of $10.00 to The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The station took requests and pledges until 6 pm . The unofficial total was $70,230.00 from their listeners and this was matched by the Stephen And Tabitha King Foundation dollar for dollar. Approximately $140,460.00 will be sent to the Red Cross thanks to the listeners of WKIT and the King's.

The Talisman 3 around 2006

Posted: November 9, 2001, 23:29
In interviews (you can find one of them in The Interview Section) Peter Straub has said that he and King probably will write a third book about Jack Sawyer and now, according to a post in SKEMERs, he said (at a signing in Mequon, Wisconsin yesterday) that King and he hope to write another book in "around five years".

This means that we could have The Talisman 3 around 2006 or so...

Dolan's Cadillac to start filming next year...

Posted: November 9, 2001, 20:51
Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Dolan's Cadillac is expected to start filming around the first next year. Here is what they say:

And currently scouting around town: "Dolan's Cadillac," based on a Stephen King tale, about a science teacher who exacts complex revenge when a Las Vegas mobster murders his wife, who witnessed a hit. Sylvester Stallone, who starred as a Vegas-based hit man in the "Get Carter" remake, plays the mobster. Cameras are expected to roll around the first of the year with Stacy Title ("The Last Supper") directing.

ABC has dropped The Talisman

Posted: November 6, 2001, 23:01
Creature Corner reports that ABC has dropped the miniseries version of The Talisman. Here is what they says:

With the success of ‘The Black House’ novel, the latest collaboration from Stephen King and Peter Straub – and sequel to ‘The Talisman’, you’d think that the ABC miniseries adaptation of ‘The Talisman’ would be going full steam ahead without a hitch. Right?


After lingering in development hell for years, it seems ‘The Talisman’ has been stopped at the gates yet again. The Creature Corner learned today that ABC has dropped the Mick Garris-directed miniseries which would have become the network’s third King project in the works after ‘Rose Red’ (which airs in ’02) and King’s ‘The Kingdom’ remake (presumably due in ’03). “This does not mean that there will be no ‘Talisman’. There are other potential homes,” says Garris. “and a theatrical version is not out of the question.”

‘The Talisman’ chronicled the adventures of young Jack Sawyer, a boy forced to cross into another dimension to save his mother. With the help of Wolf, Jack took on many strange beasties while trekking across a bizarre land. No doubt ‘The Talisman’ would have been epic television. The Kennedy-Marshall team was set to produce. Mick’s screenplay adaptation was well-received. What went wrong? Most likely money issues, perhaps on the network’s end, but who really knows? This business is strange.

Ghost-story musical

Posted: November 2, 2001, 20:12
Jonathan over at STEPHEN KING COLLECTORS sent me the following:

The following short article, "The Sing of Horror" comes from the November/December 2001 "Pages" magazine:

"John Mellencamp and Stephen King are continuing to develop their ghost-story musical, which is expected to open in the spring of 2002. Mellencamp says he hopes to see the as-yet-unnamed musical on Broadway--someday. The rocker and the writer will finalize the project some time in Febuary. Mellencamp, who's writing 15 songs for the show, calls King's script "the most beautiful story."

Libretto done

Posted: October 30, 2001, 13:06
I e-mailed Eve Beglarian (the woman who started work on the opera for Stephen King's Man in the Black Suit about a year ago) about the status of the opera and here is what she responded with:

"Hi Jonathan,
The libretto for the opera is now complete (co-wrtten by Eve Beglarian and Grethe Holby), and I am beginning work on the music this winter.
Thanks for your interest,

Thanks to Jonathan over at STEPHEN KING COLLECTORS

Sun Dog dropped

Posted: October 25, 2001, 01:07
IMAX now reports that The Sun Dog has been dropped from IMAX's development slate.

Stephen King Day

Posted: September 28, 2001, 19:21
October 3, 2001 will be Stephen King Day at the University of Maine. Several sources have just chimed in that King will be doing a reading that night around 7:30. The reading will be held at the Maine Center For The Arts on the Orono campus. Although it's free and open to the public, seating there is rather limited. If you want to attend what is sure to be a very cool event, you must call ahead for tickets. The phone number is 1-207-581-1755 (You might also try 1-800-622-8499 but this might be instate only) and I recommend you do that ASAP. King will not be signing anything, so don't bother dragging along your box of books. :)

Pet Sematary 3

Posted: September 15, 2001, 15:38
According to Dark Horizons Brendan Fehr is the top candidate for the lead in Pet Sematary 3.

September 12, 2001
Greek magazine Nostos News and Dark Horizons reports that a second sequel is in the works to the original Stephen King horror adaptation Pet Sematary. Director Mary Lambert and Producer Ralph S. Singelton will be at work on the tale which will wrap up what happened to the family in the second film - Ed Furlong may make a cameo.

Thanks to Anders and Justin Brooks.

King settles

Posted: September 4, 2001, 19:18
Donation to hospital settles author's suit with insurance company
By Associated Press, 8/30/2001 02:15

BANGOR, Maine (AP) Stephen King's insurance company settled a lawsuit with the horror writer by donating $750,000 to the hospital that cared for him after he was hit by a car two years ago.

King sued OneBeacon Insurance for $10 million in February, claiming it failed to provide full coverage for injuries he sustained when in the accident.

King was insured personally and by his business policy, both through Commercial Union, which was later bought by OneBeacon. But his lawsuit claimed an umbrella policy should entitle him to additional payments.

King, 53, was injured in June 1999 when a van driven by Bryan Smith of Fryeburg struck the author as he was walking along the shoulder of Route 5 near his vacation home in Lovell.

King suffered a broken leg and hip, punctured lung, broken ribs and other injuries. He has undergone five surgeries since the accident.

Tony Payne, vice president of marketing for OneBeacon, said the donation to Bridgton Hospital was a compromise.

"(The lawsuit) wasn't likely to be easily resolved without long and expensive litigation,'' he said. ''So we collaborated and said, 'How can some good come out of this that can impart community good?"

The Kings summer in Lovell, and live the rest of the year in Bangor.

King donated $100,000 to the hospital after the accident. The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, a charitable organization King founded with his wife, donated $500,000.

"They're wonderful supporters of the hospital," said Pamela Smith, director of development and community relations at the hospital. "He realizes how important keeping a community hospital in the Lakes Region is."

The contribution helps completed a capital campaign to pay for a new hospital building. The building is slated to open in December.

Read a message from Stephen & Tabitha

Posted: September 4, 2001, 19:18
Here is a message from Stephen & Tabitha that was posted on the S&S bulletin board.

Stephen & tabitha king 49 Florida Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401

August 2001

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to join First Lady Mary Herman, Maine's Family Literacy Task Force, and the Verizon Foundation in welcoming your child to Kindergarten.

Reading with and to your children daily is the most important thing you can do to ensure your child is off to a good start in school. You know that we love to WRITE books; what you may not know is that we read to our children when they were growing up and now happily read to our grandchildren all the time. Lap time with your child, looking at and talking about the pictures, reading, re-reading, talking about the book, connecting the story to your life when possible, is crucial to getting your child started well in school.

Please, turn off the TV and make a promise to yourself that you will read the enclosed books, and others available at the library and bookstores, with your children often. You'll enjoy this special time and the rewards are lifelong!

Best wishes,

Stephen King Tabitha King
Thanks to Bev Vincent for letting me know.

King will finish musical in February

Posted: August 7, 2001, 12:36
According to John Mellencamp he and King will finish the musical that they have been working on in February:

Tuesday August 7 9:09 AM ET
Mellencamp, King Work on Musical

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - John Mellencamp and fiction writer Stephen King expect to complete the musical they're working on sometime in February.

Mellencamp said the two plan to meet in February to finish the musical, which he termed "an American story."

"Steve has written the most beautiful story," he said. "I've written about five songs for this thing and there's not one rock song anywhere near it."

Mellencamp said he still has about 10 songs to write for the production.

"If this works like we think it's going to, it'll be great," he said.

Thanks to Bob Ireland

Dolan's Cadillac to be filmed in Mexico?

Posted: July 12, 2001, 20:49
USA Today reports that Dolan's Cadillac might be filmed in Mexico. Here is what they said:

Other U.S. movies in the works in Mexico include Vampires: Los Muertos, starring rocker Jon Bon Jovi, and possibly a Tom Cruise production of the Stephen King short story Dolan's Cadillac, which is to star Kevin Bacon and Sylvester Stallone.

The movies' ascending star here is a result of dramatic change in the way the government does business. It streamlined permit applications for filmmakers who want to work in Mexico and overhauled union rules and tax laws.

The Essential Stephen King

Posted: July 9, 2001, 19:18
Stephen Spignesi is now releasing The Essential Stephen King - The Complete and Uncut Edition.