The Life of Chuck Casting Update

Posted: October 26, 2023, 09:24
Mike Flanagan presented the actors/actress that will join him and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Karen Gillan, Jacob Tremblay, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Hamill in The Life of Chuck and there are a lot of them… Here is the list:

David Dastmalchian (The Boogeyman)
Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm St.)
Matthew Lillard (Scream)
Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Harvey Guillén (What We Do In The Shadows)
Carl Lumbly (Doctor Sleep)
Kate Siegel (The Fall of the House of Usher)
Annalise Basso (Oculus)
Samantha Sloyan (Midnight Mass)
Rahul Kohli (Usher)
Matt Biedel (The Midnight Club)
Sauriyan Sapkota (Usher)
Saidah Arrika Ekulona (The Haunting of Hill House)
Michael Trucco (Usher)
Violet McGraw (Hill House)
Molly C. Quinn (Usher)
Benjamin Pajak
Trinity Jo-Li Bliss
Antonio Raul Corbo
Q'Orianka Kilcher
Taylor Gordon

Hopefully we’ll get to see the movie in late 2024.

Remake Of The Langoliers?

Posted: October 12, 2023, 11:34
Rob Savage who butchered The Boogeyman wants to do the same…a remake of The Langoliers. Here is what he said about it while speaking with

“There’s a bit of naughtiness when it comes to the rights, but I think hopefully we’ll be able to sort it out. We’ve got such a great idea for developing that one out from the short story. Of all the ones in King’s work that have been adapted, I don’t think it’s ever been done justice to. It plays with ideas that I’ve never seen explored in a horror movie. The idea of time, and decaying time, and these creatures that are eating the time left behind — there’s such a great, cosmic horror movie to be made there that lends itself so well to film. Film is all about stretching and compressing time, and you can do so many great, playful things in that space that go beyond what’s there in the novella. I’m so excited about that one. I think that one stands a good shot of happening.“

The Life Of Chuck Start Filming Oct. 16

Posted: October 4, 2023, 13:19
Gulf Coast Media reports that Mike Flanagan will shoot The Life of Chuck in various locations around Baldwin and Mobile contries starting October 16.

The Alabama Gulf Coast has been the backdrop of many movies big and small, but there’s no better way to welcome the spooky Halloween season than with a Stephen King movie.

Gulf Coast Media confirmed today that filmmaker Mike Flanagan will shoot his third Stephen King adaptation, “The Life of Chuck,” in various locations around Baldwin and Mobile counties. The production is anticipated to begin filming Oct. 16 and run for approximately four weeks.

According to the local booking agency, 1,000 extras are needed for the film in a range of ages from 11 years old and up. The bulk of the extras are needed for two large crowd scenes to be filmed in Baldwin County.

My Thoughts On Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

Posted: September 28, 2023, 13:27
Here are my thoughts on the upcoming prequel to Pet Sematary, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines isn’t a movie I’ll be watching again but compared to my expectations and the remake of Pet Sematary that it’s supposed to be a prequel to, it's a masterpiece. Draw your own conclusions from that…

My Thoughts On Holly

Posted: September 5, 2023, 05:00
Today King’s 88th book, Holly is released. Check out my review of it here but be warned, there are some spoilers in it so if you want to read it totally unspoiled, read the book and then come back for the review.

Holly gets involved with this when she is hired by Bonnie’s mother who wants Holly to find her daughter. Or at least find out what happened to her. Of course Holly solves the mystery but not without getting in rather big trouble herself.

The Life of Chuck To Start Filming In October

Posted: August 31, 2023, 15:44
The filming of The Life of Chuck is all set to begin in Alabama in October. The production received a waiver from SAG-AFTRA to proceed with the casting for the film. However, since it hasn’t obtained an exemption from the union to move forward with the lensing, the shoot in Alabama can be affected by the ongoing actors’ strike. The Life of Chuck is helmed by Mike Flanagan, who also penned the script before the ongoing WGA strike and stars Tom Hiddleston in the titular role and Mark Hamill as Albie.

Thanks to Herbert West

Pet Sematary: Bloodline To Premier At Fantastic Fest

Posted: August 15, 2023, 20:58
New prequel to Pet Sematary, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines will premier at Fantastic Fest September 21 - 28, 2023.

USA, Canada, 2023
World Premiere, 87 min
Director – Lindsey Anderson Beer

In 1969, a young Jud Crandall and his childhood friends band together to confront an ancient evil that has gripped their hometown. PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES is a terrifying prequel based on chapters from Stephen King's novel "Pet Sematary."

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

Update On Life Of Chuck Movie

Posted: August 10, 2023, 10:24
Mike Flanagan updates us about The Life of Chuck.

Flanagan said it’s a relatively small film and that film production may begin soon despite the strike due to circumstances that mean the project does not violate WGA and SAG rules. Studios like A24 have already signed agreements which allow them to produce films without any obstacles.

Flanagan Talks The Dark Tower

Posted: August 10, 2023, 09:24
Mike Flanagan has given an update on his adaptation of The Dark Tower.

"I feel really good about where we are. Oddly, where we are at the moment is completely frozen, because of the strike, but we had a wonderful spring with it and we're making enormous progress on it. And I have every reason to believe that on the other side of the strike, it's gonna be priority #1.

We have great partners on it that I can't talk about, and we've got some really exciting actors circling on it that I can't talk about, and we have some potentially groundbreaking approaches to the filmmaking of it that I just can't really talk about ... but what I can say is that my fears that any momentum we had developed was gonna be obliterated [by the strike], well, I don't really worry about that.

We’re in a healthy place. We are of course in solidarity with the WGA and SAG, and once those immediate needs are taken care of and everyone's back to work, I think that's when we're gonna immediately deploy. But it's going very well."

You Like It Darker; New Collection Out In 2024

Posted: August 8, 2023, 23:38
In the latest episode of Talking Scared Podcast King reveals that he’ll have a new collection out in 2024. The title will be You Like it Darker. No word on when during 2024 it will be out but it will be over 600 pages long. Here is what King said about it:

Then last year, there’s a story. It’ll be in a book that comes out next year called You Like It Darker. They’re mostly news stories, long stories, for the most part. One of them is called The Dreamers. One night I was lying in bed. I tell myself stories before I go to sleep. That’s how I get to sleep. I had this image of a man who was under some kind of drug. He opens his eyes and they turn black and these tendrils start to come out of his eyeballs. They just creep me out. I couldn’t think about that anymore. I put that aside.

The next day I said to myself, oh, I remember that book, Lovecraft’s Beyond the Wall of
Sleep. I said, what if a man didn’t get through the wall of sleep or over the wall of sleep, but
under it? What if there was something beyond that wall, beyond the actual dreams that we have, a reality that’s huge, that’s apocalyptic, some huge darkness that’s sentient, that had something
like that? I thought that goes with the tendrils and the eyeballs. I had that story like that. But I couldn’t think about it at night. I couldn’t do that because it just was so creepy to me.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines Arrives In October

Posted: July 18, 2023, 17:33
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines will premiere Friday, October 6, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Brazil, and Saturday, October 7 in all other Paramount+ international markets.

The untold chapter’s official synopsis: “In 1969, a young Jud Crandall has dreams of leaving his hometown of Ludlow, Maine behind, but soon discovers sinister secrets buried within and is forced to confront a dark family history that will forever keep him connected to Ludlow. Banding together, Jud and his childhood friends must fight an ancient evil that has gripped Ludlow since its founding, and once unearthed has the power to destroy everything in its path.”

Source: Bloody Disgusting.

Thanks to Herbert West.

Pet Sematary Retrospective Book

Posted: July 18, 2023, 07:37
Pet Sematary retrospective book will be released in 2024 for the film’s 35th anniversary!

The team behind the documentary Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is headed back into the world of Stephen King’s terrifying horror classic with a brand new book!

A retrospective book to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Stephen King’s big screen cult classic, Pet Sematary, Hollywood Comes to Maine: Revisiting Stephen King’s Pet Sematary will serve as an updated and greatly expanded companion book to the 2015 documentary, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary.

The coffee table book will include new interviews with cast and crew, newly discovered archive from the production, essays from prominent writers, filmmakers, and film historians, as well as interviews with those inside the Stephen King book + film orbit.

Source: Bloody Disgusting.

Stephen King: Not Just Horror

Posted: July 14, 2023, 15:31

My book Stephen King: Not Just Horror will be released in Italy later this year by Independent Legions. Here are their announcement.

Siamo felici di annunciare la pubblicazione, entro la fine dell'anno, in italiano, del libro STEPHEN KING: NOT JUST HORROR di Hans-Åke Lilja (che ha curato l'antologia 'Shining in the Dark') con prefazione di John Ajvide Lindqvist. Presto presenteremo i contenuti (speciali!) e la copertina del libro, aprendo anche i preordini.
Il saggio sarà pubblicato in Svezia ad agosto, e poi in inglese e altre lingue.
(Foto: Hans-Åke Lilja con Stephen King, ad Amburgo)

We're pleased to announce the publication, by the end of the year, in Italian, of the book STEPHEN KING: NOT JUST HORROR by Hans-Åke Lilja (who edited the anthology 'Shining in the Dark') with a preface by John Ajvide Lindqvist. We'll present the (special!) contents and the cover art of the book soon, opening also the preorders.
The book will be published in Sweden in August, and then in English and other languages.
(Photo: Hans-Åke Lilja with Stephen King, in Hamburg)

The Dreamers; A New King Story

Posted: June 16, 2023, 00:22
In the article about Cormac McCarthy King mentions a new story he has writen The Dreamers.

He looked like a bird colonel I knew over there in that other world watching through his binoculars as the F-100Ds and Super Sabres of the 352nd came in low over Bien Hoa, pregnant with the firejelly they would drop in an orange curtain, burning a miscarriage in the green, turning part of the overstory to ash and skeleton palms. The men and women too, them calling nahn tu, nahn tu to no one who could hear or care if they did.

Thanks to Leon Russell

My Thoughts On The Boogeyman

Posted: June 8, 2023, 09:12
Here are my thoughts about The Boogeyman.

There are a few minutes in there where they actually tell King’s story. It’s when Lester Billings talks to Dr. Harper and tells him how his kids were killed by the boogeyman. Here I hoped that they would let the movie show us Billings telling Dr. Harper his story.