King & Abrams Is Going To Castle Rock

Posted: February 18, 2017, 02:45
J.J. Abrams will executive-produce a new King-inspired original series, Castle Rock, coming soon to Hulu from Abrams’ Bad Robot production company. Abrams announced the series on Friday via a cryptic tweet:

We also got this teaser...

I don't know about you but I'm excited! Stay tuned for more info.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Mr Mercedes Filming At Local Restaurant

Posted: February 17, 2017, 09:12
Filming of Mr Mercedes was done at Little Jack's on Wednesday.

Film crews took over Upper King Street restaurant Little Jack's Tavern today to film the TV adaptation of Stephen King's crime series 'Mr Mercedes.'

The cozy throwback-themed restaurant had a new sign up reading "Demasio's Lunch + Dinner," which evokes images of family-owned Italian joint. (This is a hard boiled detective story, after all.)

The crews chose a good rainy day to shoot, since the set included spouts for staged rain. Props and lighting was also set up alongside the forthcoming Pancito and Lefty building.

Police directing traffic said that shooting was set to continue into late afternoon. Little Jack's Tavern said they were closed for today only for filming.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Chizmar & King Novella Returns To Castle Rock

Posted: February 15, 2017, 21:23
Richard Chizmar gave us this update on the novella he has written with King:

Regarding the novella I recently finished writing with Stephen King...
I can't tell you the title yet. I can't tell you the plot synopsis. And I can't tell you publication details. But I can tell you that readers will soon be heading back to a small town in Maine called Castle Rock.

I don't know about you but I'm superexcited!

Dark Tower Music Released! Trailer Next?

Posted: February 14, 2017, 10:43
Now you can listen to the song from the trailer to The Dark Tower on Spotify or Amazon.

So, what does this mean? That a trailer will soon be out? Hopefully but we really don't know. It is about time though. Keep checking back and we'll update you when we know more.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Mr Mercedes Continues Filming in Charleston

Posted: February 14, 2017, 08:43
Mr Mercedes continues filming in Charleston.

Many people in Charleston have posted about production crews in the area over the last few weeks.

“I think people, for the most part, enjoy these productions,” said Linda Lee, President of the Carolina Film Alliance. “It brings money into the community, certainly the neighborhoods where they’re actually being filmed.”

Thursday Beau Schuling, the publicist for the production, said crews will be filming in the greater Charleston area through May.

Schuling said filming is happening at sites all over area including Wagener Terrace/Hampton Park, Park Circle, the Cooper River Pier, and the International Longshoremen’s Association Hall on Morrison Drive.

One of the major production sites is in Goose Creek off of Red Bank Road.

Here are a few articles about it with photos.

Daily Disruption
Live 5 News

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

2017: The Collaboration Year

Posted: February 13, 2017, 09:06
Two weeks ago I wrote that 2017 would be a great year for King adaptations. Well, it will also be a great year for King collaborations. Earlier King has only released books with two authors, Peter Straub (The Talisman and Black House) and Stweart O’Nan (Faithful). He has also released two short stories with his son Joe Hill (In the tall Grass and Throttle).

In 2017 two King books will be released and both are collaborations. The first one we learned about just two days ago and is a collaboration with Richard Chizmar. We don’t know anything about this story or when it will be released but based on what Rich wrote about it on his facebook page it will be released soon as a standalone hardcover. My guess is something like when CD released Blockade Billy.

The second book is also a collaboration. This time King has collaborated with his son Owen and together they have written Sleeping Beauties that will be released in October 2017. And even though it’s “only” 8 months until the book is out we don’t know much about it.

The idea, a story about what would happen if all the women in the world fell asleep, came from Owen and it took King and Owen over two years to write the book. So far King has read two excerpts from it (they are NOT online though). One from a man’s point of view, and one from the point of a view from a female character, who is existing in another dimension.

The official synapse is:

What would happen if all the women abandoned the world? A wildly provocative novel of supernatural suspense, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is the first father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

I think 2017 will be a great King year! What are your thoughts?

IT Rating And Sequel

Posted: February 10, 2017, 00:26
Dan Lin talks about the IT movie being rated R and it's sequel.

DAN LIN: It is a rated-R movie. If you’re going to make a “Rated-R movie”, you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material. It is a scary clown that’s trying to kill kids. So of course that’s going to be a rated-R movie. The kids are amazing. You very much get a Stand by Me vibe as far as their camaraderie and the way they joke with each other and that they really care for each other. They do have a scary crown that’s taken over the town of Derry, so it’s going to be rated R.

Thanks to Douglas Dowie

Prologue By Stephen King & Owen King

Posted: February 8, 2017, 11:29
Here you can find more info and register for this years Adult Book & Author Breakfast.

The 2017 Adult Book & Author Breakfast is shaping up to be the forum’s most exciting yet with the first-ever BookExpo appearance by best-selling novelist Stephen King (Misery, 11/22/63, On Writing). Joined by Owen King, his son and co-author of the upcoming novel Sleeping Beauties, the pair will offer a special introduction to the breakfast, ‘Prologue by Stephen King & Owen King.

Stephen & Owen Promoting Sleeping Beauties

Posted: February 7, 2017, 23:51
Stephen and Owen will both be attending this years BookExpo promoting Sleeping Beauties

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's BookExpo will feature a popular father-and-son combination: Stephen and Owen King.

Convention organizers ReedPop told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the authors will be featured at a June 1 breakfast at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. They will be promoting "Sleeping Beauties," a novel they worked on together.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

2017: The Movie Year

Posted: February 7, 2017, 14:20
So, are you ready for the film year 2017? It’s been quite some time since we had this much to look forward to as we have this year.

It all starts on June 22 with The Mist premiering on Spike. The first season will have 10 episodes.

Next up is the long awaited Dark Tower movie. It will premier in the US and many other countries on July 28.

After that we’ll have to wait until the fall for the first of two IT movies. The movie will premier in the US and a lot of other countries on September 8.

Besides these we’ll get the TV Series Mr Mercedes. The show will air on Direct TV in 10 episodes.

Netflix will release Gerald's Game sometime during 2017 and hopefully also 1922. And for those who want everything Children of the Corn: Runaway will probably be released sometime during 2017.

Mr Mercedes Filming In Goose Creek

Posted: February 7, 2017, 11:27
On Instagram mr_mercedestv is keeping us up to date with the filming of Mr Mercedes. In his last post he mentions that they will film in Goose Creek the upcoming days. So, if anyone is in the area, keep an eye open for them and also, take pictures and send to me.

Mr Mercedes is being set up to be filmed in Goose Creek right now. Signs say emergency parking only after 6am 02/07 so it will film tomorrow. A store between Food Lion and Mona’s Wings on Red Bank Rd has been being worked on for about a month.

Pinfall, A Limited Comic Book

Posted: February 6, 2017, 12:39
Did you know that Creepshow 2 was supposed to have a segment called Pinfall? Well it was but that story never reached beyond the script stage. When they shot the movie it was removed to keep down costs and since then we haven’t heard much about it…until now. With the release of the limited Blu-ray edition of Creepshow 2 a comic version of Pinfallwas included.

The bad news is that it’s a very limited release. The good news though is that Bryant Burnette over at The Truth inside the Lie has done a very good review of it. And an interview with its creator Jason Mayoh.

So, head over there to check it out.

Mike Flanagan Talks Gerald's Game

Posted: February 5, 2017, 13:49
Mike Flanagan talked Gerald’s Game with Dread Central.

“We’re in post right now, and I’m so, so excited about this one,” Flanagan tells us. “Carla and Bruce [Greenwood] were both amazing – it really is some of the best work I’ve ever seen from either of them. This has been a dream project for a long time, and I’m thrilled to report that it exceeded even my expectations. I can’t wait for it to get out into the world.”

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

From The Set Of Mr Mercedes

Posted: February 3, 2017, 11:26
Holy Cinema reports from the set of Mr Mercedes.

After seeing crew signs and production trucks scattered around the upper peninsula the past few weeks, we ran across the filming of the Mr. Mercedes TV series on Sans Souci Street today in North Central. The show is based on the Stephen King detective novel trilogy.

The crew has been filming a few days at a time over the past few weeks, setting up shop downtown at a couple of different locales. Trucks and crews have been seen staging at the Charleston Rifle Club off Heriot Street.

If anyone of you live there or close by, go take photos and send them to me.

Read the entire article here.

Thanks to Dimitris Tso

Let Me Present The Loser's Club

Posted: February 3, 2017, 08:39
IT producer Barbara Muschietti have posted individual photos of the Loser's Club on Instagram. I have collected them here for you.

Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier

Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh

Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris

Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak

Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom

Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon

Jaeden Wesley as Bill Denbrough

Sleeping Beauties Out In October

Posted: January 31, 2017, 19:39
According to Sleeping Beauties will be out in October.

What would happen if all the women abandoned the world? A wildly provocative novel of supernatural suspense, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is the first father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

Firestarter: Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Posted: January 31, 2017, 19:00
Scream Factory, the horror-thriller offshoot of independent film distributor Shout Factory, has detailed its upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray of director Mark L. Lester's film Firestarter (1984), starring Drew Barrymore, David Keith, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, and Freddie Jones. The release will be available for purchase on March 14.

Special Features:
NEW 2K scan of the interpositive film element
NEW Audio commentary with director Mark L. Lester
NEW Playing with Fire: The Making of FIRESTARTER – featuring interviews with director Mark L. Lester, actors Freddie Jones and Drew Snyder, stuntman/actor Dick Warlock and Johannes Schmoelling of Tangerine Dream+
NEW Tangerine Dream: Movie Music Memories – an interview with Johannes Schmoelling
NEW exclusive performance of "Charlie's Theme" by Johannes Schmoelling of Tangerine Dream
Theatrical Trailers
Radio Spot
Still Gallery

Thanks to Anders Jakobson and Douglas Dowie

Gerald's Game: Carla Gugino Interview

Posted: January 31, 2017, 11:27
Here is a short interview with Carla Gugino about her role as Jessie in Gerald's Game.

“It was one of the hardest, most challenging shoots I've ever done, which is saying a lot,” said Gugino about the project. “It's one of the most fulfilling things I've done,” she continued. “I love this woman…you're dealing with something that has elements of horror, but also is really more of a thriller, in the vain of a Misery. And she is also dealing with this childhood sexual trauma with her father, and those are all tricky tones to find together.”

Netflix has not yet set a premiere date for the film.

Read the entire interview here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Mr Mercedes Set To Premiere This Fall

Posted: January 31, 2017, 09:18
Production on the 10-episode show from Sonar Entertainment is underway in Charleston, SC and according to this article the premiere is slated for this fall. Casting for Mr Mercedes is coming together. Here is a list of what we know so far.

Brendan Gleeson (Detective Bill Hodges)
Harry Treadaway (Brady Hartsfield)
Jharrel Jerome (Jerome Robinson)
Justine Lupe (Holly Gibney)

Scott Lawrence (Detective Peter Dixon)
Robert Stanton (Anthony “Robi” Frobisher)
Ann Cusack (Olivia Trelawney)
Mary-Louise Parker (Janey Patterson)
Holland Taylor (Ida Silver)
Kelly Lynch (Deborah Hartsfield)
Breeda Wool (Lou Linklatter)

Mike Flanagan Talks Gerald’s Game

Posted: January 28, 2017, 11:37
In this podcast from mid-2016 Mike Flanagan talk a bit about Gerald’s Game (nothing really new though).

If you just want the Gerald’s Game part it starts at 2.24 in but Mike has a lot of interesting stuff to say before that as well so I recommend you to listen to the whole episode.

Thanks to Herbert West

Holly Gibney In Mr Mercedes Cast

Posted: January 28, 2017, 01:32
Justine Lupe will play Holly Gibney in the movie version of Mr Mercedes, the younger cousin of Janey and Olivia who has some “issues”: OCD, synesthesia, sensory processing disorder. But she’s also terribly observant, refreshingly unfiltered and unaware of her innocence, which is oddly endearing.

Read more here.

Ep 68: A Misty Look Ahead To King in 2017

Posted: January 26, 2017, 13:03

Welcome to the Stephen King Podcast Constant and New Listeners!

Join your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and writer/podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 68 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Our first podcast of 2017!!!!!!!!!

Last podcast we looked back at King in 2016 and now Hans & I turn our gaze forward and look ahead. What Stephen King delights will we experience in 2017 and what are our most anticipated events?

Join us on our 2017 Stephen King Retrospective.

We also talk about the first story in the last year's audio release of the Skeleton Crew collection - kicking it off with a Will Patton reading of - The Mist.

All that plus the latest Stephen King News!

We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you.
Good or bad, we want it all!

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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:28 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:51 - News From The DeathRoom
4) 11:47 - 2017: A Kingly Look Ahead
5) 53:14 - NightShift Review - Audio Version of The Mist
6) 1:07:00 - Podcast Signoff
7) 1:47:50 - Outro

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Dark Tower Toy Figures

Posted: January 25, 2017, 23:46
Here are the first Dark Tower toys. Both figures will be released from Diamond Toys in July and sold for $9.99. You can get yours here.

A Diamond Select Toys release! May your days be long upon the Earth, and may you have plenty of Vinimates! Anticipation for the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is at an all-time high, and DST is tackling the new film with a line of Vinimates vinyl figures! These 4-inch designer figures of the Gunslinger and the Man in Black are based on the upcoming film, striking poses straight from the movie, and sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style. Both feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Will you be getting one?

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

King At Bay Front Park (Video)

Posted: January 23, 2017, 09:17
The day after the inauguration, thousands of people from all over Southwest Florida gathered at Bay Front Park, Sarasota, next to the famous Kissing Statue, to show that there will be unconditional support for Women, LGTBQ, Minorities and Immigrants.

Stephen King surprised the rally by appearing last in the speaker line-up. He was fired-up to say the least, and it was a welcome sight.

The Lawnmover Man In VR...Again

Posted: January 23, 2017, 08:48
Looks like The Lawnmover Man is heading for VR...

The company, which produces VR experiences and develops hardware and software for making and consuming VR, has unveiled a slate of five new scripted projects, including a drug-fueled comedy and an adaptation of cult classic The Lawnmower Man, ahead of the Sundance Film Festival.

"As we continue to develop more immersive, cinematic VR content with high production values and longer run times, it solidifies for us that VR is fast becoming a mainstream staple within the entertainment industry," said Jaunt CEO George Kliavkoff, adding that 2016 was "the final year of experimentation, and every indication is that 2017 will be the year of action and adoption. We're excited to be in development on all five of these series alongside some of today's top talent."

Among the projects is a VR adaptation of sci-fi cult classic The Lawnmower Man, which was an early depiction of what it would be like to enter virtual reality. Jaunt says it has partnered with the original 1992 film's rights holders to reimagine it in VR.

What do you think? Is it to late for this one? Read more here.

Casting News For Mr Mercedes

Posted: January 20, 2017, 21:41
Here are some casting news for Mr Mercedes.

Jharrel Jerome will play Jerome Robinson and Holland Taylor will replace Ann-Margret in the role of the prickly, outspoken, self-serving Ida Silver who is the next-door neighbor of Hodges.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

The Plot of The Mist

Posted: January 16, 2017, 08:46
Dread Central had the following to report about the plot of The Mist.

We also now have a better idea of the first season’s structure and who’s who… There will be multiple scattered groups struggling to survive the Mist. Alyssa Sutherland plays a mother who gets trapped in a mall with her daughter and her daughter’s rapist; Morgan Spector plays the father of Sutherland’s daughter, who is stuck in a different location from the rest of his family; Okezie Morro plays a man with amnesia struggling to find allies; and Frances Conroy plays a woman whose ideas regarding the origin of the monstrous Mist will lead to great conflict within her small community of survivors.

The Mist Premieres June 22 on Spike

Posted: January 14, 2017, 23:12
The Mist premieres Thursday, June 22 at 10 p.m. on Spike and Nerdist reports that it will take "the Fargo approach".

“It’s the same but it’s different,” Christian Torpe said on a Television Critics Association 2017 winter press tour panel for his new show. “Like a weird, twisted cousin to the original source material. Fans of the movie and of the book and Mr. King’s work will certainly see elements from it, and especially if you watch the season in macro perspective there’s plenty of parallel. We also, in order to develop it for TV and to turn it into an ongoing series, took our own little detours here and there. Let’s call it a parallel story or a cousin to the original one.”

The 10-episode series is based on the novella, not the film. Torpe said although he enjoyed both endings, he’s come up with his own spin on the story. “I personally loved Mr. Darabont’s ending. I thought it was a stroke of genius. We are playing around in that territory,” he hinted.

As for the actual mist itself, Torpe has updated the visuals and the powers of the mist to distinguish this story from the previous versions. More than the literal mist, The Mist is a show about fear.

“It really is a very character-driven show. The Mist is, to a certain degree, an existential backdrop and the story is more about how people react to fear and to the threat of what’s out there.”

The Mist premieres Thursday, June 22 at 10 p.m. on Spike. For the entire article, head over to Nerdist.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Unearthed & Untold Out Tomorrow

Posted: January 12, 2017, 08:45
Tomorrow is Friday the 13th but this year it’s a good day (no there isn’t a new Jason movie being released). Tomorrow, Friday 13th, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary will be released on numerous platforms.

The documentary, which took filmmakers John Campopiano and Justin White nearly 5 years to complete, will finally be released this Friday, January 13th. Starting with a digital release on Amazon Instant, XBOX Live, VUDU, Sony PlayStation Network, Google Play and iTunes, where it’s currently available for pre-sell here:

The film will also be released on Amazon Prime, Roku, Hulu and cable VOD at a later date. In addition, iTunes will carry the exclusive bonus features, which will be released in a special iTunes package in the coming month. The film will also be released in Canada via Raven Banner Releasing later in the year.

You can find my review here and also listen to Lou and me talk to John Campopiano about the documentary here.

My Books on Amazon

Posted: January 11, 2017, 10:13
Shining in the Dark is now listed on my author page over at Amazon along with my other two books. They haven’t added the cover yet though but it’s there if you want to pre-order.

You can also follow me on Amazon (not sure what you get for doing that but please try it out).