Ep 61: Pondering Pics From It & DT Productions

Posted: July 18, 2016, 22:18

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

Welcome to Episode 61 of The Stephen King Podcast!

The picture floodgates have opened as the internet is flooded with production pictures for the upcoming movie adaptations of It and The Dark Tower. Hans and Lou take a look at them, give our impressions, and speculate on what they could imply for both movies.

We also bring the latest Stephen King News.

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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:48 - News From The Deathroom
4) 19:06 - Nightshift Reviews - It & Dark Tower Production Pics
5) 1:16:34 - Podcast Signoff
7) 1:14:59 - Outro

Intro Music - Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

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Morgan Spector Enters The Mist

Posted: July 17, 2016, 02:11
Here are more casting news for The Mist.

New York, NY, July 15, 2016 – Morgan Spector has joined the cast to star in Spike’s new scripted original series “The Mist.” From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.

Morgan Spector will play “Kevin Cunningham,” the protagonist of the series. Kevin is the epitome of the modern, liberal and civilized man; devoted to his wife and teenaged daughter. He lives his life by high moral values and throughout his life he has refused to give into the anger and prejudice he sees in other people. However, with the arrival of the mist, his moral compass will be put to the test for his and his family’s survival.

Confirmations About Dark Tower Movie (SPOILERS)

Posted: July 14, 2016, 22:02
Here is the third part of Entertainment Weekly's coverage of The Dark Tower. In this article we find out what the film changes and keeps from King's books. They confirm that the movie is a sequel to the book and not an adaptation. The article also confirm that Eddie and Susannah won't be in the movie but if there is a sequel (depending on how successful this first movie is) they will.

Read the entire article here.

Entertainment Weekly Goes Dark Tower

Posted: July 14, 2016, 17:12
Entertainment Weekly will in it's latest issue devot a lot of space to The Dark Tower. Here’s what you’ll find in the issue:

Exclusive photos, showing the vast plains of Mid-World, the shadowy Dixie Pig hideaway of the demons who infest our world, and the visions of a boy named Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who is either the key to saving the mythic Tower or the instrument of its destruction.

Revelations from director Nikolaj Arcel (the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, and one of King’s lifelong Constant Readers) about where the story picks up, which elements from the novels are being explored – and which are being left out.

Elba on the redemption story of Roland, who has “forgotten the face of his father” (or lost his way) in his relentless pursuit of the Man in Black. The actor also comments for the first time about race-swapping the Gunslinger, who until now has always been depicted as white.

McConaughey on the loneliness of evil, the reasons his villain “reveres” the hero chasing him, and why The Man in Black has taken a real shine to present-day New York City.

Finally, as an extra treat, King himself weighs in on the film, explains what he asked to change in the script, and provides new insight into how the Tower saga connects to some of his other books, like The Shining, The Stand, and one long-ago short story.

You can read their interview with Idris Elba here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Rick Urban

More Mist Casting

Posted: July 13, 2016, 23:29
Eight new characters has been cast for The Mist. They are Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, and Danica Curcic. Here are descriptions of their characters.

Okezie Morro:
Morro is Jonah Dixon,” a military man with amnesia. He can’t remember who he is. As the truth about his identity unravels, shocking secrets will be revealed.

Darren Pettie:
Pettie plays Connor Heisel the local alpha male, town sheriff and father to local football superstar Jay. He struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, finding himself up against many who have it out for his accused son.

Russell Posner:
Posner will play Adrian Garff, an insecure young teenager who comes to the defense of his best friend Alex, after she is the victim of a brutal crime. A witness to the crime, he finds himself at the center of a controversy which threatens to rip apart the community.

Isiah Whitlock Jr.:
Whitlock, Jr. is Gus Redman, a local mall manager. When a new society forms from the mist survivors at the mall, Gus will have to decide if he will take the role of leader and exactly how far he will go to keep order.

Gus Birney:
Birney plays Alex Cunningham, the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. She’s always been the ‘good daughter,’ but her over-protective mother helps to kick-start a rebellious streak.

Dan Butler:
Butler is Father Romanov, a priest who is caught in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual.

Luke Cosgrove:
Cosgrove is Jay Heisel,” a popular local football superstar and the son of the town sheriff who finds himself accused of a heinous crime.

Danica Curcic:
Curcic plasy Mia Lambert, a drug-addicted woman on the run and in search of a mysterious stash of money.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Alyssa Sutherland Cast For The Mist

Posted: July 13, 2016, 08:36
Alyssa Sutherland will play “Eve Cunningham,” in The Mist. A wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past. She joins Frances Conroy, who was previously announced as playing “Nathalie,” a modern day ecological martyr.


Scripted Series Based On Classic Stephen King Novella Set to Begin Production In July

10-Episode Series Debuts on Spike in 2017

New York, NY, July 12, 2016 – Alyssa Sutherland has joined the cast of Spike’s new scripted series “The Mist.” From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.

"The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?

Sutherland will play “Eve Cunningham,” Sutherland will play “Eve Cunningham,” a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past.

Alyssa Sutherland currently stars on History’s breakout historical drama series, “Vikings,” as Queen Aslaug. Before joining the cast of “Vikings,” Sutherland appeared in several independent films including “The Fortune Theory,” “Don’t Look Up,” and “Day On Fire” with Olympia Dukakis, which screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals. On the small screen, she has appeared on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Fox’s “New Amsterdam.” A native of Brisbane, Australia, Sutherland began modeling at the age 15 before starting her acting career. Sutherland is represented by UTA and Untitled.

Revival Is Casting Now

Posted: July 12, 2016, 20:50
I just spoke to Josh Boone and he told me that casting for Revival is happening as we speak and that we'll soon know more. He also sent me this concept art done by the talented Vincent Chong.

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Want To Win A Signed King Book?

Posted: July 12, 2016, 12:03
I hope you haven’t forgotten the contest where you can actually win a copy of The Folio Society’s beautiful edition of The Shining. And the copy will be SIGNED BY STEPHEN KING!!!

You can read all about it here.

One question that I have gotten is if you can only enter once for each household. Well, no. You can enter yourself, you can let your husband/wife enter, you can let your kids enter heck even you mother-in-law can enter. Just as long as it’s that person on the photos.

So, head over to the contest page and find out how you can be the owner of a signed Stephen King book no!

Pennywise Has Arrived...

Posted: July 12, 2016, 12:00
Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård has arrived on the set of IT but have not been seen in his Pennywise makeup yet. Guesses is that since he has arrived he will soon try out the makeup. Should be very interesting to see how they do that. Stay tuned for photos as soon as I get them.

For more photos of Bill on set head over to Just Jared.

Lilja's Library Highlight: July 12

Posted: July 12, 2016, 09:00
ON THIS DAY IN 2006...

...The first episode of the first season of Nightmares and Dreamscapes aired on TNT.

Here is my review.

Review: Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow

Posted: July 11, 2016, 15:44
Here is my review of Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow.

This is a great documentary that every fan of the movie “Creepshow” should check out. It’s amazing that so much from the filming is saved for us 35 years after it had its premiere. I feel privileged to have gotten the chance to see it.

Roland And The CGI Knife?

Posted: July 11, 2016, 14:30
Here is a photo of Roland and one of the bad guys and if you look close you’ll see that the man has a knife in his back in the first photo (only the handle is sticking out) and then on the second photo it’s gone. On the second photo Roland is also holding in something. Could that be the knife’s handle? We don’t see the blade but maybe, just maybe, they will add a huge blade with CGI later on? What do you think?

Action Scene From The Dark Tower

Posted: July 11, 2016, 11:01
Click for a larger imageHere are some photos that shows an action scene from The Dark Tower movie. As far as I can make out there is a shootout of some kind between Roland (Idris Elba) and Sayre (Jackie Earle Haley) in New York. And if you look close at Hackie’s face you can see small dots there. My guess is that they are there so that they can add some CGI on his face later on.

There is also a photo of Roland running (click on the photo for a better view) holding something in his hand. I can’t see what it is though…

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Meet Lilja & Lou On Blab Tomorrow

Posted: July 10, 2016, 00:19
Tomorrow when Lou and I record our new podcast we will try something different. We will do a live chat on something called Blab. This is a test for things to come but we would like to invite you all to test it out with us. This will be totally improvised and anything can happen so it will be a lot of fun.

To enter you need an account at and then we’ll send out a link through facebook and twitter for you to click on and join us. This will be sometime around 10PM Swedish time/4 PM New York time and we would really love to see you all there.

Beryl Evans (From DT) Is Coming To Comic Con

Posted: July 8, 2016, 09:43
Here are some very interesting news. On July 22 Beryl Evans will attend Comic Con and sign her book Charlie the Cho Cho.

Evans who? You might ask.

Well, Beryl Evans is a fictional author from The Dark Tower who wrote the book Charlie the Cho Cho and now she is at Comic Con signing her book.

What does this mean?

Well, that is hard to say but I would guess that there will be some kind of Dark Tower event at Comic Con this year. Exactly what we don’t know yet though.

Beryl Evans is the name of the author who wrote Charlie the Choo-Choo. In Wolves of the Calla, Beryl Evans' name is changed to Claudia y Inez Bachman when Eddie Dean and Jake Chambers go todash and visit The Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind.

Thanks to Ed for this find!

Cool Korean Contest

Posted: July 7, 2016, 22:53
This is so cool I had to write about it. King’s Korea publisher has decided to run a contest (that reminds me a bit about the one in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) with the release of the Korean edition of Finders Keepers. They have placed a ticket in several of the copies of the book and if you get one when you buy your copy of the book you can either win a copy of the book The Runner by John Rothstein (fictional character in Finders Keepers) or a cool T-shirt with the Jimmy Gold (fictional character in The Runner) quote “Shit don’t mean shit”.

The book The Runner by John Rothstein is in face a notebook since Rothstein only exists in King’s mind but it’s a really cool contest if you ask me and as far as I can tell the notebook and shirt only exists in a limited number and can’t be bought.

Where Will The Dark Tower Movie Start?

Posted: July 7, 2016, 15:27
On a question about the plot of The Dark Tower, about where the first movie will start and so on go this reply from the moderator of King’s board.

No official announcements have been made about the plot or the additional cast members and won't be until later this month.

So, that makes me hope that we’ll know more about all this soon…

Win A Signed Stephen King Book!

Posted: July 6, 2016, 14:54
Thank you all who have sent in photos for the contest! To make sure I got your photos please visit the photo pages and make sure your photo is there (allow up to a day for me to add them). It is so much fun to see all your photos and especially all you creativity with the Lilja’s Library once. Keep them coming and if you have photos of yourself on all six pages by August 31st you have the chance to win a copy of The Folio Society’s beautifully illustrated edition of The Shining, SIGNED BY STEPHEN KING!

Click here for all info on the contest.