Cary Fukunaga Leaves IT

Posted: May 25, 2015, 22:56
Looks like Cary Fukunaga is leaving the remake of IT and now the Movie(s) once more is pushed indefinitely...

Cary Fukunaga is out as the director of New Line’s two-part adaptation of Stephen King‘s “It,” which will not move forward as planned this summer and has been pushed indefinitely, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap.

Insiders tell TheWrap that “True Detective” director Fukunaga repeatedly clashed with the studio and did not want to compromise his artistic vision in the wake of budget cuts that were recently demanded by New Line, which greenlit the first film at $30 million. The situation came to a head over Memorial Day weekend, leading to Fukunaga’s abrupt exit from the ambitious project.

It’s unclear whether New Line will hire a new director to immediately take over the project or go back to the drawing board for an entirely new approach, but one insider told TheWrap that “It” was dead as currently constituted. A studio insider acknowledged the film has been pushed indefinitely but did not go into the specifics of Fukunaga’s exit.

Full story here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma, Matty Jorissen and Anders Jakobson.

Ep 44: A Very Fine Episode About King Books

Posted: May 25, 2015, 16:49

With your hosts - longtime Faithful Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 44 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Your co-hosts Hans Lilja & Lou Sytsma learn about the state of Stephen King collectible / limited edition books. We do so by talking to Emmanuel Manetakis of Veryfinebooks. Find out how rare some King books are as well as how to spot fake copies! All this and more.

Veryfinebooks -

Stephen King related books -

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1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:57 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:41 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
4) 20:37 - Interview - Emmanuel Manetakis of Veryfinebooks
5) 1:31:07 - Sign Off
6) 1:31:47 - Outre


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11/22/63 to be filmed at Queen's Tavern in Ayr

Posted: May 25, 2015, 16:29
Maybe that's why producers of the new Stephen King time-travel miniseries "11.22.63" appear poised to rent out this quaint, but quirky Stanley Street establishment — an old speakeasy where packs of university students have been known to launch D.U.S.T.E.D. (Drink Unsuspecting Small-Town Establishment Dry) raids of Tommyknocker mischief.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Questions To Be Answered In Season 3

Posted: May 19, 2015, 23:28
This sounds to me like they are getting ready to end the show...

“We will tell you why the dome came down and what it’s about,” the EP confirmed, adding that by the end of Season 3, “you’ll know exactly why this happened the way that it happened.”
- Neal Baer and Tim Sclattmann during a CBS summer press event.

More here.

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T.R. Knight joins 11/22/63

Posted: May 18, 2015, 22:25
T.R. Knight joins joins the cast for 11/22/63. Knight will play Johnny Clayton, a salesman in 1960s Texas who can't quite break up with his estranged wife, Sadie Dunhill (Sarah Gadon), even as she falls in love with Jake. Charismatic but controlling, Johnny confronts Jake in a tense encounter that puts Jake's double life at risk. But there's equal danger in what will happen if Jake and Sadie expose Johnny's own secrets.

11/22/63 will air on Hulu in 2016.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma.

Plot & Photos From Season 3

Posted: May 18, 2015, 09:21
Here are some photos from episode 1 and 3 from season 3 of Under the Dome.

UNDER THE DOME, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. In the weeks following the Dome’s descent on the sleepy town of Chester’s Mill, the inhabitants have been forced to adapt. Combating Dome- and man-made threats daily, the community rises to new heights of ingenuity, courage and, for some, darkness, in order to survive their post-apocalyptic isolation. Just as the town’s quest for answers reveals a seemingly viable path to freedom, everything the residents think they know about the Dome and its motivations is turned upside down. Again facing an uncertain future, the citizens of Chester’s Mill begin to realize their true destiny as the Dome reveals more of its ultimate agenda for them. As new dangers emerge, battle lines are drawn that will alter relationships in ways none of them could imagine. For this town, the true threat to the human spirit’s resilience is no longer just the invisible dome that has cut them off from civilization – but it is the enemy within.

Begins its third season Thursday, June 25 on the CBS Television Network

King at the Edgar Awards

Posted: May 15, 2015, 14:34
Here are two videos from the Edgar Awards. In the first King accepts his Edgar Award for Mr Mercedes and in the second he present the Ellery Queen Award to Charles Ardai.

If you turn down a good idea you’re a fucking asshole.
- Stephen King accepting his Edgar Awards for Mr Mercedes.

Thanks to Adam Sheets

Drunken Firework; A One-of-a-Kind Audio Event

Posted: May 13, 2015, 00:03
Simon & Schuster Audio and PLAY.IT will turn Drunken Firework into a one-of-a-kind audio publishing event by sharing Drunken Firework with listeners nationwide. CBS RADIO stations in more than 20 major markets across the US will drive tune-in to the special event on which takes place July 2nd.

Read the entire press release here.

“Great stories are often better when told out loud,” said King. “This event is a cool way for more people to discover just how fun listening to my stories can be.”

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Plot For Drunken Fireworks

Posted: May 12, 2015, 23:49
Plot for Drunken Fireworks:

Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.

Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court that Alden’s Ma says is paid for by “ill-gotten gains” courtesy of Massimo Construction. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what over the next few years comes to be known as the 4th of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly rivalry – one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail.

In The Tall Grass as a Movie

Posted: May 7, 2015, 17:03
Joblo reports that In The Tall Grass is being turned into a Movie.

Vincenzo Natali, the brilliant director behind CUBE, SPLICE, and HAUNTER (not to mention episodes of NBC's "Hannibal" and Netflix's "Hemlock Grove) is set to bring us an adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill's novella IN THE TALL GRASS, which will be kicking off pre-sales in Cannes next week, according to Screen Daily.

Natali adapted the screenplay from the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, which first appeared as a story in Esquire. Paradigm represents US rights to the project.

Steve Hoban of Copperheart, which is producing in association with Mosaic Media, serves as producer and Gloria Fan is executive producer. Principal photography is scheduled for September in the Toronto area.

Thanks to Adam Sheets

Ask Away in the Next Podcast

Posted: May 5, 2015, 09:17
In the next podcast (recorded on May 12) we’ll have Emmanuel Manetakis from Veryfinebooks as our guest. He will answer all your questions about collecting King and limited King books. All you have to do is post them here on facebook or twitter and we’ll bring them to him. So, come-on and post your questions, anything goes!

IT Remake Finds Its Pennywise

Posted: May 4, 2015, 23:38
Coming Soon reported today that the remake of IT might have found it's Pennywise.

Will Poulter, best known for his roles in The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Maze Runner, has landed a major part in a very different kind of literary adaptation. According to Variety, the We’re the Millers star is currently in negotiations to play Pennywise the clown in the upcoming two-part remake of Stephen King’s IT. Cary Fukunaga, the Emmy-winning director behind the first season of HBO’s “True Detective,” is directing and co-writing.

Poulter, who also stars in Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, reportedly blew Fukunaga away with his IT audition, so audiences should be in for a treat when the two-part adaptation finally hits the screen.

Fukunaga wrote the screenplay for the films with Chase Palmer and David Kajganich. Dan Lin, David Katzenberg, Doug Davison and Seth Grahame-Smith are attached to serve as producers.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma, Troy Tradup and Douglas Dowie

First Piece of Bazaar Cover

Posted: May 1, 2015, 22:59
Throughout May, the cover artwork for Bazzar of Bad Dreams will be revealed on the following dates:
May 1st, 8th, 12th, 15th, and 22nd. Look for a new piece at 3pm EDT on those dates. Here is the first piece.

Eriq La Salle Cast in Under the Dome

Posted: April 24, 2015, 10:21
ER alum Eriq La Salle will have double duty in CBS’ summer drama series Under The Dome. He’s been cast in a lead role for Season 3 and will direct episode 9.He previously directed an episode of Season 2. La Salle will play Hektor Martin, a ruthless CEO of the energy company run by Barbie’s (Mike Vogel) father.

King and Straub Talks Talisman & Black House

Posted: April 24, 2015, 02:31
King and Straub talks about The Talisman and Black House.

Peter Straub commented that he and King were bouncing ideas for Talisman 3 revolving around the Starkweather Murders. He read a book called "Redheaded Peckerwood is a work with a tragic underlying narrative – the story of 19 year old Charles Starkweather and 14 year old Caril Ann Fugate who murdered ten people"

Thanks to Randall Flagg and Papaseraphim

The Suicide Prince

Posted: April 22, 2015, 15:34
The big scoop yesterday at the event at St. Francis College was that the working title of the third book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy is The Suicide Prince.

Thanks to Herbert West

Ep 43: The Other Carries

Posted: April 21, 2015, 17:00

With your hosts - longtime Faithful Reader - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 43 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Your co-hosts Hans Lilja & Lou Sytsma review the other Carrie movies you may may not be aware of:

1) The Bryan Fuller - of the Hannibal TV series fame - 2002 TV movie adaptation
2) The Rage: Carrie2 - the 1999 theatrical sequel

Find out what we thought of them!

Shout! Factory
Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 [Double Feature] Blu Ray

Plus we kick off our discussions of Richard Chizmar's - owner of Cemetery Dance Magazine and Publications - thoughts on reading all the Stephen King novels over at - Stephen King Revisited.

We start with at the beginning with Carrie.

Stephen King Revisited article links:

1) How Carrie Happened by Bev Vincent
2) King, Carrie, and a Religious Revelation by Ray Garton
3) Carrie: The Curious Case of George Chizmar by Richard Chizmar
4) Revisiting Carrie by Richard Chizmar

As always, we bring you the latest Stephen King news.

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1) 00:00 - Intro

2) 00:57 - Podcast Setup

3) 01:18 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News

4) 29:20 - Reviews From The NightShift - The Other Carries

5) 1:05:39 - Stephen King Revisited - Carrie

6) 1:28:04 - Sign Off

7) 37:08 - Outre


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Full list of stories for The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Posted: April 20, 2015, 15:56
Here is the full list of stories in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams:

Author’s note
1. Mile 81 – Scribner e.
2. Premium Harmony – 2009 New Yorker
3. Batman and Robin Have an Altercation – Harpers 2012
4. The Dune – Granta 2011
5. Bad Little Kid – New; Serial
6. A Death
7. The Bone Church – poem
8. Morality – Esquire 2009
9. Afterlife – Tin House 2013
10. Ur – 2009 Amazon e.
11. Herman Wouk is Still Alive – The Atlantic 2011
12. Under the Weather – Mass Market FDNS
13. Blockade Billy – Scribner e.
14. Mister Yummy – New; Serial
15. Tommy – Playboy poetry
16. The Little Green God of Agony – A Book of Horrors 2011
17. That Bus is Another World - Esquire
18. Obits – New; Serial
19. Drunken Fireworks
20. Summer Thunder – Cemetery Dance 2013


Sony & MRC to fast track The Dark Tower Movie

Posted: April 10, 2015, 20:16
Sony Pictures has teamed with MRC to co-finance The Dark Tower. Sony will distribute what is planned to be the first in a series of movies. A complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.

The new script is primarily based on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, and the relationship between Roland and Jake. The film is a blend of horror and fantasy. The latest draft of the script is co-written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. It was totally reconceived by Goldsman and Pinkner from the version that had been previously developed and which took root first at Universal and later at Warner Bros. Goldsman is producing through his Weed Road with Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins, and I believe the author is also in a producing capacity. Pinkner will be exec producer.

Sony and MRC will go right out after filmmakers with this script, and put this on the fast track that hard-core fans of King’s book have long desired. Numerous stars including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have eyed the role of the gunslinger, but that role won’t be filled until after the director is set.

King, who options his works for $1 and likes to see progress, has been incredibly patient as this mammoth project — it’s his answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels — has taken its time and its twists and turns. He’s sparked about where the project is now.

“I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen,” he said in a statement. “Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.”

Tom RothmanSaid Rothman: “There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with The Dark Tower. I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we love the direction that Akiva and Jeff have taken. This is a great opportunity for a director to put his or her stamp on a cool global franchise.”

Source: Deadline.

Finders Keepers Broadside - Collectors Item

Posted: April 9, 2015, 10:15
Found this in the ”2015 Independent Bookstore Day Catalog”. Apparently there are only 1,500 of them out there and they will be used for the Independent Bookstore Day on May 2nd. So, go hunting all you collectors! And if anyone should get an extra copy please let me know as I would love to get my hands on one...

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Casting Announced For 11/22/63

Posted: April 7, 2015, 20:54
Here is the cast for the upcoming 11/22/63.

Chris Cooper (Al Templeton) - The irascible owner of Al’s diner, a mentor/friend to Jake. His appeal to save Kennedy sends Jake on his incredible mission.

Sarah Gadon (Sadie Dunhill) - Sadie is the luminous, sharp librarian in 1960s Jodie, Texas. She falls in love with Jake, unaware of his double life.

Cherry Jones (Marguerite Oswald) - Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother. She is as needy and difficult as her infamous son.

Daniel Webber (Lee Harvey Oswald) - One of the most discussed figures in American history and an enigma even to himself.

George MacKay (Bill Turcotte) - A young, guileless bartender from 1960s Kentucky, Bill becomes Jake’s ally.

Lucy Fry (Marina Oswald) - Lee Harvey Oswald’s Russian wife. She is a knockout and challenged to make her way in a foreign country with her unpredictable husband.

Leon Rippy (Harry Dunning) - A kind, soft-spoken and damaged janitor at Jake’s school in 2015; his traumatic early life in the 1960’s has a surprising impact on Jake.

James Franco (Jake Epping) - A high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on the fateful date in American history.

Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two hours of the nine-hour event series.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Sarah Gadon To Star In 11/22/63

Posted: April 7, 2015, 11:55
reports that Sarah Gadon will play Sadie in 11/22/63.

Sarah Gadon will star in 11/22/63, based on the 2011 bestseller from Stephen King about Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and a past that doesn’t want to be changed. Gadon plays the statuesque, smart and outspoken Sadie, a librarian at the Texas school Jake works at.

Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland) is directing the first two hours of the miniseres, with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot producing. Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road) has adapted the novel.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

IT Filmed in Bangor?

Posted: April 1, 2015, 15:24
The crew from the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT has been in Bangor to scope out potential filming locations. This was reported by Bangor Daily News yesterday and apparently Stu Tinker owner and operator of SK Tours, the official Stephen King tour of Bangor, took a production designer on a tour of the city on Monday.