Brian K. Vaughan writes Under the Dome

Posted: November 8, 2011, 11:13
Showtime adaptation of Under the Dome has gotten a writer.

Originally announced in August, the Steven Spielberg-produced Showtime adaptation of Stephen King's novel Under the Dome now has a writer. Deadline reports that Brian K. Vaughan, a name very well known to genre fans, has signed on to adapt the novel for television.

Vaughan launched his career as a comic book writer and is responsible for series like "Y: The Last Man", "Ex Machina" and "Runaways". He joined the writers of "LOST" midway through the third season, leaving at the end of season five and has, since, been shopping a number of original screenplays around Hollywood. He's set to return to comics next year as well with a new ongoing series, "Saga".

Spielberg, King and DreamWorks' Stacey Snider will executive produce along with DreamWorks TV chiefs Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

Thanks to David Squyreshi and Alex Berlini

11/22/63 promo appearances

Posted: November 8, 2011, 00:35
This list of appearances was posted by the moderator on King's board. Mark your calendar.

We will add information as we receive it for other events.

November 7th

The JFK Library will web-cast this event at their site from 1:30-2:30 PM at this link. They will then have it available at their web site within another couple of weeks and we're hoping they will share a copy so we can have it on the Multimedia section here.

November 8th

The Today Show (check your local listings for times in your areas)
Stephen will be doing two segments but we don't have exact air times yet for them.

November 9th

Morning Joe (check your local listings for times in your areas)
No exact air time yet for Stephen's segment

November 11th

Hardball with Chris Matthews (check your local listings for times in your areas)
No exact air time yet for Stephen's segment

November 13th

The Today Show - Sunday edition (check your local listings for times in your areas)
No exact air time yet for Stephen's segment

NPR, Weekend Edition Sunday with Audie Cornish (check your local listings for times in your areas)
No exact air time yet for Stephen's segment

Shrunken Head Studios gets Creepshow license

Posted: November 7, 2011, 16:50
The company Shrunken Head Studios has gotten the license to the King's Creepshow. Shrunken Heads plans on doing 1:6th and 1:4th scale figures along with "some fun novelty stuff" based on some of the more popular stories in the film anthology, such as Father's Day and The Crate.

Read more here and here.

Thanks to Daniel Taylor

More info on limited 11/22/63

Posted: November 2, 2011, 15:57
The moderator of King's message board just gave us some additional info about the limited edition of 11/22/63.

"My understanding is that 850 will be going on sale. There are more that were signed (1,000 total) that are being held back for author copies and for the publisher's use."

Tip sheets are flat signed (which just means no personalization). They are not numbered editions, just signed and will not be personalized as they are being shipped out immediately and Steve does not have the time to personalize them in any case with the book tour coming up.

Howard talks Dark Tower

Posted: November 2, 2011, 11:58
Here is an interview with Ron Howard and the last question deals with The Dark Tower.

THR: What’s the future of Dark Tower?

Howard: We are continuing to work on the script to find ways to make the budget more manageable and still deliver the work in a way that the project deserves. We were always racing and fast-tracking the project, so I always wince when I see something written about it and there’s a release date in there. These kinds of projects often take years to come together in the right ways. But I am in love with the material, and the minute it can come together in the right way, I am fully committed to it. Rush was kind of like a gift. I love stories that center on fascinating characters, and here you have psychologically complex, rare human beings, and they are also young and cool -- and it’s all in this unbelievably glamorous, sexy period in the mid-’70s. And yet, in terms of emotion and the heartbeat of the story, I think they will be very relatable. If you don’t know anything about Formula One, I’m going to present it in such a way that you’ll very likely fall in love with it. If you do know Formula One, I’m going to be very respectful and deliver a film you’ll love, too.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Limited (to the US) edition of 11/22/63

Posted: November 1, 2011, 20:15
This info was sent out to members of King's email list:

11/22/63 Signed, Limited Edition
The signed limited edition of 11/22/63 will go on sale at 9 AM ET on Tuesday, November 8th. This will be available on-line only through Simon & Schuster's web site. There will be a one book per customer limit, available to consumers only, no retail accounts. This is also limited to domestic US sales only.

Price $150 plus shipping & handling. Books ship immediately

Limited time offer. Available while supplies last.

* Signed by the Author
* Chapter opening photos
* Shrink-wrapped

Personally I don't like that they are limiting this to fans in the US though, that's just wrong if you ask me...

King interview

Posted: November 1, 2011, 09:36
Apparently King is interviewed in this month's WIRED magazine as part of a "time travel" section. King talks about the new book 11/22/63. I haven't seen this one myself so I don't know about spoilers or if it's online.

Thanks to Brent Phillips

Dead of Night based on King

Posted: November 1, 2011, 09:26
Dead of Night is a stage show based on six short stories by King. They are Nona, Strawberry Spring, Harvey's Dream, The Man Who Loved Flowers, Mute and The Ten O'Clock People. Read more here

Thanks to Gordon Henderson

The Walking Dead renewed for a third season

Posted: October 26, 2011, 10:30
After only two episodes on season 2 AMC announces that they have renewed The Walking Dead for a third season. Here is the press release:

New York – October 25, 2011 - AMC announced today the renewal of “The Walking Dead” for a third season. Season two continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49 shattering a basic cable record set nearly 10 years ago for a single drama telecast (“The Dead Zone”). “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Glen Mazzara serves as series’ showrunner. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont are executive producers. Greg Nicotero is a co-executive producer.

"Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead’ shall live as we proudly renew ‘The Walking Dead’ for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels," said Charlie Collier, AMC’s President. “We are thankful for everyone’s contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make ‘The Walking Dead’ a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world.”

FOX International Channels rolled-out its global launch for “The Walking Dead” this weekend, with premieres on FIC’s cable networks in Europe, Asia, Latin American, Africa and the Middle East. The series’ international premieres delivered equally impressive results in all major international TV markets, and broke pay-TV ratings’ records across the world. Over 10 million viewers in 122 countries tuned in live to watch the second season premiere of this highly anticipated returning drama. And, FIC will once again be the international broadcasting partner for the series with Entertainment One continuing to distribute in non-FIC markets.

“Partnering with AMC on ‘The Walking Dead’ took some guts", said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP of Scripted Programming at FIC. “But at the same time was the easiest programming decision we ever made. It's rare to come across a groundbreaking TV project that is also attached to some of the best talent in town. ‘The Walking Dead’ was treated as a global event since day one and not only changed the traditional TV model but also changed our viewers' TV experience. It is now officially a global addiction with millions of fans around the globe wanting more. We are delighted to give it to them.”

“The Walking Dead” secured a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series - Drama and won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.

“The Walking Dead” received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestic and international, who heralded the series as “above all else, “The Walking Dead” hasn't lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it’s thrilling” (The Hollywood Reporter), “...with Dead’s riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills” (Us Weekly), “The Walking Dead is a feast. Dig in.” (The Guardian, UK), “It doesn’t even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards” (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany).

The Walking Dead - The Board Game

Posted: October 26, 2011, 10:29
Looks like there is a board game version of The Walking Dead. Anyone who has tried it?

In The Walking Dead Board game, only the strong survive. The weak turn into walkers, and then turn against their former friends! Fight your way through zombie-infested Atlanta with your fellow survivors. Grab some weapons to clear a path. Visit destinations like the department store, the police station, old folk's home, and the CDC. Find the tools you’ll need to live another day like weapons, allies, a car, or a swift mount. Take on the role of Rick, Andrea, or one of the other hapless survivors and scrounge for sweet weapons like a Shotgun or Crossbow. Keep your eyes open for new allies, but watch your back! When supplies start running low, it’s every man for himself. If you can make it back to camp with enough gear to defend yourself and those you still care for, you win!

Should you fall to the hungry horde of walkers, the game doesn't end. When a player dies and becomes a walker, they leave the world of the living behind and seek out the remaining survivors. Spring surprise attacks on the living, cause the walkers to frenzy, or contaminate the survivor’s supplies. Put the bite on your former friends and they’ll join you in your pursuit of the living. As a survivor, you'll work as a team with your remaining buddy to ensure the camp site stays protected. Share weapons and other resources. The fate of the human race is in your hands, either as a survivor or a walker. Test your surival skills and fight to live another day with The Walking Dead Board Game from Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Read more here.

Dark Tower heading for HBO?

Posted: October 25, 2011, 22:42
Is The Dark Tower moving to HBO? Well, according to Brian Grazer it is. This is what he told MTV:

"We're going to do ['The Dark Tower'] with HBO," Grazer told us. "We'll do the TV with HBO, and we'll do the movie with… to be determined. We'll do it right."

If this is correct it's very good news. HBO is known for thir solid work and huge successes.

Read more here.

Thanks to Gordon W. Olson

30 min long excertp from 11/22/63

Posted: October 25, 2011, 14:07
Entertainment Weekly has published a 30 minutes long excerpt from 11/22/63. You can enjoy it here.

Beware though that it's taken from a bit into the book. Just a warning to those of you that wants to read it from the beginning...

Thanks to Ari

Bag of Bones tie-in cover

Posted: October 25, 2011, 13:27
Here is the cover for the US movie tie-in edition of Bag of Bones that's being released on December 6.

The Walking Dead Chronicles

Posted: October 24, 2011, 23:36
I got this interesting book in the mail today...

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This book is a must for all fans of the series. It's like the bonus material on a DVD but in book form.

The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book is the only authorized, behind-the-scenes guide to Season One of the white-hot new AMC television series, The Walking Dead, which tells the story of a sheriff’s deputy leading a band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the undead.

Focusing on the making of the first season of the Golden Globe–nominated TV show, as well as the creation of the New York Times bestselling comic book on which the series is based, The Walking Dead Chronicles is lav­ishly illustrated with never-before-seen unit photography, storyboards, set designs, makeup and visual effects shots, and page-to-screen comparisons of the comic and TV show. Featuring new interviews with series creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer Frank Darabont, as well as the cast and crew, the book also includes sidebars that serve as a detailed episode guide, reproducing excerpts from early drafts and final scripts, and revealing new direc­tions for the second season and beyond.

A finished copy of 11/22/63

Posted: October 24, 2011, 22:53
Today I got a finished copy of the UK edition of 11/22/63 and let me tell you, it was really nice to have a new King book in my hands.