NEWS - 1408

11/22/63 To Air In About A Year

Posted: March 17, 2015, 23:50
According to this interview with Hulu’s ad boss Peter Naylor 11/22/63 will probably premier around this time next year, if not a little earlier. Read the full interview here.

"So how are you planning to sell "11/22/63" to advertisers?

"11/22/63" will probably be out around this time next year, if not a little earlier. Maybe January. So we've got time. The principal photography starts in May in both Dallas and Toronto. A lot of things we're thinking about include pretty conventional ideas like integration, sponsorship and looking at -- for lack of a better word -- shoulder programming, or webisodic programming. Just short-form stuff. Our menu would be things like "Anatomy of a Scene," "Anatomy of an Episode," director's cuts. None of that has been set, but that's the menu we'll be looking at with our partners at Warner Bros. They know that we cut the show with conventional commercial breaks. And we're going to want to do what most big TV does, which again is integrations, sponsorships and shoulder programming. There's one thing that I'm thinking about that I can't reveal before the upfronts."

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

1408 review

Posted: October 2, 2007, 00:00
Here is my review of the DVD editions of 1408.

1408 game

Posted: September 30, 2007, 00:40
Here is info about a 1408 game:

DALLAS, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fifty-six people have met their doom in the Dolphin Hotel's haunted Room 1408. Now, just in time for the Halloween season, BLOCKBUSTER(R) is giving consumers the room key to see if they'll be next. The online game "1408 Room & Doom," inspired by the fictional movie "1408" starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, launches today along with a sweepstakes at Both the game and sweepstakes highlight that BLOCKBUSTER will have exclusive rentals and alternate endings of the Weinstein Company film "1408" when it is released on DVD on Oct. 2.

Now through Halloween, "1408 Room & Doom" will pit players against the evil forces of Room 1408. There is only one way to escape: to find the hidden key releasing them from the room. Players will experience eerie flashbacks from scenes from the movie and, if they are unable to outwit the evil room, one of several unpleasant fates. Like in the movie and the Stephen King short story it's based on, a clock counts down the seconds until your untimely death.

Players who survive the psychological onslaught of Room 1408 will receive one of three bonus experiences. These include a special "1408" wallpaper download or a sneak peak at an alternate ending to the movie, otherwise available only on rentals from BLOCKBUSTER. In a third experience, players can watch a trailer and behind-the-scenes footage of "The Mist," a Frank Darabont-directed horror film also based on a Stephen King thriller coming to theaters Nov. 21.

Those who want to share the "1408 Room & Doom" game experience can email a postcard to a friend with the ominous warning sent to John Cusack's character in the movie: "Don't Enter 1408."

The game is available online at through Oct. 31. Those who play "1408 Room & Doom" also have the option of entering the "1408 Room & Doom" sweepstakes. Prizes include a grand prize trip for two to New York City, which is the setting for the movie "1408," or American Express(R) gift cards. No purchase is necessary, nor is participation in the game or BLOCKBUSTER membership required to enter the sweepstakes. Entries must be made by Oct. 14.

The "1408 Room & Doom" game and sweepstakes highlight the psychological fright film "1408" and two alternate endings that will be available exclusively on rentals from BLOCKBUSTER beginning Oct. 2. Those who want to see if John Cusack's character lives, dies or somewhere in between can rent "1408" at BLOCKBUSTER stores or online at

"1408", released by Genius Products, is part of an agreement that provides Blockbuster Inc. with exclusive U.S. rental rights to The Weinstein Company's theatrical and direct-to-video movies. Other recent Weinstein Company releases made available for rent exclusively through Blockbuster include "Miss Potter" starring Renee Zellweger, the ensemble feature "Bobby" from Emilio Estevez and the "Grindhouse" double feature including Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" and Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror."

Thanks to Bev Vincent

1408 preview

Posted: September 25, 2007, 21:48
Here is a preview from the 1408 DVD that is being released on October 2nd.

Click on play to see the trailer.

1408 DVD trailer

Posted: September 14, 2007, 22:07
Here is a trailer for the 1408 DVD that is being released on October 2nd.

Click on play to see the trailer.

King about 1408

Posted: June 19, 2007, 16:49
A message from Stephen regarding 1408

It's a pleasure to be able to recommend 1408, the Dimension Pictures adaptation of my story. It stars John Cusack and opens this Friday. This is a genuinely disquieting movie--the damn thing gets under your skin and just CRAWLS there. For one thing, what could be more terrifying than a man haunted by The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun?" I doubt if you'll hear much screaming in the theater (I could be wrong about that), but a lot of people are going to be sleeping with the lights on when it's over.


1408 interview

Posted: June 18, 2007, 22:30
Here is an interview with John Cusack and Samuel Jackson about 1408.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

1408 premier

Posted: June 14, 2007, 15:16
Here is a photo from the premier of 1408 Westwood, California.

Thanks to Ari

Clips from 1408

Posted: June 11, 2007, 15:18
Here you can check out 8 clips from 1408.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Alternate ending and DVD

Posted: June 11, 2007, 15:16
Bloody-Disgusting has some news about the eniding and DVD edition of 1408:

Star Mary McCormack spilled the beans to Bloody-Disgusting that there were two ending shot for 1408, one that spells out a different fate for John Cusack's character Mike Enslin, who finds himself trapped in a haunted hotel room with the clock counting down from 60:00.

Director Mikael Håfström, who tells us is a big fan of Bloody-Disgusting, confirmed the news also adding that the other ending was too much of a "downer". He also tells us that the DVD will contain numerous deleted scenes.

Thanks to SLL

Hafstrom talks 1408

Posted: June 11, 2007, 08:56
Cinemablend has a podcast with Mikael Hafstrom, director of 1408.

Thanks to Louis Sytsma

1408 pushed up

Posted: May 11, 2007, 14:11
1408 has been pushed up a few weeks to June 22nd so that is won’t have to compete with the new Harry Potter movie.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

1408 reviews

Posted: May 6, 2007, 23:43
Here are two positive reviews of 1408.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

1408 photos

Posted: May 2, 2007, 21:27
Here are some photos from 1408.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Interview with Mikael Håfström

Posted: January 29, 2007, 23:55
With the premier of 1408 getting closer I got a chance to talk to director Mikael Håfström about the movie. You can see what he had to say here.

Review of 1408

Posted: January 27, 2007, 20:02
Here is an early review of 1408.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson.

1408 on Entertainment Tonight

Posted: January 25, 2007, 15:49
Bev Vincent had the following to report on his message board today:

There's supposed to be a sneak peek about 1408 on Entertainment Tonight today. I've also heard that the movie will preview at Fangoria's Weekend Of Horrors in Chicago the weekend of Feb 23rd.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

1408 now filming...

Posted: August 16, 2006, 15:04
Looks like 1408 really is about to start shooting:

In an interview this week, Samuel L. Jackson sez:

What are you doing next?

I’m heading to London on Sunday to do 1408. Stephen King short story. Horror film. With John Cusack. I’ll be done with that in a couple of weeks.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Mary checks in and Kate checks out

Posted: August 14, 2006, 15:49
Mary McCormack has replaced Kate Walsh in 1408:

Mary McCormack has checked into Dimension Films' Stephen King adaptation "1408," about a haunted hotel.

"Grey's Anatomy" star Kate Walsh has exited due to skedding conflicts with her ABC/Touchstone TV skein. Touchstone had warned her that the series schedule would have to take precedence over any outside role, but the actress accepted the film hoping that something could be worked out.

"1408" is set to shoot in mid-July in the U.K.

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson topline the pic about a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into the notorious room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel.

Walsh was to play Cusack's ex-wife.

McCormack's credits include "The West Wing" and "ER." She's also appearing in Lionsgate's upcoming dirty-bomb thriller "Right at Your Door."

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Kate Walsh in 1408

Posted: July 12, 2006, 21:06
Bloody Disgusting reports that Kate Walsh joins Cusack and Jackson in 1408.

"Grey's Anatomy" star Kate Walsh has signed on to star opposite John Cusack in Dimension Films' bigscreen Stephen King adaptation 1408, according to Variety. The film, which goes before the cameras this summer in the U.K., also will star Samuel L. Jackson. Cusack plays a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into the notorious Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Walsh plays his ex-wife and mother of his young daughter. Mikael Hafstrom ("Derailed") is helming the pic, penned by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Matt Greenberg wrote the original script. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing. King's "1408" short story originally was part of an audio book and was subsequently published in the collection "Everything's Eventual."

1408 to permier on May 18th, 2007

Posted: May 19, 2006, 21:32
Bloody Disgusting reports that 1408 has gotten a release date...May 18th, 2007.

Good news though as Mikael Hafstrom's 1408 has been given a May 18th, 2007 date. "1408" is the tale of a debunker of paranormal occurrences (John Cusack) who encounters real terror when he checks into the notorious Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Samuel Jackson (Snakes on a Plane) also stars.

Thanks to Bloody Disgusting

Interview with Mikael Håfström

Posted: April 13, 2006, 18:58
As you know Swedish director Mikael Håfström is making a movie out of King’s short story 1408. I checked in with Håfström and asked some questions about it. You can read what he said here.

Samuel L. Jackson checks into 1408

Posted: April 4, 2006, 10:19
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Samuel L. Jackson has checked into 1408, the Dimension Films adaptation of the Stephen King short story. Variety says that shooting begins in the summer.

Mikael Håfström (Derailed) will direct and John Cusack stars as a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into the notorious Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Jackson plays the hotel manager.

Matt Greenberg wrote the original script and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski did the rewrite. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing.

The short story was originally published in the collection Blood and Smoke.

Thanks to Alex Gadd

John Cusack checks into 1408

Posted: March 9, 2006, 14:21
John Cusack will star in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's short story "1408" for helmer Mikael Hafstrom, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dimension Films.

Penned by "The People vs. Larry Flynt" scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, pic centers on a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into notorious Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel.

Pic will lense this summer. Location is yet to be determined.

"This film is so much a one-man show," Hafstrom told Daily Variety. "It's quite a contained drama. It is a horror film if you want to put a label on it, but the way I see it, it's much more an inner-journey of this character."

Hafstrom previously helmed the Weinstein Co.'s "Derailed."

"1408" originally appeared as a King audio book, called "Blood and Smoke," and was subsequently included in King's 2002 short story collection "Everything's Eventual."

Cusack's casting comes on the heels of Dimension buying rights to King's latest novel "Cell" for Eli Roth to direct.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The return of 1408

Posted: October 26, 2005, 22:37
1408 is back. As I reported some years ago it was supposed to be done by Eli Roth, but he is now out of the project and this is a new script, new director but the same film studio:

Dimension Enters King's '1408'

Dimension has set helmer Mikael Hafstrom and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for a horror movie based on Stephen King's short story "1408." The script by Matt Greenberg is being rewritten by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

The story revolves around a man specializing in debunking paranormal occurrences who meets his match when he checks into the notorious room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. There he encounters true terror.

The short story appeared in the King audio book Blood and Smoke and later in the King anthology Everything's Eventual, published in 2002.

Alexander and Karaszewski together have scripted such films as The People vs. Larry Flynt and Ed Wood.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Dimension reserves King’s “1408”

Posted: November 7, 2003, 22:21
Dimension has bought the film rights to 1408. Here is a report about it from Fangoria:

November 6: Dimension reserves King’s “1408”

Variety reports that Dimension has bought the film rights to Stephen King’s story “1408,” which appeared in the author’s audiobook collection BLOOD AND SMOKE and then in the print anthology EVERYTHING’S EVENTUAL, and will turn it into a feature. The tale tells of a successful writer of spooky fiction who encounters real terror when he checks into the titular room of the Dolphin Hotel. We had previously reported here that Eli Roth was scripting a film based on this story, but now Matt Greenberg, who worked on the scripts for HALLOWEEN: H20 and MIMIC, among others, for Dimension, is penning the adaptation. Former Warner Bros. honcho Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing through his new company.

Thanks to Mike Cahill and Johnny Butane.

Eli Roth to do 1408

Posted: March 12, 2003, 22:19
Ain't it cool news reports that Eli Roth has signed on to do a movie of King's short story 1408. Here is what they said:

He’s featured in the new PREMIERE as one of the saviors of horror cinema, he just signed to adapt Stephen King’s short story “1408” for Radar Pictures (a great gig, since that story gives a filmmaker all sorts of incredible opportunities), and just yesterday, we reported on his collaboration with Richard Kelly as they both adapt Richard Matheson’s “The Box.”

The movie was also mentioned in Fangoria.

“I’m also adapting a Stephen King short story called ‘1408,’ which I'm really excited about,” Roth continues. This tale, issued as part of the BLOOD AND SMOKE audiobooks read by King himself, is about a true-horror author spending the night in the titular haunted hotel room, where over 30 people have supposedly died. “King has been my favorite author ever since I was old enough to read, so to adapt one of his stories into a feature film is a true honor. I will write and direct it, and Lorenzo DiBonaventura, who used to be the head of Warner Brothers, will produce it.”

Thanks to 'Bones, Linda and Bev Vincent.