Isabelle Fuhrman Joins Stephen King’s ‘The Cell’

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 11:08am PST
Mike Fleming

fuhrmanEXCLUSIVE: Isabelle Fuhrman, who played memorable baddies in both The Hunger Games and Orphan, has landed the female lead opposite Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack in The Cell. The film is an adaptation of the Stephen KingRead More »

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AFM: Samuel L. Jackson Boards Stephen King ‘CELL’ Adaptation

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 11:23am PST

John Cusack has a new co-star for the almost end of the world. Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company said today that Samuel L. Jackson has joined their adaptation of Stephen King’s novel CELL.Read More »

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Syfy’s ‘Haven’ Gets Graphic Novel Treatment In Season 3 DVD Release

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 7:07pm PDT

Fans of the Syfy supernatural drama won’t have to wait until Haven returns for a fourth season on September 13 to learn what happened right after the explosive Season 3 finale. The Season 3 DVD set of the series will include an exclusive Haven: After The Storm mini-graphic novel. With 100,000 copies printed, the 16-page comic details the immediate aftershock of the meteor-falling season ender on the mysterious town of Haven, Maine. Among other things, that finale saw FBI agent-turned-local cop Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and the Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) character disappear into a vanishing barn. The DVD set comes out on September 3, and the graphic novel won’t be available anywhere else. The “Thanks For The Memories” episode of the eOne- and Big Motion Pictures-produced series, based on Stephen King’s 2005 novella The Colorado Kid, aired on January 17. The upcoming Season 4 of Haven actually picks up six months after the events of Season 3 finale, so the graphic novel partially bridges the gap between cycles.  Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Carrie’ Remake

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 3:04pm PDT

The second trailer for MGM/Screen Gems’ Carrie remake may spoil all the iconic scenes from the 1976 original. But Sissy Spacek’s telekinetic heroine never had to deal with mean girls in the cell phone age. Chloe Moretz stars as Stephen King‘s misfit teen opposite … Read More »

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Scott Cooper Replacing Ben Affleck As Director Of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Warner Bros has set Scott Cooper to re-write and direct The Stand, the seminal post-apocalyptic Stephen King novel. That means that while the studio has Ben Affleck as its new Caped Crusader for Batman Vs. Superman, Affleck has withdrawn from The Stand. He had been set in late 2011 to write the script and direct. Affleck is busy directing and starring in his scripted adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night for Warner Bros.

Warner Bros is teamed on the project with CBS Films, which is co-producing and co-presenting and possibly financing the project together. Dave Kajganich wrote the first draft. Published in 1978, the mammoth novel covered a biological apocalyptic disaster that decimated the population. The survivors then had to try and piece together a new form of humanity and it became a good vs evil struggle, with elements of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. King was at his best, both in creating depictions of the demise of civilization and in the arcs of characters good and bad who became important in a new order. The novel is so sprawling that I always wondered how it could be compressed into a feature, and it was turned into a solid miniseries. Now, Cooper will try to mount what for Warner Bros continues to be a big priority project. Read More »

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‘Under the Dome’ Premiere Jumps To 17.76 Million With DVR Viewing

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 3:25pm PDT

Under The Dome jumped to 17.76 million viewers and a 4.6 rating in the demo for its premiere, now that seven days worth of DVR playback has been added in by Nielsen, CBS reported today. The … Read More »

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CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Licensed In 200 International Markets

CBS‘ limited summer series Under The Dome bows in the U.S. on June 24. It’s also headed to 200 overseas markets, CBS Studios International said today. The 13-episode adaptation of the Stephen King novel is set … Read More »

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Anthony LaPaglia Joins ‘A Good Marriage’

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 12:02pm PDT

Anthony LaPagliaEXCLUSIVE:  Anthony LaPaglia has signed on for the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s A Good Marriage. The Without A Trace alumni will play Bob Anderson in the film, based on the 2010 novella by … Read More »

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National Magazine Awards Unveiled

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 9:10am PDT

New York was named Magazine of The Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors last night, while National Geographic took four Ellies, including a pair for digital media. Among the notables honored: The Mother Jones exclusive that featured the now-infamous “Romney 47 percent” video that helped define the 2012 presidential election won in the Video category, and The Atlantic won for Website. Stephen King won his second National Magazine Award, this one for the Harper’s Magazine fiction piece “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation”. Here’s the full list of winners:

NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS 2013 WINNERS

Magazine of the Year
New York
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
Ben Williams, Online Editorial Director

May 28, October 22 and November 12 Print and iPad Editions
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‘House Of Cards’ Kristen Connolly Joins Adaptation Of King Novella ‘Good Marriage’

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 7:18pm PDT

Joan Allen has a new co-star in A Good Marriage. Kristen Connolly has joined the cast of the adaptation of the 2010 Stephen King novella. Currently reprising her role as congressional aide Christina Gallagher in … Read More »

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Stephen King Options Upcoming Novel ‘Joyland’ To ‘The Help’ Helmer Tate Taylor

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 2:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tate Taylor, who launched his writing and directing career by getting the option on The Help before author Kathryn Stockett was done writing it, has gotten himself on the ground floor of another sure-fire bestseller. Taylor has been granted an option by Stephen King to adapt and direct Joyland, the King novel that will be published in June. Taylor will adapt to direct, and John Norris will produce through his Wyolah Films banner. Taylor will also produce.

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of a college student who moonlights as a carnival worker. There, he confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will forever change his life. It’s got all the makings of a King potboiler, with crime, mystery, ghosts and a creepy carnival setting. The book is being published through Hard Case Crime, the line of pulp-styled crime paperbacks published by Titan Books. Read More »

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot To Option Stephen King Novel ’11/22/63′ For TV Series

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 4:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

J.J. AbramsBad Robot is in negotiations for the rights to Stephen King‘s bestselling 2011 novel 11/22/63. The deal is being done through Warner Bros TV, where Bad Robot is under a deal. I … Read More »

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Natalie Martinez & Alex Koch Cast In CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Series

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Among the barrage of pilot pickups this evening, CBS closed two casting deals for Under The Dome, its 13-episode summer series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. Natalie Martinez and Alex Koch have joined the show based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel. Under The Dome is set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away. Read More »

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CBS Orders ‘Under The Dome’ Series From Steven Spielberg & Stephen King; Neal Baer To Run, Niels Arden Oplev To Direct

By | Thursday November 29, 2012 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

In a departure from its signature drama procedurals, CBS has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King‘s Under The Dome, a drama based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel, which will be produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Television. The series will air next summer and will mark CBS’ biggest effort with original scripted fare in the off-season in years with Under The Dome and Unforgettable. Under The Dome tells the story of a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away. I hear the project’s writer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) kept the general conceit and many of the characters from the book but also introduced new characters as regulars and tweaked some details and backstory for the existing ones. I hear King has blessed all the changes. As for the book’s much-talked-about ending, which has divided King fans, I hear the series won’t follow it, and as in success, CBS would like to do another season.

CBS landed Under The Dome in turnaround. The supernatural thriller was originally set up at pay cable sibling Showtime in August 2011. When Amblin sensed the project was not moving forward at Showtime, they asked the network to release it and took it out to the broadcast networks. In an effort to keep the show in the family, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins, who liked the project despite feeling it was not right for Showtime, recommended it to his CBS counterpart Nina Tassler, who was interested. The network subsequently laid the show off at CBS TV Studios, which will produce it with Amblin; attached veteran Neal Baer, who is under an overall deal at CBS  Studios, as showrunner; and brought in original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev to direct the first episode. The network has history with Oplev — in his U.S. debut, he directed the pilot of the CBS procedural Unforgettable, which coincidentally will be Under The Dome‘s companion on the CBS summer schedule unless the network changes its plans. “This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event,” Tassler said. Read More »

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‘Sinister’s Blumhouse And Scott Derrickson Re-Team On Stephen King Novella ‘Breathing Method’

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 2:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Hot off an $18 million opening-weekend gross of Sinister that was six times its $3 million budget, Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse has teamed with Sinister director and co-writer Scott Derrickson on a screen adaptation of the Stephen King novella The Breathing Method. They’ve secured an option on King’s work from the author, and the script will be written by Scott Teems. They haven’t yet set it for financing.

The novella was part of the 1982 King collection Different Seasons and is the only story in the volume that hasn’t been adapted. If focuses on an elderly physician named Dr. Emlyn McCarron, who recounts an incident in his career of a patient who was determined to give birth to her illegitimate child, despite her financial difficulties and the social stigma in the 1930s. The patient turns to the doctor because of the book he has written about the Breathing Method, a system to help women through childbirth. She grows close with the doctor, who finds that she is so determined to have the child through the method that she lingers on even after a horrific accident on the way to the hospital. Read More »

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‘Ted’ Backer MRC In Talks To Finance Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Media Rights Capital is in serious talks to take on The Dark Tower after Warner Bros declined to make what potentially amounts to three feature films and two limited run TV series. MRC’s Modi Wiczyk is a … Read More »

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Justin Long In Talks For Stephen King’s ‘The Ten O’Clock People’

EXCLUSIVE:  Justin Long is in negotiations for the lead role in The Ten O’clock People. The Live Free Or Die Hard actor would play Brandon Pearson in the modernized adaptation of the Stephen King short story. As … Read More »

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Stephen King’s ‘The Ten O’Clock’ People Gets Feature Treatment From Tom Holland

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 4:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Tom Holland has signed on to adapt and direct The Ten O’clock People, a feature adaptation of a short story by Stephen King. Holland and King previously collaborated on The Langoliers and Thinner. Holland took an extended hiatus, then returned to directing in 2007 in the Masters Of Horror series for Showtime. He’s writing and directing Twisted Tales, a series of shorts for FearNet, and plans for The Ten O’clock People to be his first theatrical  since Thinner, which King wrote under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

The Ten O’clock People comes from a short story published in King’s 1993 Nightmares And Dreamscapes collection. Set in Boston, the story follows Brandon Pearson, who in trying to kick his smoking habit uncovers a frightening aspect of reality that he plans to extinguish through extreme measures. Read More »

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MGM Offers Julianne Moore Iconic Mom Role In ‘Carrie’ Remake

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 1:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Julianne Moore Carrie MovieIt isn’t a big surprise, but MGM has formally offered Julianne Moore the nightmarish religious fanatic mother in the Kimberly Peirce-directed remake of the 1976 film Carrie. Chloe Moretz is already set to play … Read More »

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