The Running Man Is Getting Another Film Adaptation, This Time Directed By Edgar Wright

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Remakes continue to be all the rage.

Starsky AKA Paul Michael Glaser will not be in the director’s chair for another adaptation of The Running Man. This time Edgar Wright is getting the call and he plans to make the story more faithful to Stephen King’s novel.

Seems doubtful that we’ll see Arnold Schwarzenegger or the now deceased Richard Dawson in the film either.

Paramount Pictures is making a deal with Edgar Wright to develop to direct a new adaptation of The Running Man, the futuristic novel by Stephen King that the author first published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. This won’t be a remake of the 1987 film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger; the Baby Driver writer-director will co-write the story with Michael Bacall, and they will be much more faithful to King’s bestselling novel. Bacall will write the script.

Edgar Wright To Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Running Man’ At Paramount – Deadline

Wright is behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver and more.

If this project is actually completed, I’ll have much more to say, but the book does have substantial differences to the movie, particularly the ending. Stephen King went full dark, no stars on the original story and the movie wrapped things up more positively. There were many memorable casting choices like Maria Conchita Alonso, the “Christmas tree” operatic stalker, Jesse Ventura, Dweezil Zappa and the drummer of Fleetwood Mac and the list goes on. They need to at least include a hologram of Richard Dawson shouting, “We don’t lie!”

What are your thoughts on this remake?

Mike Flanagan’s Adaptation of Stephen King’s Revival is Dead Due To Budget Issues

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Lump of coal in stocking for this one, but too bad that Mike Flanagan could not see his adaptation of the Stephen King novel Revival to completion.

Discussing his own time trying to adapt the book, Josh Boone mentioned that he had stars interested in being a part of the production, but while figuring out the logistics he discovered that the project would require too big a budget to be made properly in modern Hollywood. As it turns out, this was the exact same issue that Mike Flanagan discovered during his own behind-the-scenes journey with the material.

One Upcoming Stephen King Movie Adaptation Isn’t Happening Anymore, And I’m So Bummed Now – CINEMABLEND

The article doesn’t say, but I’m kind of curious how much Flanagan needed total if the budget he asked for required “$25 million more” … was it going to cost more than $100 million? That probably is too much unless the word “It” is in the title. Also, it’s stupid, anyway (see: $100+ Million Movie Budgets Are Stupid).

Filmmakers, listen up: if you can’t make your movies on a lower budget, especially in these times, maybe it’s time to rethink what viewers are most concerned about: not flashy CGI, exotic locations, de-aging tech and blowing up a zillion things.

(OK, maybe for a tentpole action film, maybe)

Instead, focus on the story, characters, heck, you don’t even need a lot of flashy sets if the story is great.

Speaking of King’s It, I’ve read rumors that King might be at least toying with the idea of an It sequel? I read lots of rumors and most of them don’t come true, so wouldn’t put much stock into this unless we hear it from an official source or perhaps King himself.

The bright side is there are a ton of King’s adaptations available to watch and more coming. Maybe someday Revival will be made. — perhaps on a reasonable budget too. $25 million more seems like a silly request to me in these times, despite how much I like and respect Mike Flanagan’s work.

After HBO Canceled The Outsider, Will Another Network Pick Up For Season 2?

Have only watched the first two episodes of The Outsider and enjoyed them. Definitely high on the long list of TV shows I’d like to finish watching.

It seems like we’re entering — or maybe already are in — an era where successful TV shows are prematurely canceled.

In the comments section somewhat recently, I shared some insight on why Netflix seems most guilty of this in particular. It boils down to the more TV seasons produced, the more expensive they become, usually involving actors asking for significantly more money per episode. I pointed out Friends as being a great example of a show where each of the ensemble cast were making $1 million per episode and since Netflix doesn’t have any commercials, they can’t demand higher fees to offset the increased production costs.

This might mean streaming networks that do have an ad-supported plan like Peacock and presumably HBO Max in 2021 (see: Ad-Supported HBO Max Could Have 2-4 Minutes Per Hour, Peacock = 5, Hulu = 9) might have an edge over those who don’t.

Animated shows like The Simpsons have been fairly immune to cancellation, even though some might argue even that epic show has become long in the tooth. There are also talk shows and game shows that can have many, many seasons, perhaps because the host is somewhat interchangeable (maybe not Alec Trebek, RIP), but still.

Another potentially lucrative option for a canceled TV series is sale to another network. Look at Cobra Kai as a recent example.

So, who might buy The Outsiders for season two and possibly beyond?

Shudder is constantly looking to expand their horror offerings. While The Outsider tends to steer towards the genre of detective thriller, it is likely that the niche streaming service may take it on. Ultimately, there are three streaming services that could pick up The Outsider for season 2. Whether it is Netflix, Hulu, or Shudder, it is undoubtedly a major prospect for every network that wants to bring in the high numbers in viewership that HBO garnered as well as additional viewers that will to the service based on the Stephen King name alone

The Outsider: Why The HBO Show Was Canceled (& How It Could Return Anyway)

I don’t know how expensive The Outsider would be, so I’m doubting Shudder. Also, am not sure despite it being Stephen King it is horrific enough for their platform. Netflix and Hulu seem better poised. Here’s another wildcard: Apple TV+. They should be buying into this game to increase their content library. Will they? Probably not.

Have you seen The Outsider? Are you hoping it will get a second season somewhere?

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXVIII “Survivor Type” Parody: “Mmm Homer”

Filed in the Did Not Know that The Simpsons parodied Stephen King’s “Survivor Type” before the serious, horror animated Shudder Creepshow adaptation in 2020 (see: FIRST LOOK: Creepshow (Animated TV Special) – Shudder).

In 2017, The Simpsons released “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII”, the 28th installment of the anarchic cartoon comedy’s annual Halloween specials. Like all “Treehouse of Horrors”, which frequently kill off the eponymous Simpsons, the special was a non-canon outing that parodied Coraline, The Exorcist, and bizarrely, “Survivor Type”. This being The Simpsons, their version of events is a bit different from King’s original story. For one thing, it’s Homer doing the self-cannibalizing. For another, he does have other food available to him — he’d just prefer to eat himself rather than vegetables or lunch with Flanders. Finally, the segment is set in the family’s Springfield home rather than on a desert island.

How Creepshow Resurrected The Simpsons’ Secret Stephen King Parody

Watched The Simpsons episode and it’s a very loose parody. The only part worth comparing is Homer trying to eat himself, but of course it’s comedy so he isn’t stranded on an island, he’s just home and runs out of food. Why doesn’t he go to the Kwik E Mart? That’s never really answered, but perhaps that’s the part of the joke(?)

Whatever you think of this episode, I’m a fan of these yearly Treehouse of Horror. They aren’t constrained by keeping the characters alive in the regular stories, which makes them unpredictable and fun.

Stephen King’s Son Joe Hill Would “Jump” At Chance To Write And Direct Maximum Overdrive Reboot

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Stephen King has only directed one movie during a cocaine-fueled addiction haze in his life and the experience soured him on ever returning to try again. The movie was terrible, but the short story it was based on is good.

There was a reboot called Trucks (same name as King’s original short story), but now King’s son, Joe Hill is saying he wants the chance to write and direct another reboot.

“I would only want to jump into directing if I had a chance to do the reboot of Maximum Overdrive,” Hill tells Mick Garris on October 28th’s season 5 premiere of Post Mortem With Mick Garris that Bloody Disgusting had a chance to listen to early. “If someone offered me the chance to write and direct a relaunch of Maximum Overdrive, I’d jump at that in a second.”

Joe Hill Wants to Write and Direct a Remake of Stephen King’s ‘Maximum Overdrive’ – Bloody Disgusting

Hill’s story idea for a reboot is good: get away from the comet and make it about the fear people have of self-driving cars. There are very real fears people have with self-driving cars, so it’s timely and relevant, but I don’t think the short story “Trucks” is worth all these movies.

I would be interested in seeing Joe Hill direct something and a sober Stephen King sit in the chair again (see: Yes, Stephen King Should Direct Again – How about an episode of Creepshow?). Both men have other stories they could adapt into a movie. Let’s just be done with “Trucks” It’s had way more screen time than it deserves.

Seasons Of Terror Graphic Novel features stories by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert McCammon and Shirley Jackson

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One of the Stephen King stories “The Raft” that was adapted in the horror anthology Creepshow 2 is going to be featured as a season in an upcoming graphic novel, Seasons Of Terror.

With evocative prose and vivid illustrations, these unforgettable stories—”The Screaming Woman” by Ray Bradbury; “The Man in the Woods” by Shirley Jackson; “The Raft” by Stephen King; and “The Man from London” by Robert McCammon—embody the seasons in which they are set, bringing you to the very edge of reality, mixing the best elements of the mythology of our youth with the perilous horrors of adulthood.

Seasons Of Terror Brings Stephen King and Ray Bradbury Comics

The title and theme of the collection reminds me of Stephen King’s Different Seasons. Ironic that he doesn’t have a novella, but a short story being featured in it. Nice to see another of my favorite authors, Robert McCammon. Other than Boy’s Life and maybe Swan Song, McCammon really hasn’t gotten the mainstream appeal of King. McCammon is not as prolific as King, but I think he does some things better. His description skills are almost on par with the legendary Ray Bradbury also featured in this collection.

Seasons of Terror is available at Amazon for preorder, just search by the title

And let’s not forget Shirley Jackson represented here, an author known for the gritty story “The Lottery” and someone King himself is a fan of her writing.

Keep this one in mind, fellow horror fans, even if you’re read all the stories included. It’s unlikely that “The Raft” short story will get two adaptations, but King’s already had multiple adaptations of several other stories. I’d rather see adaptations of more McCammon works including, The Wolf’s Hour, Mine (this would be a fantastic psychological thriller), Swan Song and others.

Seasons Of Terror, a graphic novel, will be available March 23, 2021.

How many of these 22 movies have you seen recommended by Stephen King?

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Stephen King has long been a fan of the cinematic experience, even writing a book about movies (Danse Macabre). Give it a read someday.

Anyway, recently he’s mentioned in various interviews different movies he’s enjoyed and recommended. The bolded titles are ones that I’ve seen. He’s got some unexpected titles in there that are worth checking out.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – André Øvredal, 2016
The Blair Witch Project – Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, 1999
The Changeling – Peter Medak, 1980
Crimson Peak – Guillermo del Toro, 2015
Dawn of the Dead – Zack Snyder, 2004
Deep Blue Sea – Renny Harlin, 1999
The Descent – Neil Marshall, 2005
Duel – Steven Spielberg, 1971
Les Diaboliques – Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955
Final Destination – James Wong, 2000
Event Horizon – Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997
The Hitcher – Robert Harmon, 1986 and Dave Meyers, 2007
The Last House on the Left – Dennis Iliadis, 2009
The Mist – Frank Darabont, 2007
Night of the Demon – Jacques Tourneur, 1957
The Ruins – Carter Smith, 2008
Sorcerer – William Friedkin, 1977
Stepfather – Joseph Ruben, 1986
Stir of Echoes – David Koepp 1999
The Strangers – Bryan Bertino, 2008
Village of the Damned – Wolf Rilla, 1960
The Witch – Robert Eggers, 2015

Stephen King Reveals His 22 Favorite Movies Of All Time

I’ve watched 10 of 22 movies Stephen King has recommended. How many have you seen?

Stephen King returned $5,000 check to Frank Darabont for rights to Shawshank Redemption

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I haven’t given many films 5 stars. This one deserves more than five stars, if only our rating system went higher. If you haven’t seen it and read the excellent story it is adapted from, I can’t recommend it any more.

Now here’s a really cool Stephen King true story around the creation of this story. The guy is just all kinds of interesting, whether it’s something he has written or how he’s treated others involved with his work.

In this case Frank Darabont, who originally purchased the rights to the awesome King story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” from his novella collection, Different Seasons (read it, amazing book) for $5,000. King never cashed the check. In fact, he returned it.

And to think that it all began with a check for five thousand bucks — a check which King, who was doing pretty darned well for himself by the late ’80s, never felt the need to cash. Instead, a few years after Shawshank Redemption’s release, the author had it framed and mailed it back to Darabont with an inscription: “In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve.”

Why Stephen King never cashed his Shawshank check

I mean how cool is that? Stephen King has already been my favorite author. It’s good to see he is also one helluva nice guy.

Two months after publishing of Stephen King’s novella collection If It Bleeds already has option deals

It’s a given that anything Stephen King writes will be optioned for film.

If you haven’t read Stephen King’s newest novella collection, If It Bleeds — which was just published on April 21, 2020 — and you prefer to read his work before seeing the film adaptation you better get cracking. because three of the four stories already have options.

Stephen King’s latest bestselling four novella collection If It Bleeds has quickly garnered three option deals, with a fourth in the offing because it involves a preexisting character who just starred in an HBO series adaptation

Stephen King If It Bleeds Netflix John Lee Hancock Jason Blum Ryan Murphy, Ben Stiller, Darren Aronofsky – Deadline

Good to see Jason Blum digging in on the story “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone”. Ben Stiller trapped the story “Rat” and wants to produce, direct and star in it. Darren Aronofsky optioned “The Life of Chuck” The final story is based on characters from King’s The Outsider novel, which is already a show on HBO, so that could somehow make it into a second season, opines the article.

I’ve long argued that King’s novellas make for his best movies (Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me both from King’s novella collection, Different Season). It’s much more difficult to adapt his longer novels into movies for run time constraints. He does have some great novel adaptations though like The Dead Zone, also a pretty good TV series starring Anthony Michael Hall. For miniseries, 11/22/63 was done really well, too.

I better get to reading If It Bleeds myself. Still haven’t bought it yet. It’s in my wishlist at Google Play (I’m trying to spread the digital love around instead of buying everything through Amazon).

Have you read If It Bleeds yet? Did you enjoy it? Please share your spoiler-free take in the comments area or if you, too, are planning to read.

Yes, Stephen King Should Direct Again – How about an episode of Creepshow?

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With all the bad movies that have ever been made, including the one based on a short story that actually is good in Night Shift, I’d like to see my favorite writer, Stephen King sit in the director’s chair again.

The thing is, Maximum Overdrive likely isn’t representative of what today’s Stephen King would do as a director. The mid-1980s were a dark time for King, as he struggled with substance abuse issues, including alcohol and cocaine. He’s since admitted that he was high as a kite during Maximum Overdrive’s production, and not exactly in a great frame of mind. King has been clean and sober for decades now, and it’s quite likely a sober King would make much different choices behind the camera than he did in 1986.

Why Stephen King Should Direct Another Movie | Screen Rant

I agree, except think it would be an easier sell for him to direct something shorter.

Rather than take on a full-length movie, how about King directing an episode of Creepshow for Shudder? He has a plethora of short stories he could draw from or he easily could create something new. It seems like he never runs out of story ideas, so why not?

The King story “Survivor Type” from the excellent collection, Skeleton Crew would be just the type of brutal story King could go all-in on. That story was rumored to have already been optioned to Shudder, but I don’t have a definitive source to link on that. I remember reading that it was going to be a first season tale, but alas, they went with a different King story adaptation.

Meanwhile, Mike Flanagan is working next on an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Revival. Flanagan is going full speed dark on this one.

He went on to say that viewers shouldn’t expect him to find a spark of hope or a happy ending in this one. “This one was a really fun piece of material for me because I get to be like, ‘Oh you want a dark ending? Cool, get ready,’” he said.

Mike Flanagan’s Version of Stephen King’s Revival Is Going to Be Bleak

Oooo, this could be good! It’s too early for a FIRST LOOK on that, but expect to see that when the film is further along.