If you want to hear what could be a great lead in to a story, I could just say that Mike Flanagan, who just released the amazing horror flick ‘Oculus,’ is set to direct a new Stephen King novel to film adaptation! Hey, that sounds great! Well, until I mention that the book being given the treatment is the 1992 release of ‘Gerald’s Game’ which is one that might be hard to properly show off on the big screen.
With what Flanagan did with ‘Oculus,’ he has the ability to probably make this king of psychological horror work, though it may prove difficult to do while being true to the source material. Flanagan is not only directing the film but he co-write the script with his usual writing partner Jeff Howard. On the production end of things, Trevor Macy is covering that end as he has for Flanagan’s last two films.
The film is currently in the process of figuring out its casting and is set to shoot this fall. According to Flanagan, the film will be filmed “in the tradition of ‘Misery’ and ‘Dolores Claiborne’. ‘Gerald’s Game’ is one of the most intense and compelling novels I’ve ever read, and this has been a dream project for many years. Trevor and I are very excited to help translate that experience for an audience.” .
For those of you unfamiliar with the title there is a lot of inner dialogue and memories that could be tricky to properly get on screen. Hopefully the movie adaptation will do well but we’ll see how things play out on its completion.
Right on the heals of ‘Bad Little Kid‘ being optioned it really seems like King’s work is just being picked up everywhere as of lat.
Are you excited to see this one get a film adaptation? Looking forward to more King on the big screen? Share your thoughts below!
Gerald and Jessie Burlingame have gone to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games, but when Gerald refuses to stop she lashes out at him with deadly consequences. Still handcuffed, she is trapped and alone. Painful memories from her childhood bedevil her. Her only company is a hungry stray dog and the sundry voices that populate her mind. As night comes, she is unsure whether it is her imagination or if she has another companion: someone watching her from the corner of her dark bedroom.