We’ve known that Josh Boone was working on adapting Stephen King‘s ‘Revival‘ for awhile now though the director has just announced that Russell Crowe is going to be the film’s lead! Once his work on ‘The New Mutants‘ is done, this is the first project on Boone’s ever growing To-Do list and I expect that we’ll be starting to hear more casting news or rumors over the next few months. With ‘It‘ and ‘The Dark Tower‘ coming to the big screen and ‘Gerald’s Game‘ heading over to Netflix, this is the fourth major Stephen King work which is currently being worked on. We won’t even go into Boone still working out the details on bringing the reboot of ‘The Stand’ to us as well.
So, fans who have been wondering where in development this one even was should be happy to hear that it is coming sooner than later and that at least one star is already attached. Here is what Boone said during a recent interview when the film’s progress was brought up:
“I have a good relationship with Stephen King, so when I wanted to adapt his novel Revival I really just went and asked him. I was able to write it in a very pleasant bubble and we attached Russell Crowe. I plan to make that right after New Mutants.”
Short and straight to the point that delivered two solid updates on the movie which is more than we’ve heard since it was initially announced. Chances are we’ll be seeing Crowe playing Charles Jacobs in the film who is the preacher the entire novel revolves around.
If you haven’t read ‘Revival,’ here is a description of the novel straight from his website:
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
I doubt they would have Crowe in a secondary role in this film and Jamie is far too young for Crowe to take on that part so the Reverend really is the only place I could see him. Still, without an official announcement that will have to wait to be confirmed but is likely the part he will play.
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