The latest adaptation of A Christmas Carol will come in the form of a miniseries set to air on FX in December. The series will star Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) as Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve in order to change his heart. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy (who also stars in an undisclosed role), we now have our first look at what the adaptation will look like.
In an interview with the magazine, Serkis admitted that he did not initially want to take on the role, but eventually changed his mind when he was shown what the producers were planning:
Do we really need another one? But this is the most amazing piece. It felt very contemporary and fresh.
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One of these fresh takes was Pearce portraying a younger version of Scrooge that embodies the same personality as the classic character, without the unappealing older look that he is known for. Writer Steven Knight hoped that this new version would make him more appealing to the audience:
What I wanted to do was to make Ebenezer Scrooge someone who, if it weren’t for what he is and how he behaves, would be an attractive man. I didn’t want to make him look like his soul, because his soul is pretty wretched. But on the outside, he’s okay. I wanted the audience to say to themselves, ‘Why is this person like this?’
On November 8th we’re all going to see Doctor Sleep. Oh, wait, you’re not? Why? Because you don’t know the story? Well, let me fill you in…
Ewan McGregor, also known as young Obi-Wan Kenobi, will star as Danny in the film adaptation for Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, a story which follows an adult Danny Torence, the child from The Shining, as he struggles to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence.
He goes to New Hampshire where he establishes a nursing home where he can use his shining power for good, comforting the dying before they go. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.
In preparation for this movie, we’re going to go through eight Stephen King Books we gotta re-read or just read for the first time (no shame here!) before this movie hits a silver screen near you!
Yep, you knew this would be on this list. Even if you haven’t read It, you’ve heard of It. Loser’s Club, killer clown, weird orgy scene, a giant cosmic turtle, it’s all there. This gem has heart, has scares, has everything Steven King. The book is as big as a stone but it won’t weigh you down.
Juggling themes of adulthood, childhood, and trauma, this story has stuck with us throughout the ages for a reason.
Instead of a scary clown, we meet the the Cujo, the good-natured St. Bernard. Good dog! But he gets bit by a rabid bat. Then when Donna’s car breaks down, she and her young son Tad are trapped while a crazed Cujo tries to kill them. Bad dog!
In his book, On Writing, King notes that due to his alcoholism and cocaine addiction he can barely remember writing this book, and that might be for the best. It’s not bad or anything, far from it, in fact it’s so real, so visceral, so in-your-face-horrifying that it might have even scared Stephen King himself away from writing.
What can I say except thank God there’s only one evil animal in this story.
Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, along with their two younger children move to Maine. Bad move, because in a Stephen King novel Maine is a terrible place. Their cat, Church, dies, so they bury it out in the woods.
Are you sad yet?
Well, things get worse when the cat comes back to life. Turns out that the woods are an ancient burial ground and anything buried there comes back to life with an intent to kill.
With two film adaptations, you’ll have to check out this book, “Darling.”
A post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy, The Standis Stephen King’s fourth novel (can you believe it?).
After a patient escapes from a biological testing facility, he unknowingly unleashes upon the world a mutated strain of super-flu that starts to wipe out 99% of the world’s population.
With the fate of humanity at stake, Mother Abigail—a benevolent one-hundred-eight-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community—and Randall Flagg—the nefarious “Dark Man” who delights in chaos and violence—rise up to lead humanity, and force the survivors to choose between them.
Let’s go back to 1974. Here we get the first novel published by Stephen King, Carrie.
Carrie is relentlessly bullied by her peers and tormented by her overly-religious mother who, after reaching puberty, discovers she has telekinetic powers.
A bloodbath, this novel is one of the most frequently on the banned books. Multiple adaptations have been made, from the stage to the silver screen, but the book proves to be the most terrifying. It’s a good thing that Tabitha King fished the first draft of the first chapter out of the garbage and convinced her husband to keep writing, otherwise Stephen King wouldn’t be the King of horror we know today.
Writer Paul Sheldon is injured in a car accident but is saved by nurse Annie Wilkes. However, Annie is a super-fan of Paul’s writing and is keeping him prisoner, refusing to let him go until he finishes another book in her favorite series.
The title comes from the feeling it evoked not only in Paul Sheldon, but within King himself.
The novel got a film adaptation in 1990, staring James Caan and Kathy Bates in a performance that won Bates an Oscar. Funny enough, the director of the film, Rob Reiner, only took the film on because he wanted to include the infamous ‘axe’ scene but, when it came time to shooting, decided to change the scene into an ‘ankle-breaking’ one instead.
You won’t be miserable when reading this novel, but it might just get under your skin and tear it right off.
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
Stephen King started the Dark Tower series with that line and, for the longest time, it seemed like he wouldn’t finish the series. Years went by, and then he was almost killed, run over by a drunk-driver while he was on the side street during his routine morning walk.
He survived, and afterwards flew through the rest of the series just to get to this ending. And trust me, you all, it’s Stephen King at his Stephen-King-est. If you want crazy insanity to the ninth degree, then this is the book for you.
Of course this would be number one, but let’s refresh your memory.
Jack Torrance has a new job at the Overlook Hotel. This is the perfect chance for a fresh start. He’ll have plenty of time reconnecting with his family and his writing his magnum opus. But as the harsh winter winds blow and snow falls, Jack Torrance falls back into his old vices as his young son, Danny Torrance, feels malicious spirits gather around him, attracted to his unique gift called ‘the shining.’
With the second trailer debuting last week to a great reception , it would seem that things couldn’t get any better for the sequel to the second adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, but you know what they say: what goes up must come down.
Alas, this is only the second time Stephen King’s gigantic book has been adapted. Previously, the book was adapted in a two-part miniseries that debuted on television screen in 1990.
This version, infamous for staring Tim Curry and a young Seth Green, became synonymous with the novel until the new film came out in 2017. However, Frank Konigsbergand Larry Sanitsky were running Telepictures in the early 1980s when they had acquired the rights to the Stephen King novel. Konigsberg and Saitsky developed the miniseries from beginning to the end of pre-production, only leaving after Telepictures merged with Lorimar. Despite the merger, they retained company credit on the miniseries.
Konigsberg died in 2016 at the age of eighty-three, but Sanitsky, sixty-seven, is still alive. He might not be doing so well, however, since he is suing Warner Brothers.
As per Variety, Sanitsky is claiming the studio breached his contract by making the film adaptations, ITand IT: Chapter Two, without him.
The suite alleges two things. 1) Warner Brothers never consulted Sanitsky or Konigsberg about either film, and 2) Warner Brothers stopped forking over profit statements for the miniseries back in 1995.
For the record, Warner Brothers issued its first participation statement since then in March, saying they owed the two $1 million. Santisky says that number is significantly understated, given that they are entitled to 10% of net profits of any remake, which the suit alleges would tally up to tens of millions of dollars.
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For the record, It was met with widespread critical and audience acclaim, boasting a a critical census of 85% with an average rating of 7.24 out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes, and was a massive commercial success with a worldwide gross of $700 million.
While IT: Chapter 2 has yet to make it to theaters, it’s expected to make a ton of money once its release in September. Sanitsky intends to get paid or take Warner Bros. to court, through his and Konigsberg’s partnership’s corporate entities. They are represented by Dale Kinsella of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump and Aldisert.
In the meanwhile, Sanitsky now working on a film adaptation of Stephen King’s Tommyknockers, which he and Kongisberg also produced a TV adaptation of. As for Pennywise…
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…he will dance his way into theaters this September 6th .
Hulu announced the addition of six more cast members for its upcoming screen adaptation of John Green’s YA bestseller, Looking For Alaska. Set to be an eight-episode miniseries starring Kristine Froseth as Alaska and Charlie Plummer as Miles, Looking For Alaska’s talent lineup will now expand to include Denny Love as The Colonel, or Chip Martin, an outspoken anti-jock who befriends Miles and Alaska),
Landry Bender will play The Colonel’s girlfriend, Sara, Jay Lee will portray Takumi, Sofia Vassilieva will feature as Lara, and Uriah Shelton and Jordan Connor will play Longwell and Kevin, respectively, two classic goony jocks out to ruin the lives of Miles and his friends. You might recognize Connor from his role as Sweet Pea on The CW’s Riverdale and Love from Chicago P.D. and Empire.
George Clooney is back with a mini-series adaptation of the acclaimed classic Catch-22 by author Joseph Heller.
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The book, set during World War 2 , focuses on the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. The plot mainly follows the fictional 256th Squadron, while they attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they may return home.
As heavy as the topic of war is overall, Heller’s novel is famously humorous, and manages to make a pretty amusing story out of the psychological struggle of surviving the scourge of war under an unsupportive government that does not want its soldiers to leave the battlefield. Sounds like one heck of a ride!
Clooney is directing, executive producing and starring in the role of Lt. General Scheisskopf, alongside Hugh Laurie as Major de Coverley and Kyle Chandler as Colonel Catchart, alongside Christopher Abbott, who you might know from the hit series The Sinner and HBO’s series Girls who will play Captain Yossarian.
Snapshot of the 265th squadron. | Image via Philipe Antonello/Hulu.
Clooney’s new mini-series will debut on Hulu in the US on May 17th and will be broadcast on Channel 4 shortly thereafter.
George Clooney as Lt. General Scheisskopf. | Image via Philipe Antonello/Hulu.
Hugh Laurie as Major de Coverley. | Image viaPhilipe Antonello/Hulu.
Kyle Chandler as Colonel Catchart. | Image via Philipe Antonello/Hulu.
Christopher Abbott as Captain Yossarian. | Image via Philipe Antonello/Hulu.
In addition to photos, we also have our first trailer! Check it out here!
So say goodbye Nesspresso commercials, and let’s welcome George Clooney back to what he does best!