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Adaptation-itis

According to New Movie Buzz, there are no less than 12 King adaptations that are at some stage of development.

Blogger Marc Richards gives this list:

  1. Haven – Based on the novella The Colorado Kid,
  2. Bag of Bones – Mick Garris (The Shining, The Stand, Desperation) said that this mini-series “will hopefully be shooting late-spring, early-summer.” An announcement is expected soon concerning which network will air the mini-series.
  3. Pet Sematary – When a family pet is buried in the local pet cemetery, it comes back to life. But, it comes back a little “different”.
  4. Home Delivery – Aliens infect earthlings with a zombie plague. Residents of a small island off the coast of Maine prepare to defend themselves as dead friends and relatives start to rise.
  5. It – Seven children in a small Maine town are terrorized by a shape-shifter who takes the form of a clown.
  6. Under the Dome – An entire small town in Maine is abruptly trapped under a giant, invisible dome. In November 2009 it was reported that Steven Spielberg will produce the film as a “series event” with a plan to shop it around to the TV networks.
  7. From a Buick 8 – A car stored in a shed at the state police barracks in Statler, Pennsylvania is actually a portal between dimensions. Tobe Hooper signed to direct, but still in financing.
  8. The Talisman – Steven Speilberg was attached for several years to this project and planned to adapt it as a 6 hour mini-series. It is listed on Internet Movie Database as being in “pre-production” with a release date of 2012, but as far as we can tell this one is dead in the water. Again.
  9. The Dark Tower – J.J. Abrams was signed up to direct for a while, but turned the rights back over to King.In April 2010, it was reported that The Dark Tower may be adapted into a trilogy and a television series. Negotiations are ongoing at this point. Akiva Goldsman will write with Ron Howard producing and directing.
  10. Cell -Eli Roth was originally attached to direct the movie, but apparently that plan has been dropped. The new plan is for a four hour mini series to be written by John Harrison (Dune miniseries).

Bonus: We found two more that don’t quite fit on the previous list.

  • Throttle – A Father and son from a biker gang battle a trucker in the desert.A novella written as a collaboration between Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. Producer Nick Wechsler (The Road) optioned the rights in 2008 with a plan to bring it to the big screen.
  • Black House – Sequel to The Talisman featuring a grown up Jack Sawyer.This one is listed as “In Production” on Internet Movie Database, but if The Talisman project doesn’t move forward don’t hold out much hope for it’s sequel.

The blog post also lists another number of releases based on King stuff:

  • Cain Rose Up (2010)
  • Here There Be Tigers (2010)
  • Grey Matter (2010)
  • Flowers for Norma (2010) (short story “The Man Who Loved Flowers”)
  • Everything’s Eventual (2009)
  • Children of the Corn (2009) (TV)
  • Dolan’s Cadillac (2009)

I’ve only seen Dolan’s Cadillac of this list (see episode 1). Looks like I have to hope for some bad weather this summer to spend more time indoors and catch up on DVDs. Reviews welcome in the comments.

Lovecraft exhibit in Brooklyn to open

There’s a new episode of the podcast percolating, but in the meantime, I thought that fans of Stephen King might be interested in this exhibit of art inspired by one of King’s favorite writers, H.P. Lovecraft.

“A Love Craft” is taking place at the Observatory in Brooklyn, NYC from June 11-23.

For those of you who don’t know the writer, Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) wrote a number of short stories, novels, and poems that were the inspiration for what became known as the Cthulhu Mythos and inspired almost all modern horror.

His basic idea was that humanity was an infinitesimal speck compared to the entities which had created the universe. These entities were so awful and so huge that to even glimpse them would drive a human mad or strike him dead.

Among the writers that have followed Lovecraft into that world: August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Henry Kuttner, Lin Carter, Peter Straub, and of course King. Some of King’s work which refer to the Cthulhu Mythos directly or tangentially include “Crouch End”, “Jerusalem’s Lot”, “Gramma”, “Needful Things”, “The Mist”, and his video project “N”.

The exhibit will feature works inspired by Lovecraft. A number of artists (who I haven’t heard of, I’m sad to say) have contributed to the exhibit.

I likely won’t see this exhibit, since I have no trips to New York planned. But I’d like to! In the meantime, you and I can enjoy these small images from the exhibit site.

Images from "A Love Craft"

Episode 2: Rose Madder, one of King’s forgotten books

In this episode of The Kingcast, Bob LeDrew tries to figure out why King’s 1995 novel Rose Madder is one of his lesser-known and lesser-regarded books.

You can email a comment to thekingcast@gmail.com or call the comment line at 1-206-600-6376.

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Two requests, Constant Listeners

Yeah, I know it’s presumptuous. But I’m really hoping to develop a few Constant Listeners — the aural equivalent of King’s Constant Readers.

So I’m hoping you’ll help me, whoever you are, by doing a couple of things for me.

First, please spread the word about this podcast in whatever way you choose. On Twitter? Pass it on. Use stumbleupon, digg, Facebook, etc. etc. Whatever you want to do, please do. I would appreciate it. Without ears, this is just so much me talking to myself. That’s boring.

Second, tell me what you want to hear. Want to hear from someone who’s written about King? Tell me. I’ll try to contact them and post an interview. Got a topic you’d like addressed? I’ll try to get to it.

And to get you started, here are some of the ideas I’ve got percolating in my head:

  • The role of technology
  • Cars
  • “Women in distress” in King’s fiction from Carrie White to Rose Madder and beyond
  • King’s poetry (ideally an interview with someone who knows more about poetry than me)
  • The critics
  • King goes to university — colleges where King works are being taught
  • “Men’s stories”
  • The King universe — how he went from a “regional writer” to creating an entire universe of universes
  • The Bachman books
  • The theme of escape
  • “The feebs” – treatment of the intellectually disabled in King’s work
  • Race
  • What does Stephen King teach us about the process of writing?
  • King’s theory of horror (from Danse Macabre and elsewhere)
  • The attempts at science fiction
  • The “non-horror” work
  • King as cultural critic (think Hearts in Atlantis, Firestarter, Needful Things)
  • The biggest failures

If any of these grab you, tell me. If you have other ideas, I’ll add them to my list and get to them.

Episode 1 of the Kingcast

This is Episode 1 of the Kingcast, a podcast by Bob LeDrew about the works of Stephen King.

This podcast is meant to explore my thoughts on Stephen King’s short stories, novels, poems, and work in TV and film, the adaptations of his work for film and TV. It will also feature interviews with King experts and people connected with King. (And Stephen, if you’re out there, CALL ME!)

This “pilot” explores the short story “Dolan’s Cadillac”, from Nightmares and Dreamscapes,  and the straight-to-DVD film adaptation starring Christian Slater and Wes Bentley.

Your comments are more than welcome. You can email a comment to thekingcast@gmail.com or call the comment line at 1-206-600-6376.

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