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Yahoo movies ran an article catching up on the cast of The Shining, which I find both interesting and not timely at all. Lisa and Louise Burns, the identical twins who played the Grady sisters in Stanley Kubrick’s flick were in London this week attending a screening of Dr.Strangelove. I would never of thought to look these two up in the Google machine and see what they look like today, so this grabbed my attention as well as what Danny and Wendy Torrance are up to surprised me.
The sisters were just 12 when ‘The Shining’ was released in 1980, and have become one of the most enduring horror duos ever thanks to their creepy hall-dwelling appearances and the immortal line (spoken in stereo): “Come and play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever.”
See what they and the rest of the cast look like now and what they have been up to below:
So many Dark Tower stories have hit the City of Films over the past year, even we don’t know where things stand from day to day. So to hear it from the horses mouth is worth more than a grain of salt if you ask me. Ron Howard is that horse as his team is set to work on the adaptation; we can only hope for a an excellent adaptation – that would be well worth the wait.
In an interview with Empire, Ron Howard says he hasn’t forgotten about The Dark Tower:
“The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realized how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was.”
“And yet it’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny Superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.”
“So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie (WINTER’S TALE), I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.”
After the jump below, there is some information that involves a certain “character” who appears in the book. Read on if you’re OK with that:
It’s said many times here in the CoF that we are fans of Stephen King, so excuse us if this doesn’t quite fall under movie news (yet). The Shining took the world by storm 35 years about and King is now treating fans to a sequel titled Doctor Sleep [read when we first talked about it here]. The novel will be released on September 24th, 2013.
It centers on a grown up Dan Torrance who has settled down in a New Hampshire town, he works at a nursing home and uses his “shining” to help the residents pass painlessly into eternal sleep. He must defend himself and Abra Stone, a tween girl gifted with the shining, from a roving band of supernaturals who feed off their power.
Check out the official synopsis for Doctor Sleep below and check out King’s official website where it was announced:
Just when you thought it was safe to post movie news, the Internet changes the story! Last night I read that the highly ambitious movie and TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower at Warner Bros. was a dead deal, the second studio to pass on the sure to be epic.
Ron Howard was set to direct and produce with his Imagine Entertainment group and have Akiva Goldsman writing. Russell Crowe had been circling the role of the gunslinger Roland Deschain after Javier Bardem backed out.
Deadline now reports that Media Rights Capital, the company behind Seth MacFarlane’s Ted and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, is now in talks with Imagine Entertainment to finance The Dark Tower. “MRC has a distribution arrangement with Universal, but it’s unclear whether that studio would release the film,” the site reports.
The series is nine-volumes and would create a three movie and two TV series deal, the latter to find a home at HBO which could only mean good things. Stay tuned.
The long awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s It for the big screen is finally moving forward. Director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) will turn the 1,104 page novel into two films, which is good news for those worried about heavy alterations. If you are a fan of the TV version from 1990 like me (seriously, it’s awesome) and have read the book, you know just how much detail and set pieces are going to have to go into this production to make people happy. It might also be good to know that the last time they reported on it, the film was going to rated R, let’s hope that hasn’t changed. [THR]
Pennywise the Clown might be the scariest character I can think of from my childhood, thanks Tim Currey. Taking place in the present day as well as decades in the past, the story revolves around members of The Loser’s Club, now adults returning to the hometown where they were once haunted by a mysterious creature in the form of a clown called Pennywise. The creature, known only as It, preyed upon the children of Derry, Maine, and isn’t willing to let its former enemies – who had once come together to defeat it as children – vanquish its evil once again.
The road to The Dark Tower has been a bumpy one, last year Universal decided not to move forward with the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic series. Deadline reports all signs are now pointing to Warner Bros. as they are negotiating to finally bring the movie to the big screen.
We have heard rumblings of a movie trilogy and tie-in TV series set up at HBO with Ron Howard attached to direct the first film and oversee the other projects. The Gunslinger role was to be going to Javier Bardem, which would be perfect in my eyes.
Now Warner Bros. is paying screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to do a polish on Ron Howard’s script. The film is slated to begin production in early 2013. More on the book series here on its Wiki page.
FYI: An adaption of King’s The Stand is also in development (to be directed by Ben Affleck) and could potentially see a crossover with Tower as the books both feature character Randall Flagg.
Somebody somewhere thought it would be a good idea to try another big screen telling of Stephen King’s Carrie (his first published novel). That somebody I’d like to predict will be wrong. MGM and Screen Gems announced last year that they hired playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write a new script for Carrie, he’s the guy who came in and saved Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark on Broadway.
Deadline reports his version is “more faithful to the King book, and more grounded than the Brian De Palma-directed film.” I wonder where it will stand against The Rage: Carrie 2, I saw that one in theaters and let me tell you…it can’t be unseen. Kimberly Peirce has since hired to direct the remake, she brought us Boys Don’t Cry in 1999 which landed Hillary Swank an Oscar and has been pretty much off the grid ever since. It’s all coming together for this passion project isn’t it?
Now Warner Bros. has moved away from the duo and landed the project on the lap of one Mr. Ben Affleck. The man has certainly done it all; screenwriter/ actor/ director – it’s a pretty solid resume. Fans and literary scholars alike will tell you though, this isn’t like Gone Baby Gone or The Town, The Stand is an epic, over 1000 pages of huge scope. Not to mention the fandom surrounding the work for years after its publication.
There is no word if Steve Kloves is still writing or why David Yates is out, just the report on Affleck being the new director on the project.
What is it about little girls that can be so creepy? If you don’t know what I’m going on about, A&E has released the first teaser trailer for the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones for you to watch below. The two-part mini series was directed by Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, The Stand), and is set to air on Sunday, December 11th and Monday, December 12th.
The series stars Pierce Brosnan, Melissa George, Annabeth Gish, Anika Noni Rose, Matt Frewer and Jason Priestly.
Bag of Bones is the story of grief and lost love’s enduring bonds, an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire and a new love haunted by past secrets. Bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, played by Pierce Brosnan, is unable to stop grieving after the sudden death of his wife Jo. A dream inspires him to return to the couple’s lakeside retreat in western Maine where he becomes involved in a custody battle between the daughter of an attractive young widow and the child’s enormously wealthy grandfather, the mysterious ghostly visitations, the ever-escalating nightmares and the realization that his late wife still has something to tell him.
Watch the trailer trailer below:
So it seems Stephen King has been planning a sequel to The Shining for some time, and now it’s officially going to happen. We enjoy us some King around here; he’s influenced many mediums in entertainment and it’s not easy to knock the man. That original book is one of King’s most popular, a lot of that has to do with the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation – a movie King hated.
Dr. Sleep, is the name of the book, and the author is already out reading excerpts from it (video below). King’s official website posted this yesterday:
It’s now official–Stephen is working on Dr. Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. This weekend Steve read an excerpt from this at his appearance at George Mason University. They have given us permission to post their taping of the event here on Steve’s site which we will do as soon as we receive the file. Dr. Sleep’s plot includes a traveling group of vampires called The Tribe which is part of the passage he read from.