Thursday, November 7, 2019

Stephen King: Mike Flanagan’s "Doctor Sleep" Redeemed Stanley Kubrick’s "The Shining"

Stephen King has revealed that he considers Mike Flanagan’s new movie Doctor Sleep a faithful big-screen adaptation of his 2013 dark fantasy horror novel, saying it was a redeeming sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

“I read the script to this one very, very carefully,” the author told Entertainment Weekly. “Because obviously I wanted to do a good job with the sequel, because people knew the book The Shining, and I thought, I don’t want to screw this up.”

King also revealed that he trusted Flanagan’s vision, having worked with the filmmaker previously on another movie adaptation of his 1992 thriller novel, Gerald’s Game. “I’ve enjoyed all his movies,” King said. “I read the [Doctor Sleep] script very, very carefully and I said to myself, ‘Everything that I ever disliked about the Kubrick version of The Shining is redeemed for me here.’”

King is famous for his dislike of Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation. In a 2006 interview with The Paris Review, the writer said that Kubrick had “no sense of emotional investment in the family whatsoever.” He also described the movie as “a Cadillac with no engine in it.”

“You can’t do anything with it except admire it as sculpture,” King added. “You’ve taken away its primary purpose, which is to tell a story.”

Doctor Sleep is set decades after the events of The Shining, & follows a now-adult Dan Torrance (played by Ewan McGregor) who meets a young girl with supernatural powers. In a 4 star review of the film, NME wrote: “Doctor Sleep is a thrilling, nostalgia-fuelled ride that does its best to appease fans of the original, as well as those brought up on newer King flicks like Pet Sematary & It: Chapter Two“.

Tom Hardy Teases Venom Vs. Carnage Fight in "Venom 2"

Eddie Brock and his symbiote significant other will be back next year for Venom 2the much-anticipated sequel to Sony’s surprise smash-hit origins movie for the Spider-Man villain/antihero. And as is clear from the post-credits scene of the 2018 film, Venom 2 will see Brock go up against his nemesis, Cletus Kasady AKA Carnage, as played by Woody Harrelson.

With filming set to begin this month, star Tom Hardy has now shared a new teaser image for the sequel on his Instagram account. The British star posted a piece that gives the classic image of the comedy and tragedy theater masks a twist, with Venom wearing a sad expression and Carnage a happy one. Hardy captured his image “W3’R’V3N0M2.”

In Venom, Cletus appeared as a prison inmate who Eddie interviews. The unrepentant serial killer warns that he’s going to get out and when he does, “there’s gonna be carnage.” As the duo’s meeting was only brief in the movie, it’s unclear how Kasady encounters the Carnage symbiote on screen, but somehow he will and he’s going to make Eddie’s life a misery when he does.

Will Venom have any help in defeating him, though? Well, fans are keeping their fingers crossed that Tom Holland will show up as Spider-Man, following the renewed Sony/Disney deal. After all, Hardy did recently share a pic of himself in a Spidey costume before swiftly deleting it, which has got some thinking he was alluding to something that he probably shouldn’t have.

In any case, we know that Venom 2 will also feature the female villain Shriek, Carnage’s lover and partner in crime, who may be played by Naomie Harris. The Bond star did previously work with director Andy Serkis on Mowgli, but her role has yet to be officially announced just yet. With production kicking off shortly though, we should get some more news soon.

"Black Mirror" Director James Hawes To Helm "The Devil’s Light" Thriller For Lionsgate

British filmmaker James Hawes has signed on to direct The Devil’s Light, a supernatural thriller which is co-produced by Lionsgate and Gold Circle. Lionsgate will distribute the film in North America, UK, and Latin America, while the studio’s international arm will launch international sales at AFM.

Written by Robert Zappia, the pic tells the story of Sister Ann, a restless 25-year-old, who devoutly believes that performing exorcisms is her calling. But she is at odds with the institution’s traditions: sisters are not allowed to perform exorcisms, only priests. With the support of a mentor, a professor who senses her special gift, she is allowed to observe actual training sessions. Her desire to prove herself takes a personal turn when she meets one of the school’s most disturbed patients. During their harrowing encounters, Sister Ann comes face to face with a demonic force that infests the school and has mysterious ties to her own past. It is then that the power of evil and her own startling abilities are fully realized.

Production is slated to commence in the first half of 2020. Pitch Perfect franchise producer Paul Brooks is producing the film with Jessica Malanaphy, Todd Jones, and Earl Richey Jones. Executive Producers are Scott Niemeyer, David Brooks, and Brad Kessell.

Meredith Wieck and Eda Kowan will oversee the production on behalf of Lionsgate. Kowan and Jason Constantine negotiated the deal for the studio to acquire the rights.

Hawes, repped by CAA and 42, directed the pilot and serves as an executive producer of TNT’s upcoming sci-fi series, Snowpiercer. He has also directed episodes of Black Mirror, The Alienist, Doctor Who, and Penny Dreadful.