Stephen King holds the world’s record as the author who has had the most film adaptations of his work. And while horror flicks based on King’s books and short stories almost always find a rabid audience, the writer himself is notoriously ambivalent (and often apoplectic) about many of the final products. His distaste with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is legendary, and he’s also slammed the film versions of The Graveyard Shift and every Children of the Corn sequel (the original he likes).
So when King is genuinely excited about an upcoming adaptation of his work, we’re excited; and such is the case with Gerald’s Game. A film version is currently in post-production and the master fear practitioner is thrilled with what he’s seen so far. On Twitter, King gushed:
Saw a rough cut of Mike Flanagan's GERALD'S GAME yesterday. Horrifying, hypnotic, terrific. It's gonna freak you out.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 11, 2017
Saw a rough cut of Mike Flanagan’s GERALD’S GAME yesterday. Horrifying, hypnotic, terrific. It’s gonna freak you out.
Mike Flanagan is one of Hollywood’s most lauded up-and-coming horror movie directors, having previously helmed Oculus, Hush, and Ouija: Origin of Evil (among others). We previously reported on the filmmaker’s absolute glee at being a part of Gerald’s Game:
Flanagan: “Stephen King has been my hero since I was a child, and one of the things about being a fan of his is that I’m used to the familiar heartbreak of seeing his film adaptations and feeling like something’s gone off, and that the source material I love so much has not translated properly—with obvious exceptions,” Flanagan said. “It’s just that for every SHAWSHANK or GREEN MILE or STAND BY ME, you’ve got…the others, that really hurt! It’s very important for me, as a fan, not to end up in that pile. I loved GERALD’S GAME from the minute I put it down; I had gooseflesh all over my arms and my neck when I finished it, and I remember just exhaling and saying, ‘I want to make this into a movie—and it’s unfilmable!’ [laughs] and shaking my head, thinking, ‘If I could crack this, this could be one of the greatest King adaptations of them all.’”
Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood have been set to star in Gerald’s Game, an adaptation of the Stephen King 1992 bestselling novel that Mike Flanagan will direct from a script he wrote with Jeff Howard. Netflix will release globally. Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy will produce. Flanagan, who most recently helmed Hush, next has Ouija: Origin Of Evil for Universal.
Also starring in Gerald’s Game: Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, and Chiara Aurelia. The film will be shot in Mobile, AL. No release date has been set, but we’ll definitely keep you posted as details emerge.
Official Synopsis: Gerald and Jessie Burlingame head to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude that involves adult games. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games, until things take an unexpectedly tragic turn. She’s left handcuffed, trapped and alone as painful memories from her childhood bedevil her. Her only company is a hungry stray dog, the voices that populate her mind, and possibly someone watching her from the corner of the dark bedroom.