During an extensive interview with Deadline, Stephen King reflected on his incredible career as the author who holds the world’s record for most film adaptations of his work. He’s seen his stories brought to life by an incredible number of directors and isn’t shy about those he thinks nailed it, and those who disappointed him.
While his dissatisfaction with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is infamous, he also counts Ralph S. Singleton’s Graveyard Shift and every single Children of the Corn sequel as his least favorites. The one’s he loves the most are Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption and Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me.
The folks at Deadline asked King who he’d like to make a movie with, if he had his choice of any director in the world. The answer may shock you (because I certainly wouldn’t have guessed it in a million years!).
DEADLINE: Let’s say there was a modern equivalent to Kubrick who wanted to turn one of your books into a film. Would you still make that deal with him and trust in a great filmmaker even if you once again found yourself on the outside?
KING: Yeah.. I would. I would. I’ll tell you who I would love to work with sometime, not work with but wouldn’t think twice if he wanted to make one of my things into a movie. You know this movie Melancholia? Lars…
DEADLINE: Lars von Trier? Really?
KING: Lars von Trier. And, in fact, I made an American miniseries out of his Kingdom Hospital. I think he’s the most talented, amazing director in the world and I would love to see what he did. And, again, I would stand aside and say, go to it and have a great time.
Check out the entire interview, HERE.
Horror Freaks are well aware that Lars von Trier is one of the most controversial filmmakers alive today; he’s most infamous offering is Antichrist, a film which includes depictions of genital mutilation and unsimulated sex acts. But his uncompromising vision and unique creativity is often overshadowed by the filmmaker’s bizarre personal life. He’s been opened about battles with depression, drugs, and alcohol and claims he can’t direct unless he’s drinking. While promoting Melancholia, the film King mentions above, von Trier famously went off on a tangent where he empathized with Adolf Hitler. Check out the footage below, which includes the film’s lead, Kirsten Dunst squirming in discomfort, atempting to halt a slow-motion trainwreck, obviously wishing she wasn’t the one seated beside him.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for Melancholia below.
Official Synopsis: On the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire, Justine’s sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster.
So what do you think of Stephen King’s praise of Lars von Trier? Would you be interested in seeing the controversial director adapt one of King’s stories? Sound off in the Comments section!