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    That's unclear. The HBO deal is apparently in place, but I have to figure it is contingent on the eventual(?) movie deal. HBO being on board is a great selling point. People are unsure if Grazer/Howard/Goldsmith are the right team for this...gotta admire how hard they are working to get it done.

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    Ron Howard Talks RUSH and THE DARK TOWER

    I’m sure some of you just want to know what’s happening with The Dark Tower, but be forewarned: Howard sounds far more enthusiastic about Rush:


    We are continuing to work on the script to find ways to make the budget more manageable and still deliver the work in a way that the project deserves. We were always racing and fast-tracking the project, so I always wince when I see something written about it and there’s a release date in there. These kinds of projects often take years to come together in the right ways. But I am in love with the material, and the minute it can come together in the right way, I am fully committed to it. Rush was kind of like a gift. I love stories that center on fascinating characters, and here you have psychologically complex, rare human beings, and they are also young and cool — and it’s all in this unbelievably glamorous, sexy period in the mid-’70s. And yet, in terms of emotion and the heartbeat of the story, I think they will be very relatable. If you don’t know anything about Formula One, I’m going to present it in such a way that you’ll very likely fall in love with it. If you do know Formula One, I’m going to be very respectful and deliver a film you’ll love, too.

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    Why Stephen King swears he'll never write about time travel again | Blastr

    While writing his latest novel, 11/22/63—which follows a young time traveler who attempts to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing John F. Kennedy—the author had to figure out how to make time travel work for him. And, in doing so, he codified some immutable temporal rules.

    We've seen enough movies and read enough books to know that the way time travel works is different every time. When sending his hero, Jake Tapping, through a time bubble into 1963, King found his own guidelines:

    "The more potential a given event has to change the future, the more difficult that event would be to change. If you wanted to go back and speak to somebody on a street corner so that they were five minutes late to an appointment—that might not be too hard. But if you wanted to stop the assassination of a president, that would be really difficult. The past would try to protect itself."
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    "The further back you go, the more precautions you have to take. It would go right to the language—you'd have to be careful about the way you speak; the accents would be different. If you were to return to, say, 1858, you'd really have to prepare ahead of time."
    Simple enough, right? But working with time travel for one book was enough to make King swear off time travel:

    "No, this is it. Absolutely not. No, that's done. It's like Apollo Creed says, 'Ain't gonna be no rematch.'"

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    I get what King is saying, and yeah, when writers prepare and research time periods well before writing time travel stories it shows. However, the whole space time travel paradox thing, well, makes me want to just enjoy time travel stories if they are entertaining and not analyze everything. I mean I love the Back to the Future series, but it really doesn't make a lot of sense in parts, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheus View Post
    I get what King is saying, and yeah, when writers prepare and research time periods well before writing time travel stories it shows. However, the whole space time travel paradox thing, well, makes me want to just enjoy time travel stories if they are entertaining and not analyze everything. I mean I love the Back to the Future series, but it really doesn't make a lot of sense in parts, lol.
    It's got to be harder for someone of King's stature. A first time writer can get away with inconsistencies but you know there are those just waiting to lay into and find fault with S.K.'s work.

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    Two More Stephen King Adaptations Are on the Way - Under the Dome and Rose Madder | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    Two more adaptations are on the way in various forms from the mind of the horror genre's most prolific and respected authors, the great Stephen King, and we've got the scoop on both of 'em for you right here in one space! Dig it!

    According to Deadline "Lost" writer Brian K. Vaughan has been tapped to pen Showtime’s drama series adaptation of Stephen King’s 2009 novel Under the Dome, from DreamWorks Television.

    The supernatural thriller revolves around locals at a Maine vacation spot who battle one another when a force field suddenly surrounds their town and cuts them off from the rest of the world. DreamWorks’ Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider originally secured the rights to King’s novel shortly after it was published in November 2009.

    In other King related news Variety is also reporting that in a major indie financing deal, Joni Sighvattson's Palomar Pictures (Killer Elite, Brothers) has launched a partnership with Grosvenor Park on a package of three films -- a pair of non-horror remakes and a Stephen King adaptation.

    Said adaptation is none other than Rose Madder, based on King's 1995 fantasy novel. The has been adapted by Naomi Sheridan (In America) and the story is based on a woman who's on the run from her abusive husband and is able to travel into a painting.

    Look for more on both of these projects soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    It's got to be harder for someone of King's stature. A first time writer can get away with inconsistencies but you know there are those just waiting to lay into and find fault with S.K.'s work.
    Who is looking to find fault with his work? Stephenie Meyer?
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    Stephen King Promises Dr. Sleep Will Be Goddamn Scary! | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    For my money neither of the adaptations (film, TV miniseries) of Stephen King's The Shining did the book justice, and it remains my favorite of everything he's written, which is why I'm really looking forward to its sequel, Dr. Sleep, and am super happy to pass on King's recent description of it.

    According to the source of all things Stephen King, Lilja's Library, on November 12th King announced that he was done with the second draft of Dr. Sleep. He also said that while critics have been very kind regarding 11/22/63, some have intimated that "maybe he was getting away from all that horror stuff." Fortunately, King countered those comments with the following: "They won't know what hit them with Dr. Sleep... It's a goddamn scary book."

    Back in late September King read the following excerpt from Dr. Sleep, the plot of which includes a traveling group of vampires called The Tribe.


    David Yates on Why He Turned Down Adapting The Stand for the Big Screen | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    In a chat with Collider Yates had the following to say:

    “I was offered The Stand. I love The Stand, I read it when I was a kid, it was one of my favorite books when I was growing up, I love Stephen King, I think he’s a remarkable writer. And coming out of Potter, you wanna work with an author who has the same reach as a Jo Rowling, and frankly Stephen King does. My issues though were about the adaptation. I wanted to work with Steve Kloves, Steve Kloves wanted to work with me, we were both committed to doing it, but in that time it took to let go of Potter and to think about how we would tackle the adaptation, we both decided that it wasn’t for us, so we left it. We sort of withdrew basically.”

    He continues with an explanation that the scope of the film(s) doesn't quite lend itself to making the type of "tentpole event" Warner Bros. wanted:

    “What I love about King’s work and what I love about The Stand is the fact that Stephen King really puts you into these people’s lives, and you see the world from a very intimate human level, which normally is something I love. But we felt this pressure to make these super tentpole movies with this material, and the things that you get in Potter — which are these extraordinary episodes of action — they didn’t exist in the material, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to deliver the kind of movie that ultimately the studio was hoping to get from this material. I could see making a miniseries from it, a really interesting, intricate, layered, enjoyable long-burn of a miniseries, I could see that, but what was missing for me were the big movie moments in the material, the big set pieces.”

    He concludes with some nice words for Affleck, whom Yates calls a “smashing director”, and believes he will do a “fantastic job.”

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