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Hulu Plans Series Based On Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon

Hulu is developing what they hope will be the answer to the HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones with a series adaptation of Stephen King’s well-received 1984 fantasy novel Eyes of the Dragon.

The novel, which was a major deviation for the horror master as he ventured into the fantasy genre, is set in the realm of Delain, which is part of the In-World from King’s Dark Tower series, and follows two prince brothers whose lives are thrown into turmoil when their parents are murdered and one of them is framed for it while the other is left to be king of the kingdom at the young age of 12. The young king hands all of his authority to his father’s manipulative magician, Flagg, who the jailed brother is attempting to escape and prove his involvement in the murder of their parents.

Despite receiving generally positive reviews from critics at the time of its release and King’s desire to write a story his children could read, readers were very up in arms at the author deviating from his normal genre wheelhouse and expressed their outrage over the project not being horror-related. The negative fan reception gave King the idea for his acclaimed follow-up novel Misery, in which the protagonist’s dealing with a murderous fan unsatisfied with the final installment of his acclaimed series was akin to King’s obsessive fanbase.

An attempt to adapt the material was previously in development in the late 1990s for an animated film to be released in 2001, but after development languished the rights eventually lapsed and after a second attempt by Syfy to adapt the story into either a film or miniseries, the rights lapsed once more and Hulu has successfully beat out Apple in an auction to the rights.

The pilot is being developed by The Lego Batman Movie‘s Seth Grahame-Smith, who will pen the script and act as the showrunner while also executive producing it alongside David Katzenberg, Bill Haber, Roy Lee and Jon Berg.

Seth Grahame-Smith

“I am so excited to be working in the world of Stephen King with with Hulu, which has such a terrific track record with Stephen King adaptations,” Grahame-Smith shared. “The goal for this series is to feel unlike any Stephen King adaptation before, with this rich underlying source material, and the only true fantasy book he wrote that has kings and swords and princesses. We will honor the spirit of the book and the legacy.”

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Suntup Editions To Release Stephen King’s Four Past Midnight Print By Rob Wood

Last year, Suntup Editions released two prints from artist Rob Wood featuring art from the covers of Needful Things and Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Now, Suntup is delighted to offer Rob’s beautiful art from the first edition of Four Past Midnight as their latest addition to The Covers Collection.

Four Past Midnight was the first of several covers Rob Wood created for Stephen King books in the 1990s. Wood had recently completed a series of illustrations on the universe and stars for Time Life Magazine. From the moment he heard the title Four Past Midnight, Wood envisioned a giant clock in space. Of the five covers he created for King books, this one was entirely Wood’s concept with no changes requested by the publishers. It remains his personal favorite.

These prints are hand-signed by Rob Wood, who has also created a Remarque inspired by “Sun Dog,” one of the four stories featured in Four Past Midnight. The Remarque appears on the first 20 large prints — five of which are available for purchase at the time of the release, so act fast on those.

Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– Limited to only 50 copies of each size worldwide, plus 3 Artist Proofs and – 3 Publisher Proofs for private distribution.
– Shipped with a Certificate of Limitation and Authenticity from the publisher.
– Printed on 300 GSM, 100% cotton paper that is Acid-Free, Lignin-Free, Chlorine-Free and with No Optical Brighteners.
– Prints are embossed with the publisher’s mark.

Release Date: June 1, 2019
Available for Pre-Order: May 15, 2019

Large Size: 18″ x 24″ $175
Small Size: 12″ x 17″ $100

Order HERE.

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Stephen King To Release New Novel, If It Bleeds In 2020

Stephen King seems to be busier than ever with a new novel The Institute arriving in September and a plethora of television and film adaptations coming in 2019.

Last weekend, the prolific author announced at the Worldplay Festival in Minneapolis that he was working on a new book, If It Bleeds which is scheduled to be published in 2020.

The story will focus on an established character in King’s universe, Holly Gibney. Fans will recognize the name from the Bill Hodges book series along with the character appearing in last year’s The Outsider novel.

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Stephen King’s Revival Gets A New Collector’s Edition From LetterPress Publications

Revival, Stephen King‘s 2014 novel of faith and fury, is getting a new special edition as the first project from Brian James Freeman’s LetterPress Publications, complete with a new series of chilling illustrations and an introduction from the filmmaker who plans to bring it to the screen. The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone penned the new preface to hail King’s story of a preacher who experiments with elemental powers to bridge the gap between the living and the dead.

The collector’s version will sell for $125 and includes 16 new full-color illustrations by artist Francois Vaillancourt.

This is going to be a beautiful special edition in terms of production: leather binding, genuine crafted spine hubs, two-color interior printing, tons of full-color artwork, a sewn-in satin ribbon page marker, marbled endpapers, deckled page edges. The books will be housed in custom-made slipcases wrapped with imported woven cloth and stamped with two impressions of colored hot foil.

The book is available for pre-order now via the following  indie retailers and publishers:

Bad Moon BooksBetts BookstoreCamelot BooksCemetery Dance PublicationsDark RegionsThe Overlook Connection BookstorePS Publishing (UK & Europe)Stephen King CatalogSubterranean Press

Revival tells the story of Jamie Morton, a musician and recovering drug addict who crosses paths with the Rev. Charles Jacobs, who begins joining his religious fervor with a cult-like passion for science after his wife and child are killed. Healing powers give way to the possibility of resurrection, but in Stephen King’s world, the darkness always makes a comeback.

Special Bonus Materials:

– Sixteen full-color illustrations by François Vaillancourt, including three fold-out illustrations measuring 14 inches by 10 inches
– An introduction by Josh Boone, writer and director of the forthcoming feature film adaptation
– Exclusive artwork created by Vincent Chong for the film development process
– “A Nasty, Dark Piece of Work” by Bev Vincent: an overview of Stephen King’s writing of the novel
– “Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview” — an epic twenty page interview with Stephen King originally published on Halloween 2014 by Rolling Stone magazine in celebration of the novel’s publication

Special Production Features:

– Deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches) featuring two color interior printing
– Printed on a heavy interior specialty acid-free paper stock that is much thicker than the paper in a normal trade edition
– Featuring two colors of hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Includes genuine crafted spine hubs in the spine
– Deluxe binding with colored head and tail bands
– High-quality endpapers
– Full-color signature sheets
– Custom-made slipcase wrapped with a woven cloth and stamped with hot foil on the spine
– Extremely collectible print run that will be a tiny fraction of the print run of the original trade hardcover edition from Scribner

Please note that the pre-order window is May 15th-31st. The print run will be set based on the amount of pre-orders.

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Author Joe Hill On The Thrill of Adapting NOS4A2

Author Joe Hill discusses the joys of seeing the characters and locations of his imagination being adapted into AMC’s new supernatural thriller, NOS4A2.

Don’t miss the series premiere Sunday, June 2 at 10/9c.

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The Karate Kid Picture Book

The classic movie about a boy and his karate teacher is now an adorable picture book for the whole family!

When The Karate Kid appeared in theaters in 1984, its heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a bullied boy and the Japanese maintenance man in his new apartment building became an instant classic. Now the beloved film is reimagined as a cute and colorful picture book, with charming illustrations by Kim Smith. When young Daniel is targeted by students from the Cobra Kai dojo, his neighbor Mr. Miyagi agrees to train him for the upcoming karate tournament. But why is Mr. Miyagi making Daniel wax his cars, sand his deck, and paint his house? Will Daniel ever master the art of karate? This timeless story of overcoming the odds will delight kids, their parents, and anyone who has ever had that one special teacher.

Order HERE.

  

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Watch The NOS4A2 Season Premiere Teaser: Vic McQueen vs. Charlie Manx

A new teaser for AMC‘s upcoming supernatural series adaptation NOS4A2 has been released, giving us a tease of the incoming face-off between Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx.

NOS4A2, based on Joe Hill’s bestselling novel of the same name, tells the story of Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – an icy, twisted Christmas village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Manx finds his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England discovers she has a dangerous gift.

The Goldfinch‘s Ashleigh Cummings will play Vic McQueen, a young, working-class artist whose creativity awakens a supernatural ability to track Manx (Quinto). What Vic lacks in social confidence, she makes up for in courage, humor, and tough-as-nails grit. She strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.

NOS4A2 is produced by AMC Studios in association with Tornante Television. The series is executive produced by Joe Hill, Jami O’Brien (Fear The Walking Dead, Hell On Wheels), who created the show for television and will serve as showrunner, and Lauren Corrao, Co-President of Tornante Television. The cast also includes the previously announced Olafur Darri Olafsson (Lady Dynamite) as Bing Partridge, Virginia Kull (The Looming Tower) as Linda McQueen, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Punisher) as Chris McQueen and Jahkara Smith (aka Sailor J) as Maggie Leigh.

The first season is slated to premiere Sunday, June 2 at 9pm/8c.

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Watch The IT Chapter Two Trailer

Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return to where it all began with “It Chapter Two.”

The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT,” which grossed over $700 million globally.  Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “It Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.  

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mama”) stars as Beverly, James McAvoy (“Split,” upcoming “Glass”) as Bill, Bill Hader (HBO’s “Barry,” “The Skeleton Twins”) as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa (TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) as Mike, Jay Ryan (TV’s “Mary Kills People”) as Ben, James Ransone (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Eddie, and Andy Bean (“Allegiant,” Starz’ “Power”) as Stanley.  Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben.  Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise.  

Muschietti directed the film from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“IT,” “Annabelle: Creation”) based on the novel IT by Stephen King.  Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee produced the film, with Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg serving as the executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Checco Varese (“The 33”), Oscar-winning production designer Paul Denham Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”), editor Jason Ballantine (“IT,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Luis Sequeira (“The Shape of Water,” “Mama”).  The music is by Benjamin Wallfisch (“Shazam!,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “IT”). 

New Line Cinema presents, a Vertigo Entertainment/Rideback Production, an Andy Muschietti film, “It Chapter Two.”  The film is slated for release in theaters and IMAX on September 6, 2019 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

IT Chapter Two will be released on September 6, 2019.

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On The Stand Miniseries 25th Anniversary, Listen to Stephen King On Mick Garris’ Post Mortem Podcast

Filmmaker/Author Mick Garris, best known for his Stephen King adaptations and creating the “Masters Of Horror” television series, dives deep into the devious minds of the greatest filmmakers and creators of your worst nightmares to bring their distinctive visions to life in fascinating one-on-one conversations.

Listen to this episode of Post Mortem on Fangoria that’s truly fit for a king — the legendary horror master, Stephen King is the special guest and he is celebrating and discussing the 25th anniversary of the epic mini-series collaboration, The Stand.

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What Stories Will Appear In The Upcoming Joe Hill Collection Full Throttle?

I have been a huge fan of Joe Hill’s writing since his first book, 20th Century Ghosts. This fall, Hill will release Full Throttle: Stories, a 496 page collection featuring 13 short stories. Two of the stories were co-written with the author’s father Stephen King and another two tales will appear for the very first time!

Below is a list of the stories that will be included in the book and where they originally appeared.

1. Throttle 

Written with Stephen King this short story was first published in He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson in 2009.

2. Dark Carousel 

First published as a vinyl-record in 2018.

3. Wolverton Station 

First published in Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 in 2011.

4. By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain 

First published in Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury in 2012.

5. Faun 

First published in At Home In The Dark in 2019.

6. Late Returns 

Previously unpublished

7. All I Care About Is You 

First published in The Weight of Words in 2017.

8. Thumbprint 

First published in Postscripts 10 in 2007.

9. The Devil on the Staircase 

First published in Stories in 2010.

10. Twittering From The Circus of the Dead 

First published in The New Dead in 2010.

11. Mums 

Previously unpublished

12. In The Tall Grass 

Written with Stephen King and first published in Esquire, June/July and August issues in 2012.

13. You Are Released 

First published in Flight or Fright in 2018.

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