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André Øvredal To Direct Stephen King’s The Long Walk

Another Stephen King book is being turned into a feature film, and André Øvredalo will be at the helm. Øvredalo will direct King’s 1979 novella The Long Walk, which was written under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman.

The story takes place in a dystopian future, where 100 boys are selected for a long walk. They have to maintain speeds of 4 miles an hour, and receive fewer than three warnings an hour. Break these rules, and they’re shot dead. The last one standing, however, gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Despite the high stakes, the boys form an unlikely camaraderie along their journey.

James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) wrote the screenplay and is producing alongside Bradley Fischer and William Sherak.

Øvredalo is also directing the upcoming adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, with Guillermo del Toro producing. He previously helmed the claustrophobic horror, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which came out in 2016.

The Long Walk marks the third King property currently in development over at New Line. There’s IT: Chapter Two, which is out this summer, and Salem’s Lot, which is being produced by James Wan (The Conjuring) and written by Gary Dauberman (IT).

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Cycle of The Werewolf By Stephen King New Edition To Be Released On August 13, 2019

The classic masterpiece by #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King—illustrated by the legendary artist Bernie Wrightson!

“Something inhuman has come to Tarker’s Mills, as unseen as the full moon riding the night sky high above.”

The first screams came in January from the snowbound railwayman who felt the inhuman fangs ripping at his throat. The shrieks of ecstatic agony from the woman attacked in her cozy bedroom were heard the following month. As the year progresses and the seasons change, scenes of unimaginable horror unfold in the isolated Maine town of Tarker’s Mills. No one knows who will be the next victim. But one thing is certain—when the full moon rises, a paralyzing fear sweeps through the community. For snarls that sound like human words can be heard through the wind…and all around are the footprints of a monster whose hunger can never be sated…

The new edition trade paperback and eBook will go on sale August 13, 2019.

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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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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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Warner Bros. To Release Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining On 4K Ultra HD & Digital On October 1st

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that The Shining, Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying 1980 horror masterpiece, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on October 1. The 4K remastering is of Kubrick’s original 146 minute version of the film which premiered in the United States on May 23rd, 1980.

Now widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made, The Shining was directed and produced by Kubrick, who wrote the screenplay with Diane Johnson. The film was based on the novel “The Shining” by Stephen King, and stars Jack Nicholson in an iconic role as Jack Torrance, Shelley Duval as Wendy Torrance, Scatman Crothers as Dick Halloran, and Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance.

The 4K remastering was done using a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick’s former personal assistant Leon Vitali worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. during the mastering process.

On May 17th, the restored 4K version of the film will be screened at The Cannes Film Festival.

In 2018, The Shining was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film ranked 29th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list, and Jack Torrance was named the 25th greatest villain on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains list. Additionally, the quote “Here’s Johnny” from the film was ranked 68th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list.

Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.

The Shining Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition and the special features in high definition, and a Digital version of the movie. Fans can also own The Shining in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on October 1. The Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Shining will include more than three hours of previously released special features.

Synopsis

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes the winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

Ultra HD Blu-ray Elements

The Shining Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:

– Audio commentary by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown and Stanley Kubrick biographer John Baxter
– Video from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining: Enter the terrifying world of the Overlook Hotel as only Stanley Kubrick could envision it
– The Visions of Stanley Kubrick: A detailed look at one of cinema’s greatest visual storytellers and his unique ability to move audiences through the magic of unforgettable images
– The Making of The Shining: This cinema verite documentary offers a rare glimpse into the directing style of Stanley Kubrick as he interacts with stars Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall and others
– Wendy Carlos, Composer: Composer Wendy Carlos reflects on working with complex auteur Stanley Kubrick and developing music scores for The Shining and A Clockwork Orange

Digital Distribution Elements

On October 1 The Shining 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Warner Bros. to Release Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on 4K Ultra HD and Digital on October 1st.

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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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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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Richard Chizmar’s Sequel Gwendy’s Magic Feather Returns To Stephen King’s Castle Rock

When strangers come to Castle Rock, they usually bring trouble with them. That’s what you can expect from Richard Chizmar, who is venturing solo into Stephen King’s not-so-sleepy small town in the new sequel Gwendy’s Magic Feather.

The author and Cemetery Dance publisher teamed up with King on the 2017 novella Gwendy’s Button Box, about a 12-year-old girl who receives a gift from a strange man in a black hat: a mystical box with various buttons that dispenses good fortune to its user while unleashing calamities elsewhere.

That story was set in 1974, a few years before most of the unsettling events that transpired in Castle Rock in The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things, and about 15 years after The Body, which became the film Stand By Me.

When Chizmar came up with an idea to revisit a grown-up Gwendy Peterson 25 years later, King gave him permission to go it alone.

Chizmar doesn’t just bringing his own ominous story to Castle Rock, but also gets to include a few memorable King characters, like Norris Ridgewick, once a hapless deputy in Needful Things and now the sheriff of Castle County.

Richard Chizmar & Stephen King

While King didn’t write this one, he is supplying a forward and served as the first editor on the book. Otherwise, he got to enjoy it as a Constant Reader this time. “I was very curious to see Gwendy all grown up, and very pleased with the result. I think readers will be, too,” King said in a statement. “Especially when the button box makes a mysterious reappearance.”

About the Book:

Something evil has swept into the small western Maine town of Castle Rock on the heels of the latest winter storm. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick and his team are desperately searching for two missing girls, but time is running out to bring them home alive.

In Washington D.C., thirty-seven-year-old Gwendy Peterson couldn’t be more different from the self-conscious teenaged girl who once spent a summer running up Castle Rock’s Suicide Stairs. That same summer, she was entrusted—or some might say cursed—with the extraordinary button box by Richard Farris, the mysterious stranger in the black suit. The seductive and powerful box offered Gwendy small gifts in exchange for its care and feeding until Farris eventually returned, promising Gwendy she’d never see the box again.

One day, though, the button box shows up without warning—and without Richard Farris to explain why, or what she’s supposed to do with it. The mysterious reappearance of the box, along with the troubling disappearances in Castle Rock, leads Gwendy home again…where she just might be able to help rescue the missing girls and stop a madman before he does something ghastly.

From New York Times bestseller Richard Chizmar comes Gwendy’s Magic Feather, a breathtaking novel that asks whether our lives are controlled by fate or the choices we make—and what price we might have to pay for those choices when we reach for the things we most desire. Prepare to return again to Stephen King’s Castle Rock, the sleepy little town built on a bedrock of deep, dark secrets, which is about to awaken from its quiet slumber once more.

Gwendy’s Magic Feather will be published in hardcover by Cemetery Dance Publications and as an audiobook by Simon & Schuster Audio on Nov. 19. Trade paperback and ebook editions will be released next year by Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books.

To be published as a Trade Hardcover Edition:

– Printed on 60# acid-free paper
– Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– World’s first printing, first edition!
– Retail price just $25

To be published as a Signed Limited Edition Hardcover:

– Printed at a larger trim size than the trade hardcover edition, with a different interior design!
– Personally signed by Richard Chizmar on a unique signature page
– Includes exclusive interior artwork that does not appear in any trade edition
– Featuring other exclusive Bonus Items we cannot yet announce to the general public!
– Printed on 60# acid-free archival quality paper
– Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Wrapped in a different full-color dust jacket
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price: $75

To be published as a Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:

– All of the special features of the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover plus…
– Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Richard Chizmar, Ben Baldwin, and Keith Minnion
– Housed in a custom-made traycase
– Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with deluxe endpapers created exclusively for this edition
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price: $500

Order the book HERE.

Chizmar, author of the story collections The Long Way Home and A Long December, as well as the upcoming novel The Girl on the Porch, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his solo journey through King country. Read the interview HERE.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly – LINK

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Heavy Metal Magazine Issue #293 Includes Stephen King Short Story, Little Green God of Agony

The most recent issue of Heavy Metal Magazine (#293) includes a Stephen King-penned short story called Little Green God of Agony that appeared as a web comic in 2012.

The synopsis of Little Green God of Agony is as follows:

Katherine “Kat” MacDonald is an RN hired to care for wealthy client, Andrew Newsome, who has gone from doctor to doctor trying to find a quick cure for his lingering pain to no avail. She is convinced that he would overcome the injuries he sustained in an airplane crash but he is unwilling to endure the pain of physical therapy. In desperation, Newsome has hired a healer, Reverend Rideout, who promises to “expel” his pain.

Here’s a full summary of what’s included in the issue:

Heavy Metal Magazine brings you tales of horror From Beyond The Darkness in issue #293.  Horror master, Stephen King, and artist Dennis Calero introduce you to the Little Green God of Agony –  Aliens searching for the afterlife, unfortunately, find what they’re looking in S.O.L.U.S. – Pahek delivers a story of space exploration gone wrong in Green Grower – Aliens from alternate dimensions find more than what they bargain for in Doppeldamons  – A revolutionary war battle takes a dark turn in White Death by Diego Agrimbau and Eduardo Risso – finally Heavy Metal’s new Managing Editor, Time Seeley, delivers a futuristic punch with a Megadeth’s Holy Wars: Punishment Due.  Continuing in this issue is Murky World by Richard Corben chapters 6 & 7.   Finishing in this issue is The Door by Michael Moreci & Esau Escorza.  Galleries by Flavio Greco Paglia, Denis Zhbankov and John Kenn Mortensen.

Order your copy HERE.

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Greg Nicotero Talks Creepshow, A Shudder Original Series

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, released a behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming original series Creepshow, featuring an interview with Executive Producer Greg Nicotero. 

Creepshow, the horror series based on the 1982 anthology film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, will premiere on Shudder later this year.

Shudder has announced eight of the twelve segments that will make up Creepshow’s six-episode season, including an adaptation of the Stephen King story “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter) and directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), as well as the following segments based on stories by other award-winning and acclaimed horror writers:

– By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill (NOS4A2)
– House of the Head by Josh Malerman (Bird Box)
– The Companion by Joe R. Lansdale (The Bottoms), Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale
– The Man in the Suitcase by Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead)
– All Hallows Eve by Bruce Jones (The Hitchhiker)
– Night of the Paw by John Esposito (The Walking Dead: Webisodes)
– Bad Wolf Down by Rob Schrab (Monster House)

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