Sony & MRC to fast track The Dark Tower Movie

Posted: April 10, 2015, 20:16:34
Section: Film » The Dark Tower

Sony Pictures has teamed with MRC to co-finance The Dark Tower. Sony will distribute what is planned to be the first in a series of movies. A complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.

The new script is primarily based on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, and the relationship between Roland and Jake. The film is a blend of horror and fantasy. The latest draft of the script is co-written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. It was totally reconceived by Goldsman and Pinkner from the version that had been previously developed and which took root first at Universal and later at Warner Bros. Goldsman is producing through his Weed Road with Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins, and I believe the author is also in a producing capacity. Pinkner will be exec producer.

Sony and MRC will go right out after filmmakers with this script, and put this on the fast track that hard-core fans of King’s book have long desired. Numerous stars including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have eyed the role of the gunslinger, but that role won’t be filled until after the director is set.

King, who options his works for $1 and likes to see progress, has been incredibly patient as this mammoth project — it’s his answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels — has taken its time and its twists and turns. He’s sparked about where the project is now.

“I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen,” he said in a statement. “Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.”

Tom RothmanSaid Rothman: “There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with The Dark Tower. I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we love the direction that Akiva and Jeff have taken. This is a great opportunity for a director to put his or her stamp on a cool global franchise.”

Source: Deadline.

A new King book, a new Lilja's Library Contest

Posted: April 10, 2015, 15:29:01
Section: Book » Finders Keepers (The Bill Hodges Trilogy #2)

A new King book, a new Lilja's Library Contest. This time you have a chance to be one of four lucky winners of a UK hardcover of Finders Keepers. You can enter the contest here.

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King Tweets

Posted: April 10, 2015, 09:18:44

Here are some interesting tweets from King...

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Finders Keepers Broadside - Collectors Item

Posted: April 9, 2015, 10:15:20
Section: Book » Finders Keepers (The Bill Hodges Trilogy #2)

Found this in the ”2015 Independent Bookstore Day Catalog”. Apparently there are only 1,500 of them out there and they will be used for the Independent Bookstore Day on May 2nd. So, go hunting all you collectors! And if anyone should get an extra copy please let me know as I would love to get my hands on one...

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Casting Announced For 11/22/63

Posted: April 7, 2015, 20:54:23
Section: Film » 11/22/63

Here is the cast for the upcoming 11/22/63.

Chris Cooper (Al Templeton) - The irascible owner of Al’s diner, a mentor/friend to Jake. His appeal to save Kennedy sends Jake on his incredible mission.

Sarah Gadon (Sadie Dunhill) - Sadie is the luminous, sharp librarian in 1960s Jodie, Texas. She falls in love with Jake, unaware of his double life.

Cherry Jones (Marguerite Oswald) - Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother. She is as needy and difficult as her infamous son.

Daniel Webber (Lee Harvey Oswald) - One of the most discussed figures in American history and an enigma even to himself.

George MacKay (Bill Turcotte) - A young, guileless bartender from 1960s Kentucky, Bill becomes Jake’s ally.

Lucy Fry (Marina Oswald) - Lee Harvey Oswald’s Russian wife. She is a knockout and challenged to make her way in a foreign country with her unpredictable husband.

Leon Rippy (Harry Dunning) - A kind, soft-spoken and damaged janitor at Jake’s school in 2015; his traumatic early life in the 1960’s has a surprising impact on Jake.

James Franco (Jake Epping) - A high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on the fateful date in American history.

Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two hours of the nine-hour event series.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Sarah Gadon To Star In 11/22/63

Posted: April 7, 2015, 11:55:45
Section: Film » 11/22/63

reports that Sarah Gadon will play Sadie in 11/22/63.

Sarah Gadon will star in 11/22/63, based on the 2011 bestseller from Stephen King about Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and a past that doesn’t want to be changed. Gadon plays the statuesque, smart and outspoken Sadie, a librarian at the Texas school Jake works at.

Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland) is directing the first two hours of the miniseres, with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot producing. Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road) has adapted the novel.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

IT Filmed in Bangor?

Posted: April 1, 2015, 15:24:53
Section: Film » It

The crew from the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT has been in Bangor to scope out potential filming locations. This was reported by Bangor Daily News yesterday and apparently Stu Tinker owner and operator of SK Tours, the official Stephen King tour of Bangor, took a production designer on a tour of the city on Monday.

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Content

Posted: April 1, 2015, 10:47:09
Section: Book » The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Table of Content:

Confirmed stories
- Afterlife (previously published in Tim House #56, 2013)
- Obits (New)
- The Dune (previously published in Granta #117, 2011)
- Morality (previously published in Esquire July issue, 2009 and Blockade Billy, 2010)
- UR (previously published as a standalone eBook and an audiobook)
- Drunken Firework (will be published as audiobook June 30, 2015)
- Bad Little Kid (previously published as a standalone eBook in France and Germany in respective language)
- A Death (previously published this year in The New Yorker)

Descriptions of stories included
- “a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again”
--- Probably Afterlife

- “a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries”
---Probably Obits

- “a poignant tale about the end of the human race”
---Probably Summer Thunder

Unpublished Stories = 1
Published Stories = 7 (8*)
Unknown Stories = 12 (11*)

* If I'm correct in my guess that Summer Thunder is included.

Where Do You Want Your King News?

Posted: March 31, 2015, 14:38:38

Lilja’s Library is sending out news on the web, facebook and twitter but are there other media you would like to receive your daily King news? There is an Instagram account for Lilja’s Library, would you like to see more photos posted there? Where else? I’m looking into new ways of spreading King news so let me know if you have any ideas.

King in 2015

Posted: March 31, 2015, 00:25:01

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