It is contest time once again here at Lilja’s Library. But this is not just any contest. This prize is phenomenal. This contest is in collaboration with veryfinebooks.com and the prize (donated by veryfinebooks) is a signed first edition copy of The Dark Tower 7, personally signed by Stephen King directly onto the title page!
Mike Flanagan got to watch his adaptation of Doctor Sleep sitting next to King in a theater in the author’s home in Bangor, Maine. King had one issue with the movie, he thought it was too brutal. More exactly the death of actor Jacob Tremblay at the hands of the True Knot.
Flanagan tells The Kingcast: “It was one of the only times he leaned over to me during the movie was when Tremblay got killed. He leaned over and he was like ‘That’s a little brutal isn’t it?’ I was like ‘S*** I gotta go back, I gotta go back and edit this. I gotta pull stuff out.’ And we did, we changed it. We backed off…He said to me after as we talked about that, that was his only note for the movie really was, ‘That one’s gonna hurt…You need that, you’re right, but I would have a hard time showing this to my wife so you should think about pulling it back.’ And he was right.”
Posted: July 2, 2020, 16:48:15 Section: Film » Revival
Mike Flanagan talks about his work on Revival. A first draft of the script is done and King loves it.
“It’s a return to cosmic horror which I think is so fun. It is relentlessly dark and cynical and I’m enjoying the hell out of that. I think a lot of King’s work is like this too, there’s a safety in the sentimental approach to a lot of those stories and this is just bleak and mean and I like it for that. I haven’t gotten to end a movie that way since, geez, Absentia maybe? Maybe Ouija? I get to be like ‘Oh you want a dark ending? Cool, get ready. I’ve gotten pretty good about digging my heels in on stuff like that. It’s a lot easier to do, I can talk a big game when I’ve got Stephen King in my corner advocating for the same ending.”
Looks like Lisey’s Story will be delayed with only a few weeks left...
He also has an Apple TV+ series in the works with Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot, “Lisey’s Story,” which Stephen King adapted from his novel and stars Julianne Moore as a widow in free-fall after the death of her husband.
However, like everything else, production on “Lisey’s Story” shut down in mid-March. “We were [shooting] for six months in a row and we had a few weeks left, and we had to stop, so I guess we’re wondering and seeing how we restart, how are those conditions. I don’t have clarity today,” Larraín said during a recent Cannes market conversation with MUBI founder and CEO Efe Cakarel.
A few questions have popped in during the 8 hours since the contest went live, and I’ll try to answer them here:
Question: Why isn’t the contest open to anyone outside the US? Answer: The contest IS open to everyone no matter where you live. If you live outside of the US just put your country in the field marked "ZIP Code” and you’re in.
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Question: Is this really a copy of The Dark Tower 7 with an authentic signature by Stephen King? Answer: Yes. Here is the description of the prize:
Donald M. Grant. 2004. Stephen King "The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower" Signed First Edition, First Printing. This book has been personally signed by Stephen King directly onto the title page. Full number line as required for a first printing. Fine/Fine in a Fine slipcase. Event ticket and COA included. The dust-jacket is protected with a Brodart archival acid-free sleeve.
Question: Why and how can you give away a book like this for free? Answer: Well, I want to do it as a thanks to all of you that follow Lilja’s Library and I can thanks to the sponsoring of veryfinebooks.com.
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Variety have an update on the new Children of the Corn movie that was filmed in Australia during the pandemic shut down. The new film’s cast includes Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kate Moyer (“When Hope Calls”), Callan Mulvey (Avengers: Endgame) and Bruce Spence (The Road Warrior).
The film describes the events leading up to, and including, the massacre of the adults of a small town in Nebraska by their children, after the adults’ irresponsibility ruins the crop and the children’s future.
Producer Lucas Foster also says that the movie has almost nothing to do with the original 1984 classic. “We went back to the story and free-associated from there,” Foster said.
I got a chance to watch the unaired pilot for The Dark Tower series and here are my thoughts about it.
This pilot has a lot that I missed from the movie version. The cast looks like they would have pulled it off and the plans Mazzara had for it could have, if done correctly, made this series the Dark Tower adaptation we all wanted and wished for when the movie was done.
2016 Minnesota Opera performed an opera version of The Shining that they are now streaming an audio recording of. Its two-week run at St. Paul’s Ordway Theater was sold out but now you have the chance to listen to it. It will be available through July 5.
The Kingcast has done an episode where they talk to Glen Mazzara about his visions for The Dark Tower TV show that was supposed to air on Amazon (they later decided not to go ahead with it). Here is Glen’s vision for the first three seasons SPOILERS:
"Season One ended with the death of Susan ... In WIZARD AND GLASS very quickly you go from the death of Susan to the death of Gabrielle, [Roland's] mother. I felt that I needed a season to give me real estate so that Gabrielle's death didn't step on Susan's, and that it felt like an escalation. Roland fails to save Susan, but he actually shoots and kills his mother. In the book, Gabrielle is not really a detailed character in a way that, say, Susan is, or even Rhea is. Gabrielle is really not fleshed out. She just doesn't have as many pages attributed to her. I love that character. The actress we had for her was Elaine Cassidy, a fantastic Irish actress, and she did a really great job.
So for Season 2, the war with Farson was building. I was maybe going to use the shapeshifter story [from WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE] as part of season 2, and get to the death of Gabrielle and either the fall of Gilead there or the fall of Gilead would be the season three premiere. Very quickly, there would be a last stand at Jericho Hill and by episode 3.03 or 3.04 I was going to have Roland stumble out into the desert, follow him into the desert and then I was going to do a time-lapse so that maybe you actually age Roland and switch actors. Then you have a new Roland reset the show at the top of season three, then go into THE GUNSLINGER and by the end of that season go into THE DRAWING OF THE THREE."
For more info head over to The Kingcast and listen to the full episode!