More Stephen King is making its way to the big screen. Amblin Entertainment has tapped filmmaker Josh Boone to pen the adaptation of The Talisman, the 1984 fantasy novel King co-wrote with Peter Straub, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The novel tells the story of Jack Sawyer, a young boy who must travel from New Hampshire to California to save his mother, who is dying of cancer. Along the way, he learns of an alternate universe known as The Territories, where "twinners" (alternate versions of people from our own world) live. Jack must travel through both the U.S. and the Territories to find an object known as the Talisman, which he believes will save his mother's life. Frank Marshall is producing the pic, and Michael Wright is executive producing. Boone previously directed The Fault in Our Stars, and has X-Men spinoff New Mutants due out April 13, 2018. The Talisman development comes as projects based on King's works have become particularly hot, with Warner … [Read more...] about Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’ Nabs Josh Boone to Write Adaptation
More Stephen King is making its way to the big screen. Amblin Entertainment has tapped filmmaker Josh Boone to write the adaptation of The Talisman, the 1984 fantasy novel King co-wrote with Peter Straub, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The novel tells the story of Jack Sawyer, a young boy who must travel from New Hampshire to California to save his mother, who is dying of cancer. Along the way, he learns of an alternate universe known as The Territories, where "twinners" (alternate versions of people from our own world) live. Jack must travel through both the U.S. and the Territories to find an object known as the Talisman, that he believes will save his mother live. Frank Marshall is producing and Michael Wright is executive producing. Boone is known as the director of The Fault in Our Stars, and has X-Men spinoff New Mutants out April 13, 2018. The Talisman development comes as projects based on King's works have become particularly hot, with Warner … [Read more...] about Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’ Nabs Josh Boone to Write
The R-rated horror blockbuster is the first September release to ever cross $200 million, much less approach $300 million. Hollywood and theater owners are collectively breathing a sigh of relief after September revenue reached record highs in North America, following a wretched summer. The recovery is thanks in large measure to New Line and Warner Bros.' It. To date, the horror blockbuster has grossed $291.2 million domestically, becoming the first September title in history to cross $200 million, much less approach $300 million. The previous record-holder was Hotel Transylvania 2 ($169.7 million). Domestic revenue between Sept. 1-30 clocked in at an estimated $700 million or more, up a hefty 19 percent from September 2016 ($616 million) and 14 percent from the previous record set in 2014 ($616 million), according to preliminary estimates from comScore. It continued to defy expectations over the weekend. In its fourth outing, the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel is estimated … [Read more...] about Box-Office: After Awful Summer, ‘It’ Fuels Record September in U.S.
Making your horror movie stand out against from its peers isn’t easy. You’re competing in a genre with a low buy-in that begets high ubiquity; literally anybody with access to cameras and corn syrup, plus a troupe of actors game enough to play dead on screen, can knock out a quickie horror project without breaking either a sweat or the bank. That’s the genre’s floor. The ceiling is considerably higher, decorated with a mural of horror’s recent classic-elects, a la The Babadook, The Witch, The Neon Demon, It Comes at Night, The Conjuring, It Follows, Prevenge, Get Out, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, You’re Next, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Honeymoon, V/H/S 2, and Jennifer’s Body. (And that’s only a preliminary tally.) If you want to distinguish your horror flick in an ever-expanding ocean of great horror flicks, in other words, you need distinguish yourself, whether through your craft, your casting, or your writing. Mike Flanagan, … [Read more...] about When Horror Movies Show Surprising Humanity
Exchanging emails with an idol can be excruciating. Just ask the Duffer brothers. Although they didn't say who reached out first, Matt and Ross Duffer — the brains behind Netflix's nostalgic thriller phenomenon Stranger Things, which returns for a second season on Oct. 27 — tell The Hollywood Reporter that they've been email buddies with the man who inspired them to do what they do. "He tweeted about our show and we've exchanged some emails with him," Ross explains, referencing King's tweets, one of which praised the show as "pure fun" and "A+" with another sharp-tongued post that it's like "watching Steve King's Greatest Hits. I mean that in a good way." "It still blows my mind because growing up he was such an inspiration — he’s like a god to us, and so, it’s been surreal just communicating with him at all," adds Ross. He says that the brothers usually put their heads together when composing a reply. "We spend a lot of time and make sure … [Read more...] about Stephen King Is Email Buddies With the ‘Stranger Things’ Creators
Want teenagers to put down their gadgets and take a trip to the multiplex? Give them R-rated horror. Then toss in a storyline about a misfit group of young teens banding together to battle bullies and the demonic Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and a bona fide blockbuster is born. Those between the ages of 13 and 17 are a big part of why New Line and Warner Bros.' $30 million film adaptation of Steven King's novel It has become a box-office smash despite the restrictive rating (no one under the age of 17 can buy a ticket unless they are with a parent or guardian). In three weeks, It has amassed more than $480 million worldwide, including north of $266 million domestically, the fifth best showing of the year to date in North America and the top gross of all time for a horror title, not accounting for inflation. During It's opening weekend, 15 percent of ticket buyers were between the ages of 13 and 17, according to comScore, which conducts polling in theaters across the country. The second … [Read more...] about Box Office: ‘It’ Transforms Into a Teen Sensation Despite R Rating
'American Assassin' also beats 'mother!,' an elevated horror film which earned an F CinemaScore and marked the worst wide opening of Jennifer Lawrence's career with $7.5 million. Darren Aronofsky's mother! stalled in its domestic box-office debut, grossing an estimated $7.5 million from 2,368 theaters after receiving a rare F CinemaScore and facing competition from the blockbuster It. mother!, an elevated psychological horror-thriller, supplanted The House at the End of the Street ($12.3 million) to mark the lowest nationwide launch of Jennifer Lawrence's career. The Paramount title, which costed $30 million to produce, came in No. 3 over the weekend behind It and new offering American Assassin. (In a sign that summer is over, all three titles are rated R.) Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's It continued to make history in its second weekend, declining a scant 51 percent to $60 million from 4,103 theaters, the biggest sophomore outing ever for a horror title. The pic is the latest … [Read more...] about Weekend Box Office: ‘It’ Devours Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ With $60M