The release of Kimberly Peirce’s faithful, solid, efficient, and therefore essentially pointless remake of Carrie gives me the opportunity to look back at the 1976 original, which is still one of my favorite films — and, in fact, one of the most important movies of my life. It’s one of the two films, the other being Robert Altman’s Nashville, that made me want to be a critic. And that’s because Carrie did more than thrill, frighten, and captivate me; it sent a volt charge through my system that rewired my imagination, showing me everything that movies could be. I’ll never forget the first time I saw Carrie, at my local mall the day after Thanksgiving. I was a teenage geek who was fast on his way to becoming a movie freak (in this culture, we all need a role, and that would be mine). But I was still finding my way in cinema world, so even though the film had been out for close to a month, I knew nothing about it. I hadn’t read any reviews; I had never heard of the director, Brian De Palma, or Stephen King, whose 1974 novel the movie was based on, or any of the actors. READ FULL STORY
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Warner Bros. has been exploring the possibility of a movie prequel to The Shining for quite a while, but the project just got a jolt of new life with news that The Walking Dead‘s former showrunner Glen Mazzara is in talks to write it.
But does the studio that released Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation have the rights to move forward? That’s a question the studio wasn’t able to answer definitively when EW asked last summer, and Stephen King himself recently expressed doubts. READ FULL STORY
'Room 237': Check out the poster for the awesome new documentary about Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' -- EXCLUSIVE
In Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic The Shining, Scatman Crothers’ chef Hallorann warns Danny Lloyd’s Danny to stay the hell away from room 237 of the Overlook Hotel — which turns out to excellent, if ignored, advice. But while room 237 is to be avoided, the new documentary Room 237 is a must-see, one which EW’s Owen Gleiberman has described as a “mesmerizing pop-art document.” The work of first-time director Rodney Ascher, the film showcases the theories of five obsessive Shining fans as to what Kubrick really intended with his Stephen King adaptation and features footage from both that snowy chiller and many others.
Room 237 opens theatrically on March 29 and will also be available on VOD, SundanceNOW, and other digital outlets from that date. You can check out the film’s trailer, synopsis, and — exclusively — the new Room 237 poster below.
The best non-fiction film I saw last year — and maybe the best film I saw, period — was The Shining documentary Room 237. Directed by Rodney Ascher, the movie showcases the theories of five unseen Shining obsessives about what Stanley Kubrick really intended with his 1980 Stephen King adaptation. The end result is at least twice as entertaining — and at least five times funnier — than that synopsis might indicate. (My colleague Owen Gleiberman did a much better job of summing up the movie when, in the course of writing about his favorite movies of 2012, he described it as “a veritable Kubrickian Da Vinci Code that’s really about the power that conspiracy theory now holds over our thinking.”)
• Child stars Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney will play brothers whose grandmother has evil powers in the Stephen King thriller adaptation Mercy. Riggs currently stars on AMC’s The Walking Dead as the son of Sheriff Rick Grimes; Courtney appeared in J.J. Abrams’s Super 8. [THR]
• French breakout star Elodie Yung will co-star with Evan Rachel Wood in the next film from director Gil Junger and the team behind Ten Things I Hate About You, a romantic comedy about a couple who meet while each is attempting suicide, titled Ten Things I Hate About Life. Producers say there’s no connection to the earlier film in the plot. One of the ten things we hate? As far as we know, a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt won’t be making an appearance. [Deadline]
• Lesley Ann-Brandt (Spartacus) will appear in the indie comedy Killing Winston Jones, about a teacher who tries to get the school gym named after his (still living) father. Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson, Danny Glover, and Jon Heder also star. [Variety]
Casting Net: Nicolas Cage attached to vigilante thriller 'I Am Wrath.' Plus: Joan Allen boards Stephen King adaptation
• Joan Allen has signed onto the domestic thriller A Good Marriage, an adaptation of a 2010 Stephen King novella about a wife and mother who discovers her husband of two decades is a serial killer. Peter Askin (Company Man) will direct from King’s screenplay. [THR]
• Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) is in talks to star in Queen and Country, director John Boorman‘s sequel to his 1987 Oscar-nominated WWII film Hope and Glory. The new film would follow the lead boy, Bill, now a young man who gets drafted into the Korean War. Boorman, who penned the semi-autobiographical screenplay, would take the directing reins once more. [Variety]
• Misty Upham (Frozen River) has joined the cast of the feature adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County, as the Native American college student who begins working for and living in the house of family matriarch Violet Weston (Meryl Streep). John Wells (The Company Men) is directing from a script by the play’s author Tracy Letts. [Variety]
Casting Net: Cynthia Nixon set to play poet Emily Dickinson. Plus: Sean Bean, Tom Wilkinson, Peter Facinelli
Casting Net: Nic Cage is ‘Joe’ and Heather Locklear gets ‘Scary.’ Plus: Alec Baldwin, Tom Felton, Juno Temple, more
Casting Net: Bruce Willis aiming to play CIA agent in ‘American Assassin.’ Plus: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher Plummer
Six months ago, EW wrote a very different headline: “‘The Dark Tower’ lives.“
That’s when Warner Bros. executives began considering filmmaker Ron Howard’s proposal for a multi-movie adaptation of Stephen King’s six-gun-and-sorcery fantasy epic. (The movie — and an accompanying TV series — had already been dropped as too expensive and too risky by Howard’s home studio of Universal Pictures.)
Sadly, for those hoping to see Roland the gunslinger’s quest on the big screen, Warner Bros. has come to the same conclusion, sources close to the project confirm. READ FULL STORY
• Stephen Moyer will play prosecutor John Fogelman in the West Memphis 3 drama Devil’s Knot. Fogelman prosecutes the case against three teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of homicide in 1993. Moyer will shoot in between his vampire duties on HBO’s True Blood, joining Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon in the film, helmed by Atom Eyogen. [Deadline]
• The Tom Holland-directed adaptation of scare-master Stephen King’s The Ten O’Clock People is in talks with Justin Long (Going the Distance) for the lead role of Brandon Pearson. In the story, part of King’s 1993 Nightmares and Dreamscapes book of short stories, Pearson uncovers more than the bad taste of nicotine gum when he tries to quit smoking. [Deadline]
• And more from the world of book adaptations: Oscar Issac (Drive) will join the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s (The Talented Mr. Ripley) 1964 international thriller The Two Faces of January, about an American con artist who kills a police officer and is on the run with his wife and a stranger in a foreign country. The film is scripted and directed by Drive writer Hossein Amini, who will make his directorial debut. Viggo Mortenson is also attached to star. [Variety]
Casting Net: Kevin Hart signs on to Brat Pack remake ‘About Last Night.’ Plus: Freida Pinto, Cloris Leachman, Jackie Chan
Casting Net: Will Arnett to play Batman…in Lego form. Plus: James Woods, Catherine Keener, James Marsden
Casting Net: Colin Firth, Cate Blanchett attached to Barbra Streisand-directed drama. Plus: Charlie Sheen, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph
• Forest Whitaker has been replaced by Jeffrey Wright in the thriller A Single Shot. Juliette Lewis and Jennifer Jason Leigh were once each slated to play the female lead in the casting merry-go-round, though they are no longer with the project. Jason Isaacs also just signed on, joining Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
The recent Off-Broadway musical revival of Carrie may have gone down like a gym on fire, but that seemingly hasn’t delayed Kimberly Peirce’s remake of the Stephen King classic. According to Vulture, the Boys Don’t Cry director has narrowed her search to fill Sissy Spacek’s two-inch heels as the titular telekinetic heroine down to two frontrunners – Chloë Grace Moretz and Haley Bennett. READ FULL STORY
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