If 2017 didn't bring you enough Stephen King adaptations, it looks like 2019 and 2020 are going to be even bigger years. While there's not a tone of news other than "we're adapting this", some of the front runners have been bursting through.
Doctor Sleep, King's sequel to The Shining, was originally released in 2013 and in 2020 we'll see an adaptation of it. While I haven't read Doctor Sleep since 2013, I do plan on re-reading it this year. From what I remember, I actually enjoyed the sequel more than the original. I felt a lot of the mature King come through, trying to make sense of the man he was when he wrote The Shining.
Mike Flanagan will be directing the flick and I am so incredibly thrilled with this news. Everything Flanagan touches turns to gold and I put a lot of faith in him. He's already directed a King adaptation, Gerald's Game, which was released last year to Netflix. Ps; it was fucking incredible. I still think about that wrist scene....
So far, Ewan McGregor has been cast as grownup Danny Torrence which is near perfect casting to me, and Rebecca Ferguson has just joined the cast as well. Currently, Doctor Sleep is set to release in January of 2020.
We've also been given lots of good casting updates for the Pet Sematary remake. Currently set to be released in 2019, the remake will be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch who brought us Starry Eyes. The script is being penned by Jeff Buhler who created Midnight Meat Train. So far we have John Lithgow cast as Jud, Jason Clarke as Louis and Amy Seimetiz as Rachel. There's also been mentions of Zelda making an appearance. AHHH I'm so stoked for this!
Finally, on the King side of things, we have the full cast for IT Chapter 2 and we know they are currently filming in Ontario. James McAvoy has already shared some photos from set hanging out with the old and new cast. Bill Skarsgård will return as Pennywise and Andy Muschietti returns to direct. IT Chapter 2 will hit theaters September 6th 2019. And you bet your ass I'll be in that seat opening night. And also the next night probably.
Leaving Stephen King waters and heading into the actual depths of the ocean, The Meg is coming to our screens SO SOON!!!! I am so fucking stoked for this giant shark movie.
Hitting theaters August 10th, The Meg follows a crew who have been trapped in an undersea observation building after being attacked by a massive shark, previously thought to be extinct. THE MEGLADONNNNN! Jason Statham plays Jonas, a deep-sea rescue diver who attempts to save the crew from this 75-foot-long shark. Like....hi? Did I write this movie in my dreams? I'm so fucking stoked. Also starring Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, and Masi Oka, The Meg is going to be an amazing summer flick. Don't believe me? Just check out the goddamn posters!!
Now remember two years ago, a little ol' movie called Split came along and blew everyone's minds? And everyone remembered why Shyamalan was so good? Except me, BECAUSE I NEVER GAVE UP ON HIM!!! Well, he's at it again and this time he's closing off the trilogy with his latest film, Glass. And this week he shared the incredible first poster for it.
Samuel L. Jackson returns as Mr. Glass and Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn. And newcomer to the series, James McAvoy will show up as The Beast once again, with Anya Taylor-Joy also making an appearance. Apparently at Comic-Con this year Shyamalan will be there to share more, and I'm seriously counting down the days. I'm so excited to see how this epic dark super hero horror ends. We've got a long way to go though for the actual flick, which won't be released until January 18th of next year.
Finally, here's just a few other small things I'm excited about this week:
- Scream Factory has announced they will be releasing a collector's edition of 1999's remake House on Haunted Hill. We can look forward to that on October 9th. I will absolutely be buying this!!
- We got a trailer for the new Purge TV series. I'm not super stoked on the idea of this, but they cast Fiona Dourif and I can watch that woman in anything. It will premier October 9th and run for ten episodes.
- The new season of American Horror Story will be a crossover of Coven and Murder House and will premier September 12th.
- It's pretty well known that What We Do in the Shadows is basically one of the best movies ever, and the spinoff TV show Wellington Paranormal premiers soon. They've given us a short trailer that had me laugh out loud twice and gives me very high hopes it will be just as great as the flick.
Lots of great stuff coming up you guys and it's only going to get better from here as October creeps even closer.