Hulu Takes Bad Robot’s 11/22/63 Series; J.J. Abrams and Stephen King to Executive Produce

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Even though J.J. Abrams is currently busy in a galaxy far, far away, he’s still got time to turn back the clock to November 22, 1963 to explore what might happen if someone got the opportunity to go back in time and stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy because it was just announced that Hulu gave the adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 a direct-to-series order.

Bad Robot, King, executive producer-writer Bridget Carpenter and Warner Bros. Television will turn the book into a nine-hour event series.  Hit the jump for more on 11/22/63.

Director Josh Boone On THE STAND, Fidelity to the Novel, Script Status, and Whether He’ll Direct LESTAT

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Josh Boone is far from the obvious choice to direct a feature length version of The Stand; but The Fault in Our Stars filmmaker is an ardent Stephen King fanatic, a whole subplot in Boone’s debut Stuck in Love is dedicated to the prolific writer’s output.  A bevy of filmmakers have tried and failed to bring King’s seemingly un-adaptable post-apocalyptic novel to the big screen.  George A. Romero, David Yates, Ben Affleck & Scott Cooper have all been attached at some point or another.  But it seems Boone has finally done the seemingly impossible – the writer/director is now gearing up to direct a “three hour version with an A-List cast across the board.”

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Boone, in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of The Fault in Our Stars, about the status of The Stand.  In the following interview with Boone, he discusses Stephen King’s reaction to the finished screenplay, when he hopes to start filming, how closely it will stick to the novel and what he had to excise from the 1000 page book for the film adaptation.  In addition, Boone briefly touched upon recent reports that he is in talks to direct Lestat, the second in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Matthew McConaughey Eyed for GOLD and THE STAND

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Matthew McConaughey’s got an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for True Detective, he’s the star of one of the most anticipated movies of the fall, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and now, on top of that, it looks as though he might be lining up three more projects.

About a month ago we told you that McConaughey was in talks for The Company Man and now it’s being reported that he’s also wanted for the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand and Stephen Gaghan’s Gold as well.  Hit the jump for more on both films. [UpdateThe Stand director Josh Boone has taken to Twitter to clarify that he's actually be writing the film with McConaughey in mind for the role of Stu Redman and Christian Bale in mind for Randall Flagg.  More after the jump.]

A GOOD MARRIAGE Trailer and Poster: Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia Have Secrets in New Stephen King Thriller

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Screen Media Films has released the first A Good Marriage trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller, written by Stephen King.  Based on King’s short story of the same name, the film stars Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia as a seemingly happily married couple whose relationship is tested when Allen discovers that her husband may in fact be a notorious serial killer.  It looks like a decidedly Stephen King-esque story, which is fitting since he also wrote the screenplay.  I was recently reminded of Joan Allen’s brilliance while finishing up the final season of The Killing on Netflix, and combined with the film’s pulpy premise, she provides a nice point of attraction for A Good Marriage.

Hit the jump to check out the Good Marriage trailer and poster.  Directed by Peter Askin, the film also stars Kristen Connolly and Stephen LangA Good Marriage will be released in theaters and on iTunes on October 3rd.

UNDER THE DOME Comic-Con Panel Recap: Rachelle Lefevre and the Cast Discuss Stephen King’s Involvement and the Rest of Season 2

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Although the cast and showrunner of CBS’s big summer sci-fi program Under the Dome, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, were there to promote their own show, stars Rachelle Lefevre and Alexander Koch got into the Comic-Con spirit by coming to their panel decked out in cosplays as characters from Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead respectively. Along with fellow actors Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Eddie Cahill and Colin Ford and executive producer Neal Baer, Lefebvre and Koch discussed their characters, making the show, and teased the rest of the current season and what’s to come further down the line.

Hit the jump for our Under the Dome Comic-Con Panel recap.

Director Josh Boone Says His Adaptation of THE STAND Will Be 3 Hours, R-Rated, and with an A-List Cast

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Director Josh Boone is poised to have a very good weekend as his new film, The Fault in Our Stars, has a solid chance at dominating the box office.  If it does, it will give him more clout in his plan to adapt Stephen King‘s The Stand.  The movie has gone through multiple directors including David Yates, Ben Affleck, and Scott Cooper.  For those unfamiliar with the massive, post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror story, it’s set in a world that’s been ravaged by a plague and leads to an epic battle between a group of Americans and an Antichrist-like figure named Randall Flagg.

Boone stepped into replace Scott Cooper several months ago, and plans to reunite with his Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff.  During the press tour for Fault, he detailed some of his other plans for the daunting adaptation.  Hit the jump for more.

Hero Complex Gallery Opens “King for a Day” Exhibit as Stephen King Tribute; Preview 14 Works from the Art Collection

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The Hero Complex Gallery is hosting “King for a Day,” an art exhibit devoted to the collected works of Stephen King: his novels, short stories, scripts, television shows, and films.  There are tributes to The Shawshank Redemption, The Stand, It, Christine, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, The Mist, Misery, The Shining, Carrie, and more.

The exhibit opens Friday, March 21 in Los Angeles.  Hit the jump for more on the event plus a sampling from the art collection.

Josh Boone in Line to Replace Scott Cooper as Writer/Director for THE STAND

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The latest director to tackle the massive undertaking that is Stephen King’s The Stand appears to be Josh Boone.  The Fault in Our Stars director is nearing a deal to write and direct the adaptation, replacing Scott Cooper.  The write-up has Boone’s take on the source material envisioned as “a single, R-rated movie that will be faithful to the book.”  The Stand chronicles an epic battle between a group of Americans who survive a deadly plague and an Antichrist-like figure named Randall Flagg.

Paul Greengrass was previously reported as being on the shortlist for the position, but it looks like he joins the ranks of David Yates and Ben Affleck as helmers who were once attached.  Boone’s adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, opens June 6th.  (Via The Wrap)

Producer Akiva Goldsman Says THE DARK TOWER is Not Officially Back On; No Casting Decisions Are Being Made

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We’ve been talking about a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower for quite some time now, but after Ron Howard announced that the folks involved took “a vow of silence” about its progress, they did just that and we hadn’t heard anything about it since.  However, that all changed just a few weeks ago when Aaron Paul said that he’s sat down with Howard to discuss playing Eddie Dean in the film.  The thing is, Paul dubbed this meeting a “general sit down,” which in no way means he was offered a role in the film and the Dark Tower producer, Akiva Goldsman, just confirmed it.  Hit the jump for more.

CBS Renews UNDER THE DOME; Stephen King To Write First Episode of Season 2

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For those who felt that Under the Dome, CBS’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a town suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world, was already moving at a glacial pace: surprise!  CBS plans to drag things out even more by giving the show another season, even though it was originally advertised as a 13-episode miniseries.

The series has been a ratings hit for the network in the dead zone that is summer TV.  Therefore, despite other broadcast networks like NBC saying at the Television Critics Tour (currently going on in Los Angeles) that they plan to invest in more miniseries and limited series (which should help save and better define broadcast fare), CBS clearly has no real reason to change, quality be damned.  Hit the jump for more.

Executive Producers Neal Baer and Brian K. Vaughan Talk UNDER THE DOME, Working with Stephen King, Differences from the Novel, and More

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Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, the CBS drama series Under the Dome is about the small town of Chester’s Mill, which is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome.  Produced in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, the show stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds.

Collider was invited, along with a number of other outlets, to preview the pilot episode and chat with executive producers Neal Baer and Brian K. Vaughan.  With some cool effects, interesting twists and intriguing ideas, it’s definitely a show worth tuning into when it premieres on June 24th.  During the Q&A, the two talked about what it’s like to have Stephen King and Steven Spielberg’s involvement with the show, how different the end will be from the novel, that so far each episode is the equivalent of one day, how viewers will get some answers by the end of the 13-episode first season, that there will be character deaths, and how there will continue to be some cool effects throughout the season.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Optioned by Bad Robot for Cable TV Series

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With Stephen King’s Under the Dome set for its series debut on CBS this summer, the acclaimed author may be setting his sights on another TV show.  J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is vying for the TV rights to King’s time-traveling John F. Kennedy assassination novel, 11/22/63.  An adaptation of the book was previously attempted for a feature film, but there were creative disagreements over how to handle the unwieldy tome.  It looks like 11/22/63 may be bound for cable as a Warner Bros.-backed TV series instead of a full-length feature.  Hit the jump for more.

First Look at Brian K. Vaughan’s Adaptation of Stephen King’s UNDER THE DOME

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The first footage from the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome has been released.  As probably the most anticipated new show coming out this summer, the first look includes scenes from the episodes as well as some behind-the-scenes interviews with King, the creative team, and several of the actors.  Not too much has been revealed about the adaptation, but from what could be gathered during their WonderCon  panel and this first look, it looks like this could very well be a riveting, suspenseful, and imaginative interpretation of the novel.

King himself has been very involved, but also vocal about his support for the show to deviate from the novel and explore other avenues with the characters and the story.  With Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) at the helm of the show and a talented cast that includes Rachelle Lefevre, Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Britt Robertson, and Keith Harris, I’m expecting a solid and gripping thirteen episodes.  The series will premiere sometime in June.  Hit the jump for the first look.

WonderCon: UNDER THE DOME Panel Recap Featuring Star Rachelle Lefevre and Creator Brian K. Vaughan

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The cast and crew of Under the Dome, the latest in the seemingly endless slew of Stephen King adaptations, was on hand today to give fans a sneak peak at what the new CBS show has to offer. The story kicks off after the town of Chester’s Mill is inexplicably encased in an invisible and impenetrable dome. As an avid reader of King’s novels I have to admit that Under the Dome is not my favorite of his works, but the premise has great potential for episodic adaptation, particularly with “Y: The Last Man” and Lost scribe Brian K. Vaughan at the helm.

Under the Dome, which premieres June 24th on CBS, stars Rachelle LefevreDean NorrisMike VogelR. Keith Harris, and Britt Robertson. Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Jonathan Demme Leaves Stephen King Adaptation 11/22/63

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Director Jonathan Demme has one less potential project on his desk.  A little over a year ago, Demme signed on to write, produce, and direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s sci-fi novel 11/22/63.  It was rather exciting news, as the story centers on a 35-year-old high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Well it appears that Demme and King didn’t exactly see eye to eye on how to adapt the project, as the director has now exited the project.  Hit the jump to find out why.

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