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'Oculus' Director Ready to Play with Stephen King's 'Gerald's Game'

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May 19, 2014
Source: Deadline

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If you happened to miss out on the spring release Oculus, it's a brilliant original horror flick that you'll want to seek out as soon as it hits Blu-Ray and DVD. Now the film's director, Mike Flanagan, has landed another interesting psychological thriller. Deadline reports Flanagan is attached to direct an adaptation of Gerald's Game, the 1992 novel of the same name from master of suspense Stephen King. The project is taking precedence over Diver, a film that was originally meant to start production this summer. But with King's approval for Flanagan to direct this adaptation, the pieces are moving fast to get it off the ground.

For those who aren't familiar with the novel, here's the official synopsis:

Jessie Burlingame, 39, is getting plenty tired of being handcuffed to the bed of her Maine summerhouse by her attorney- husband, Gerald, so that he can play his silly sex games. So when Gerald refuses to uncuff her, she kicks him in the family jewels, accidentally smashing them to kingdom come--and the terror begins. Each hand cuffed to a bedpost, the keys out of reach, Jessie howls for help--and is answered by a feral dog that proceeds to chow down on Gerald's face in lavishly described, muscle-shredding detail. As the long hours pass, cramps bite like iron jaws into Jessie's own flesh; but they're nothing compared to the thirst raging through her. Can she somehow reach the glass of water on the shelf above her head?

Knowing what Flanagan pulled off with the complex, perplexing mind trip that was Oculus, this sounds like the perfect source material for him to bring to life on the big screen. Intrepid Pictures is back to produce the film which Flanagan also adapted himself with his writing partner Jeff Howard. King's adaptations are tough to crack, and some are downright terrible, but Flanagan seems to have his head on his shoulders as a director, and we're greatly anticipating this new project. Sound good?

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  • DAVIDPD
    Sounds effed up. Let's do this.
  • Chris Groves
    I heard about this book from a friend of mine a while back, always thought it could make for a great, twisted film.
  • SkyNet300
    Yikes Oculus was pure steaming shit.
  • TheOct8pus
    The book was great. However, most of the action takes place in the woman's head while she's tied to a bed....it's gonna take some "outside-the-box" thinking to visually pull it off....then again, that movie about the dude in the box was pretty entertaining, and it didn't resort to cop-out flashbacks...
  • R3last
    I read the book years ago. Unfortunately, it makes me wonder if it's getting picked up now because of the light bondage aspect that begins the whole ordeal and the success of that fifty shades crap.
  • conradthegreat
    I read the book last year, it was great. Very scary and suspenseful, but there is no way to make this into a decent movie. No way.

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