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It’s one month before John F Kennedy is due to be gunned down in Dealey Plaza and Jake Epping’s plans are in disarray. He’s spending most of his time looking after the injured Sadie back in Jodie, leaving the surveillance and sheer monotony of constantly watching Lee Harvey Oswald to Bill Turcotte. Oswald has got himself employed at the Texas School Book Depository and, still with no conclusive proof he is to be the shooter – or, indeed, the only one – Jake is in a race against time. (more…)

The New ‘It’ Movie Is Aiming for an R Rating

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It seems like babysitting is going to be a much more lucrative job in the near future. Ever since the Deadpool movie hit the jackpot with its R rating, the “PG-13=more money”mentality seems to be dying a slow and painful death. Now it seems like the studio suits are giving filmmakers some much-needed freedom when it comes to mature content. The upcoming Wolverine film is supposedly aiming for an R rating, and will hopefully give audiences an appropriately gory adaptation of such a brutal character. Moreover, there is another film is looking to be restricted to unaccompanied audiences under 17. This one in particular is an adaptation of a Stephen King story with one of the scariest clowns known to mankind.

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After years of speculation, a TV series forever languishing in development hell, along with fan outcry over the inherent troubles with creating The Dark Tower adaptation in the first place, the Stephen King fantasy epic seems to be finally be making a beeline for the silver screen. For anyone that’s still new to the fantasy genre, The Dark Tower is a western fantasy series written by horror mega-author Stephen King, spanning across seven books. It tells the story of Roland Deschain, son of Steven and last gunslinger of Gilead, as he crosses the Wastelands of Midworld in search of the titular Dark Tower, the absolute center of every world in the universe.

The story features a very large and impressive cast of characters and is presented in a very non-linear fashion by the author, which makes an exact adaptation a doozy for the uninitiated, to say the least. However, movie director Nikolaj Arcel believes that it can be done. But until we get some solid info on what the final product is going to look like, the development team have decided to weigh in on some of their more important creative choices…

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Steven King‘s The Stand was adapted to a miniseries back in the ’90’s, with Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald playing the leads. All I remember is the wheelchair guy from Forrest Gump acting like bad-ass (Sinise) and that the telling and overall scope of the series barely encompassed Kings novel. Now Warner Bros. wants to re-make it into a 2+ hour movie. I don’t think a single regular length cinematic adaptation could do the book justice. However, I suppose the story and character depth can be cherry picked and make for an adequate adaption. I’d prefer they leave well enough alone, but it’s happening anyway.

So.. onto the latest news. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has handed the task of directing and adapting the novel to…Ben Affleck. Uh, what? I didn’t see that coming. Not at all. As Deadline notes, the actor, who has been doing wearing the director hat as of late, including his current directorial project, Argo, has proven his directorial skills, along with Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Deadline doesn’t state whether this is a done deal for Affleck to direct, or if Warner Bros has merely offered him the gig.

I like Affleck’s work as a director, but I think The Stand is not yet in his wheelhouse. If he takes the job he’ll Boston-ize the shit out of it. On the other hand, Casey Affleck would be amazing as Stu Redman.

I feel another TV series would be better. Like on HBO or something and have Darabont or some shit do it up.

So.. Ben Affleck directing a famous, classic Stephen King film. Are you, the reader, psyched on this? Or, does Affleck lack the imagination and comprehension of  King’s finest (arguably) work? Also, Do you like apples?

The Stand tells the story of an outbreak that destroys a good portion of the world’s population, leaving the survivors to split into two groups, one good, and the other evil. That’s a very abridged synopsis of the story.It’s one of those Crash like deals, where story is told through different people, all of whom are connected by what’s going on.

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CBS Films and Warner Brothers have formed a partnership to produce a theater version of Stephen King’s epic story of good versus evil in modern America, The Stand.  Now they just have to figure out how, and in what form it will take, to get The Stand to the big screen.

The Stand is almost impossible to easily summarize. At its core, it’s about a plague nicknamed Captain Trips that basically wipes out everyone in the world. The few survivors remaining all share dreams of an evil being and they slowly end up gathering together and forming a community to try and defeat this evil.

Even that took a 6 hour mini-series on television to tell a toned down story starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe. George Romero of Night of the Living Dead fame was originally attached to direct a theater version of the film years earlier, but things fell apart as they do in Hollywood, mainly because no one could agree on a suitable way to adapt the huge amount of material.

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Marvel Comics has been adapting the story successfully since 2008 in comic book form.  There are collected graphic novels available that are well worth a look.

While this co-financing and co-producing news is all well and good, The Stand is a 3-hour movie, minimum, and that’s just the core story. If they chose to make it into more than one movie the problem becomes, how do you get people to come back to see such a grim version of the future?  Where do you break it up?  Will breaking it up change the story impact and story telling style?

Do you even think The Stand is adaptable? Should it be handled in a similar way that Universal is doing with The Dark Tower, combining movie and television?