Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game, based on Stephen King’s 1992 novel, is on track to be the best King adaptation of the year. Unfortunately, The Dark Tower opened to some pretty disappointing reviews – although our own Adam Popovich loved it! – and while expectations are high for Andy Muschietti’s It, some people (myself included) weren’t too crazy about his Guillermo Del Toro-produced debut feature, Mama. Flanagan, on the other hand, has been releasing hit after hit, including the Netflix original Hush which kind of came out of nowhere to impress audiences and critics with its effective scares on an extremely low budget, and minimal variations in character and setting.
Gerald’s Game seems to continue Flanagan’s tradition of combining a low budget, a single location, and a female lead to create minor but effective horror flicks. Below, you can check out the first confirmed shot from Flanagan’s adaptation, which is set to be released on Netflix sometime before the end of the year. As a quick refresher, the film revolves around “a woman [who] accidentally kills her husband after being handcuffed to a bed, leaving her unable to free herself. As time passes and she realizes that rescue is an all but hopeless thought, she begins to slip into insanity, the voices in her head manifesting into visions.”
Additionally, the film will be premiering at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, which runs from September 21st to the 28th, and will also feature the premiere of another Stephen King adaptation, based on his novella 1922, about a teenaged boy who kills his mother. The latter stars Thomas Jane (who will be acting in his second King adaptation, after The Mist) and will be directed by Zak Hilditch, whose 2013 film These Final Hours is both disturbing and strangely beautiful in a way that makes him a perfect candidate to adapt Stephen King’s work.
And if all that wasn’t exciting enough to get King fans jumping in their seats, the man himself has reportedly seen a rough cut of Flanagan’s film and loves it. Of course, the opinion of the author isn’t a make-or-break endorsement – remember, King famously hates Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining despite the fact of it being considered one of the best horror films of all time – but he generally does favor the better adaptations like The Mist, over the lackluster ones like Dreamcatcher and Secret Window.
Saw a rough cut of Mike Flanagan's GERALD'S GAME yesterday. Horrifying, hypnotic, terrific. It's gonna freak you out.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 11, 2017
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Source: Bloody Disgusting