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David Koepp's THE SECRET WINDOW trailer with Turturro and Johnny Depp!

Hey folks, Harry here... From time to time, there is a Stephen King adaptation worth getting excited about. Well, this is one of those. This April, David Koepp will be unveiling his 3rd feature film. His first was THE TRIGGER EFFECT, a movie that I actually have a bit of a soft spot for. The second was A STIR OF ECHOES which, unfortunately, was released in the midst of the mania over THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and THE SIXTH SENSE, and technically... my favorite of those three has always been STIR OF ECHOES. Kevin Bacon was incredible in that film, and it was a genuinely haunting tale.

Koepp does his absolute best writing when it is a project he's directing, and he is a damn good director ta boot. SO - with a cast that is made up of Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Ving Rhames, Charles Dutton, Maria Bello and Timothy Hutton, from a damn fine King novella... and with a trailer that has Turturro being a freak... well it looks good, well.. looks good for being in fucking Windows Media and Real Video... I'd prefer to have a big ol nice Quicktime of this, as Fred Murphy's cinematography is a bit lost with the frame loss of the following formats. Here ya go:

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  • Jan. 10, 2004, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Looks good

    by Ernie_is_evil

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 9:12 a.m. CST

    "Misery" redux

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

    Steven King must be a very Earth-conscious man... for all of the recycling he appears to do these days.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Looks alright ... but ...

    by ChaseSequence

    David Koepp is a hack. Panic Room was only good because of David Fincher and an excellent cast, and Stir of Echoes started off pretty damn good, but ended like a giant piece of shit. It looks like Johnny Depp's doing another paycheck movie to me ...

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Johnny Depp is a fag!

    by mbaker

    That's all that needs to be said.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Rufus, the story is *exactly* like "Misery"!

    by eraser_x

    Yeah right. And your "recycling" quip is so 100% original and new that I've never heard of it before. ;-)

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Johnny Depp and John Turturro play two fractured personalities o

    by Ribbons

    And at the end there'll be a cop car chasing a horse. It's like technology and man, it's like technology versus horse, it's like man.... versus horse.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Okay, seriously

    by Ribbons

    The preview is interesting. I know next to nothing about the story save for what was told in the preview, but the cinematography is gorgeous, and Johnny Depp and John Turturro are both reliable actors. David Koepp has done solid work elsewhere and knows how to cater to certain genres and directors, so I believe that it'll be fairly good when the writer and the director are both on the same page. And they're one personality. Also, 'Stir of Echoes' was pretty good. I think it was subconsciously dismissed as a knockoff of 'The Sixth Sense,' which is unfortunate, but it would probably have a better reputation if it came out half a year earlier.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Is this Misery, The Dark Half, or...?

    by TheForeverMan

    Seriously, I think King's been locked up in his house for too long. That said, the story does look kind of interesting, but ever notice how with some films they really jazz up the sound effects for the trailer? Watch this one again, and if you didn't notice the first time, pay attention to all the sound effects that don't appear to be related to anything happening on-screen. If the movie's as over-done as the trailer, it's going to be really goofy. Pity, too, considering the cast...

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 12:31 p.m. CST

    My name is GenericGeek, and I was a Stephen King addict...

    by GenericGeek

    ...until either I changed or he changed, and now I can't stand his books. Really, I was in the fan club, I received the "Castle Rock" newsletter and everything. I used to have dreams (back in the early 90's) about owning all chapters of "The Plant". Really, dreams, like sleeping and all. Jeez. So, on topic, I really don't care anymore about King films, but that cast... Guess I'll have to go anyway.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 1:47 p.m. CST

    "The only thing that matters is the ending"

    by Renata

    How much you wanna bet the ending sucks? Because the ending to everything Stephen King's touched in the past 15 years has sucked.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 1:51 p.m. CST

    King belongs in books, not movies

    by Durendal

    As a big fan of Stephen King, I have to say that this is probably going to suck. Yes, I have read the story, unlike many of the naysayers here claiming it's a recyled "Misery" or "The Dark Half" without ever cracking either of the books, much less "The Secret Window." It seems that Hollywood has run out of King novels to destroy. I didn't like "Secret Window" all that much. It was okay, but in reality it was kind of a recycle. There was enough originality in it to keep it interesting, but it was one of Kings lesser stories. Furthermore, I don't see it adapting to the screen very well, either. And let's face it: King books generally do not go well on the big screen (or TV), whether King is involved or not. King can write great books, but his filmmaking skills are lacking. I watched the new miniseries of The Shining. It was way too long and drug out, and that was because King wrote the script for it. And for anyone who has actually read It and then watched the miniseries, you'll realize just what an utter disgrace to the novel it is. Tim Curry made a good Pennywise, but that's about it. If ever there was a miniseries that needed a remake, that would be it. This movie might be good, but looking at the track record for King books to movies, I'd say it's probably going to suck.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Everythings Eventual!!!

    by TedSallis

    Ok, Ok, I know most SK stories end up making shit movies, but the title story of his 'Everythings Eventual' collection would make a great film, probably more so as a short. It's about a 19 year old kid who has "the coolest job in the world", and lives in his own house thats paid for. King unfolds this story in such a brilliant way, that, I kept thinking that the same method of revelation would transfer beautifully onto screen. I know the record sucks, but it's be great to see this story realized.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by TedSallis

    Ohhh god!! What is WITH these stupid studios!!!! ( I know I know). This movie looks terrible!! Why do trailers all need to have that 'fsssshhhhhhh!!!!!!!' every 2 seconds??? Will someone tell me???? Uggghh. Anyways, Im going to crwal into bed with Amelie and never come out....

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    I knew, and I am. I actually do know a few people (my bumblefuck newspaper columnist, for example) who hate him with a passion and who've actually said "well if you hate it so much, stop making movies here." While I disagree with some of his opinions (not all of them, and actually, not most of them), it has nothing to do with his acting. And all anybody does by boycotting his work is prove that people don't have the right to have their own opinions when they're too radical. Anyway, some windows shouldn't be opened BECAUSE THEN YOU GO SCHIZO!!!!!! 'THE 2,' COMING OUT THIS FALL!!!!

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    I think your idea of Americans is a little unrealistic. I don't know many that would do a 180 just because they found out someone lived in France. While there are a lot of ignorant people around here (as there are everywhere), you only see the most colorful in the news.

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 11:07 p.m. CST

    "From the writer of Panic Room"....?

    by Osmosis Jones

    Does Stephen King's name carry *any* box-office clout anymore, or are they just trying to distance this film from Dreamcatcher? Trailer was decent, but the novella was only okay (how many King stories are about successful authors, anyways?), and I remain iffy on Koepp's talents as a director (The Trigger Effect was marginally interesting, A Stir Of Echoes stunk up the joint). It will be interesting to see if Depp's post-Pirates box-office appeal will sell any tickets to this. Oh, and can we PLEASE get films versions of The Mist and The Long Walk? After seeing Gerry, I think that Gus Van Sant might be able to make the latter work...

  • Jan. 10, 2004, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Yes, they should make a movie out of The Long Walk!

    by Durendal

    I agree completely. That one was my favorite out of the Bachman books. It may have to come as a TV miniseries, depending on whether they cut parts from the story or not, but it could be damn good. The Mist could turn out good as well (If I'm thinking of the right one here. Wasn't that the long one at the beginning of Skeleton Crew that seems somewhat like the game Half-Life?), assuming the Hollywood assrapers don't fuck it up.

  • Jan. 11, 2004, 12:22 a.m. CST

    King adaptations won't mean jack until someone does THE MIST!

    by Cash Bailey

    Cast a great character actor who needs an opportunity to break as a leading man, (like Taye Diggs, for instance). Can the stupid sex scene, get WETA onto the effects and hire David Twohy to direct a script by Scott Frank and you'll have a classic. And whoever said THE LONG WALK; Amen, brother! I read that story when I was about 15 and it haunts me to this day, at 26 years of age.

  • Jan. 11, 2004, 1:24 a.m. CST

    My dream version of The Mist:

    by Osmosis Jones

    Kurt Russell in the lead. John Carpenter directs. Rob Bottin on creature F/X. Dean Cundey as cinematographer. Ennio Morricone on music. Frank Darabont writes the screenplay. My dream version of The Long Walk: Complete unknown teenagers fill the cast (except Freddy Prinze, Jr and Paul Walker, who play the first two Long Walkers to get shot), thus we have no idea who will "win". Paul Verhoeven directs (think Robocop and Starship Troopers futuristic satire). Rob Bottin again on makeup (I want to see that kid Olsen trying to keep walking with his guts hanging out). Have the last 20 or so Walkers take Tom Hanks-in-Cast Away style crash diets, so they'll look completely skeletal (or, just hire Lara Flynn Boyle). Do the film in long, unbroken camera takes, to wear the audience down as much as the Walkers.

  • Jan. 11, 2004, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Osmosis Jones: That would be the greatest movie of all time.

    by Cash Bailey

    Maybe some Japanese nutcase will have to direct it if you want it to be anywhere near faithful to the source. They don't seem to have a problem with that kind of thing.

  • Jan. 11, 2004, 11:37 a.m. CST

    My opinion on King.

    by jollysleeve

    Since you all asked, I'll give you my opinion on King. As a writer, yes he sometimes produces crap, but he can also be very very good. On movies based on King's stories: Yes, they can sometimes be bad, but sometimes they can be very very good.......HOWEVER. And there's no arguing about this, as it IS a proven law.....Whenever there is a movie or a mini-series that King himself has had a direct hand in (for example, as a Screenwriter or Producer) then it's GUARANTEED to be one of the worst things ever made. Amateurish. Idiotic. Laughable. Pick your Ed Woodian adjective. "Rose Red." "The Langoliers" miniseries. "Maximum Overdrive." "Storm of the Century." It doesn't matter. They're all pure crap. The man can (sometimes) write wonderful books, but as far as story-telling in the audio-visual medium, it's like he's completely tone deaf. I mean it's just crazy how inept he is. It's like he's TRYING to make awful movies. That's the only possible way to explain it. So, as a rule of thumb, if you see King's name in the credits in any capacity other than "Based on the Story By," run the other way, folks.

  • Jan. 11, 2004, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Storm Of The Century was awesome.

    by Osmosis Jones

  • Jan. 11, 2004, 2:11 p.m. CST

    The Mist:

    by walnutr113

    I say keep the sex scene, as it humanizes the story. Also go with Kings idea and film it in black and white, or maybe have it TURN to black and white as the mist rolls in. Dont skimp on the gore and creature affects. Cast that guy from Office Space as the lead. Isnt his name Ron something? (He was also in Band of Brothers.)

  • Jan. 11, 2004, 6:41 p.m. CST

    looks good to me

    by phanboi

    bring it on

  • Jan. 11, 2004, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by BillEmic

    Actually...I thought the first twenty minutes or so of Maximum Overdrive were rather genius. I love the scene where the soda machine grows ballistic at the T-ball game. If someone remade that movie in the present and just filmed an hour and 1/2 of machines going insane across the globe, it'd be fantastic. Recast Hulk Hogan in the lead, as the rough 'n tumble truck driver. At the climax of the film, he'd actually have a throwdown against his homocidal truck. "Clutch first, brother!"

  • Jan. 12, 2004, 1:31 a.m. CST

    I know I will get slammed ReL The Shining

    by EmilyQFan

    As scary as it was and I think it is a great movie...I can see why SKing didn't like it. They cut the book to HELL AND BACK and let out IMO a lot of story. I am not saying the TV miniseries version was better but the STORY was more intime with the novel that is for sure

  • Jan. 12, 2004, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Is this a fucking comedy, or what? Turturro acts like he's in a

    by Mosquito March

  • Jan. 12, 2004, 8:37 a.m. CST

    They should have called it:

    by numberface

    "Fear of a Black Hat". or "When the Scary Guy tormented the Guy Without a Comb". Or "Waz Up With the Snow Hat, Johnny". or "You Took My Book". And there should have been a talking bear. The Stephen King story had a talking bear. No, wait, that was something I dreamt.

  • Jan. 12, 2004, 8:42 p.m. CST

    King can't remember where he lifted this plot

    by Darth Brooks

    Find the 1952 Jack Lewis short story "Who's Cribbing?" - - it's the SAME PLOT. King needs to plagerize more-obscure works for his stories.

  • Jan. 13, 2004, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Bladerunnerunit is a f.. idiot

    by theouiner

    this is web site dedicated to movies. Try to find another french haters web site.

  • Jan. 13, 2004, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by Fish Tank