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Samuel L. Jackson checks Cusack into King's evil room, 1408!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of interesting casting for the adaptation of Stephen King's short story, 1408, which was adapted by Matt Greenberg and is currently being polished by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

For fans of Stephen King's short story, there really was only two major characters. There's the ghost chasing author, Mike Enslin, who makes a living writing about supposedly haunted places. He hears rumor about a haunted room in the Hotel Dolphin, room 1408. He goes to investigate and the horror begins. Enslin is being played by John Cusack... great pick and the first King adaptation for Cusack since STAND BY ME.

The short story isn't very long, the second half of which is just Enslin "experiencing" the room. Just him and the room. The first half is the hotel manager trying to talk him out of staying in the room. I know that won't translate the same to the film... I'm sure we won't have the first half of the movie being an argument about whether or not to stay in a certain hotel room. But there were only two characters we get any great exposure to. Cusack is one and it lookes like Sam "The Man" Jackson is the other.

I love Samuel L. Jackson and I'd love to see him in every movie, but I have to be honest... I don't think he's the right pick for this character. At least as he was written in the book. Sam Jackson has a level of control and strength in his personality, in his eyes, and this character isn't nearly that strong. When I read the character I was thinking more along the lines of Paul Giamatti. The character has a little strength, but certainly not the kind of control.

That being said, I don't know how Greenberg or Alexander/Karaszewski are handeling the character in the feature film. I'm happy to see Samuel L. Jackson in anything, so I will look forward to him in this flick and he is an actor afterall. It's his job to pretend to be some other kind of person, but my knee-jerk reaction is above. I still get a really good vibe off this project. Love the short and love the talent attached.

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  • April 4, 2006, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Snakes on a Plane tho?

    by digital8

  • April 4, 2006, 1 a.m. CST


    by troutpencil


  • April 4, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Been Looking Forward To...

    by Boxclocke

    ...a good John Cusack movie. He's made some questionable-at-best choices lately. Oh, and first.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    always keeping my fingers crossed...

    by donkeypark

    ...for more Stephen King adaptations. Cusack and Jackson? Hell yeah.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:32 a.m. CST

    just read this again

    by apophenia

    just read this again, i can def see sam jackson in this role. a quiet sam jackson. restrained. i just hope that they can pull this movie off. whatever.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Snakes on a Plane...

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    I wonder what the first sequel will be, Snakes on a Bus, or Snakes on a Train?

  • April 4, 2006, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Greyhounds on a Greyhound...

    by oh_riginal

    Starring Sam "Da Man" Jackson and Phillip Seymour Hoffman... PSH: "First I'm going to take off this dog's muzzle, and have him attack you. Then I'm going to unlock the other cages in the back, and let them kill the bus driver. Then I'm going to call Keanu Reeves private cell phone number and say 'What do you do... what do you do'then I'm going to feed the dogs some biscuits, then I'm going to stop at a greyhound station and take a huge shit. Then I'm going to sic my dogs on Tom Cruise's house, then I'm going to kill him in front of you."

  • April 4, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Cusack in Stand by Me?

    by SlappyMcNeal


  • April 4, 2006, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Yeah, he was...........

    by abiggerboat

    The older brother. Who Died.

  • April 4, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Glad Cusack Got the.....EIGHT fucker

    by psychedelic

    It's cool that...Orpheus on the orpheum Circuit!!,,Cusack's eyes wide in dis...crooked pictures...melting...SIX, this is six, this is goddamn fucking SIX!!!!!!!

  • April 4, 2006, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Cusack in Stand by Me? - SlappyMcNeal

    by amievil

    John Cusak - Stand by Me (1986) - Denny Lachance

  • April 4, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST

    By a wierd coincidence...

    by Cuban Pete

    I read this story just last night. It's cool 'n' all, but I can't see how they're going to stretch it out to a full length movie.

  • April 4, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Nice Cast

    by Evil Chicken

    Cusack and Jackson

  • April 4, 2006, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Anybody here really really liked IDENTITY?

    by Gilkuliehe

    I know I did. Great plot. And has Cusack checking in weird ass rooms.

  • April 4, 2006, 7:59 a.m. CST

    I read 1408

    by slyde

    and there isnt much of a way that that short story could be made into any kind of decent movie. There wasnt really enough to it. It's just going to be another badly made King movie, no doubt. Visit

  • April 4, 2006, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry, Quint...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but it's guys like you, who'd like to see Sam Jackson in everything, that lead casting directors to say: "Hey! You know who we should get for this movie? Sam Jackson!" Even when he's not at all right for the part (as in this case). Is there a movie in development right now that Sam doesn't at least do a cameo in? Don't get me wrong. I love the guy. But he's WAY fucking overexposed right now.

  • April 4, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I thought Identity was pretty good

    by Brock Samson

    It wasn't great, but it had some good moments. Cusack needs a hit in this kind of genre. He's become the lame go-to guy in romantic "comedies" while Jeremy Piven, who used to be in his shadow, is breaking out. I love this short story, and hope they do it justice. And maybe they'll put some motherfucking snakes in the room.

  • April 4, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Bleeding tits and sharpened teeth...


    This will a great film. There's plenty of material, if they flashback and show the debunkers previous "encounters". The night with Dahmer could be hilarious.

  • April 4, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Sam Jackson IS in every movie!

    by BigTuna

  • April 4, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Definitely would make a great 45 minute (no ad) TV ep .

    by Shan

    ... but for a 90 minute movie they will need to create more material. The movie will sink or swim depending on what they come up with. Here's hoping they're successful.

  • April 4, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST

    This is a great short story. One of Kings Best. BUT

    by Lovecraftfan

    aside from being short you guys are completely ignoring whats going to make hard to adapt. What happens in the hotel room is not really over but rather mental. Oh and where Mist!!!!

  • April 4, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Where's The Mist movie?

    by tripp5

    pulled off right, that could be scary as shit. you can never go wrong with unseen tentacle monsters and massive dismemberment.

  • April 4, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    "Cusack in Stand by Me?"

    by Shan

    Imdb is your friend ...

  • April 4, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Ghosts in a Room

    by luv

    Sam should be in this movie because.... when you absolutely, positively have to go into a room full of ghosts: accept no substitutes. I can see it already... John: which room is it? Sam: The one that is full of bad motherfucking ghosts.

  • April 4, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    sample dialogue?

    by Guy Gaduois

    Yes, I want room 1408. But I don't want to sleep on anything. I don't want to bleed or drool or ejaculate on anything. And I don't want to sleep on anything that's been bled on, drooled on or ejaculated on. My research tells me that I'm going to be posessed and overwhelmed by evil spirits in this "haunted room", but I don't think I will experience any particular manifestation. So right now, I'd like the key to the room and spend as much time as possible in the room.

  • April 4, 2006, 1:05 p.m. CST



    You just made the old lady crack the fuck up.

  • April 4, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    When Sam Jackson says...

    by TheMinorityVote should stay out of the ff-ing room, YOU STAY OUT OF THE FF-ING ROOM!!! Therefore it wouldn't, like, work. 'N stuff.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    This movie just got a whole lot muthafucking worse

    by Doc_McCoy

    Sam Jackson is a terrible, terrible actor.

  • April 4, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by Hail

  • April 4, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    ...IN A...

    by Hail

  • April 4, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by Hail

  • April 4, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Short Story

    by flipjinklee

    Stephen King wrote a short story called 'Trucks'. If I remember correctly, it was only 5 pages or so and they were able to create a fantastic film called 'Maximum Overdrive'. I personally feel if they can make 'Trucks' into a full feature, they will have no problems doing the same with this film.

  • April 4, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST

    They should make a King short story movie.

    by AragornElfstone

    Just go from one short to another, not explaining anything, just going from one extreme to the next. It would be awesome! They could do "Everything's Eventual" in 3 hours! It could start a new genre.

  • April 4, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    1408 will Pee OWN YOUR ASS

    by Cumlauncher

    Those of you who havent read the story yet have no say in this. This story is so scary it will rip your throat out of your asshole! Wonder how they're going to do the makeup when John Cusack's character becomes a human candle..oh whoops, SPOILER!!

  • April 5, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Great short story but...

    by Kuj

    sounds like a bad idea for a movie. Do horror movies just suck so much these days, or what? They just can't seem to sustain any kind of the feeling that a horror movie should have for two hours. I mean, I loved the Ring and thought is was truly scary and suspenseful, but only for about the first hour. Other than that I haven't been feelin anything in the horror genre. I use to love watching Tales From the Crypt, maybe thats the format for a great short story like this.

  • April 6, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by flipjinklee

    Hey Cumslerper, your supposed to put SLOILER before you actually spoil it. Now I don't have to watch the movie, thanks dumfuk.