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AICN Exclusive: Who's writing the adaptation of Stephen King's CELL? Find out here!!!

Published at: Oct. 21, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here... I've been awake for nearly 40 hours straight now. I started out waking up in Austin 5:45am CST Friday... and traveled to Prague (2 flights and a 6 hour layover at JFK)... where I got off the plane, got into my hotel, showered and left for the set of HOSTEL 2... stayed for the entire day... now I'm back in my hotel and am about to black out before I get to spend tomorrow exploring the city.

But first a little info I received during my set visit regarding Eli Roth's upcoming Stephen King adaptation, CELL. It was announced he was directing it a while ago, but now a deal has been made to bring on the person (persons, in this case) who are adapting the novel (one that I believe is King's most fun book, not counting his Dark Tower work, in a decade). As the old knight would say... he has chosen... wisely...

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will be adapting Stephen King's CELL.

They recently rewrote Matt Greenberg's script for the Stephen King adaptation 1408, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Word around the campfire is that script is absolutely fantastic. They also wrote the brilliant script for THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT and MAN ON THE MOON... let's forget they wrote AGENT CODY BANKS and focus on their successes! I mean, they wrote ED WOOD for god's sake!

Can't wait to see what they do with this book. I hope they make it their own, but still honor the original material. It hasn't been alive long enough to become a Stephen King classic, but like I said above, I think it's one of this most fun and entertaining books in a long while. I'm going to slip into a minor coma now. In the mean time, what do you folks think of this development?


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  • Oct. 21, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    They also wote Ed Wood

    by Barry Egan

    That's a pretty decent script.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 5:39 p.m. CST

    I'll be honest,

    by thenewpulper

    Thank God Roth isn't writing it. No insult meant, but that boy and a pen do not go hand in a hand.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 5:46 p.m. CST

    eli roth?

    by blacklodgebob

    You've got to be kidding me. Eli Roth is directing cell? Well, perhaps he'll actually make a good movie.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:10 p.m. CST

    eh...thats okay

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    but, your line about "I hope they make it their own but honor the original" is bullshit.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Two star Director plus two star book=

    by Power_Girl

    Two star D grade movie!!!

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:27 p.m. CST

    If The Dark Tower was ever made...

    by thenewpulper

    Into a series of films, or even an HBO miniseries, it would be one of the biggest undertakings like ever. There is no wasted space in those damn books. Masterful. That is all. I vote for Darabont to adapt and direct all of them, be damned if it takes ten years to complete.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:30 p.m. CST

    It'll be interesting to see

    by godoffireinhell

    what an Eli Roth movie is like when he is adapting a novel and working from someone else's script. My issues with HOSTEL are certainly not with the way it was directed and looked visually.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Damn you Michael Bay...

    by Ribbons

    First!

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Adapt?!?!

    by Bruce Leroy

    I don’t know about this…How good of a movie can you make that’s based on a (IMHO) bad novel. Cell starts out good enough. When all hell breaks loose, the phone crazies start to rampage and civilization goes down the tubes. Then after a while the story turns around on the reader. It’s not going anywhere. Even worse, the phone crazies turn out to be something else. At that point you wish Stephen King just wrote Cell as a traditional zombie story. The ending kills it completely. I’ve never been pissed of by a book but i guess there is a first time for everything. How in the hell are they going to adapt something this bad?! Anyway, don’t bother with Cell. If you want to read a good novel about zombies, you’re better of with World War Z by Max Brooks.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST

    the ads

    by jinamina

    i can imagine how the trailer will go already. "From the director of Hostel and the author of The Shining." On a separate note, how does the same people write Ed Wood and Agent Cody Banks?

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:50 p.m. CST

    btw...

    by Ribbons

    ...they must get whoever the cinematographer was on 'Do the Right Thing' for this movie. I don't know why, but they must.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Dark Tower

    by nuetro

    was like following a road 25,000 miles long and being promised a city made of chocolate only to find out it was made of prunes.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST

    your not ever going to make a good movie.

    by Zatoichis Glasses

    so shut up. damn haters

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 8:17 p.m. CST

    SERIOUSLY, people!

    by Jme

    Can't you guys just relax and enjoy a movie for once? If you go to McDonalds expecting a spaghetti dinner you're going to be dissappointed. Know what I'm saying?

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST

    "NO WASTED SPACE" in 'Dark Tower' series?$%$@

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    The last 3 books were pretty much uniformly awful.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    They also wrote Problem Child...

    by Batutta

    ...one of the WORST MOVIES EVER, so they're not infallible.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    The cell was a mixed bag for me

    by Ridge

    I felt it started out great, had some great middle moments but massively fell apart at the end. The way the book ended tho was brilliant. Hope thats how the movie ends too...

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Met these writers once...

    by SK909

    Back in the summer of 1996, I did the summer production workshops at USC and these guys were guest speakers. The one dude looks exactly like Steven Spielberg. It was interesting, cause they were right on the cusp of People vs Larry Flynt, I believe, and they were the nicest people in the world. Actually, that was my experience of everyone that came to those sessions. Once a week, the directing/producing class goes to Universal's back lot rehearsal halls for a round of guest speakers. It's like 12-15 students and the speaker, very intimate. Anyway, I remember Liar, Liar was shooting and the production designer, Linda Descenna just suddenly decided to takes us on a tour of all the sets. Before Spiderman, Rob Tapert was producing Xena with his and Sam Raimi's production company, and he offered to show us the set-up they had for the computer effects nearby. Our first was Gerald Molen, who was producing Lost World and had just come from a meeting with 'Steven' across the lot at Amblin where he told him he probably wouldn't be going to Dreamworks with him. I was literally a week out of high school and it was a truly amazing, very heady experience, made more amazing because I discovered that many creative people are incredibly helpful when they can be and are very decent people. Anyway, glad to see these guys are still doing well.

  • Oct. 21, 2006, 11:19 p.m. CST

    WTF

    by oscarbait

    Big fucking deal! Eli Roth is a hack!

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Why is it that any King production always has...

    by blackwood

    ardent haters?<br><br>I dug Cell. It didn't move heaven and earth. Dark Tower - eh, jury out. How could you finish that series in a satisfying way?

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    WRAAH!

    by blackwood

    Seriously, no one cares.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 2:16 a.m. CST

    "Cody, what's the school nurse doing here?"

    by Bill Clay

    Hilary Duff in her prime! Ahhhh, the memories!

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST

    It was years since we had a good King adaption

    by BenBraddock

    Seriously, look at the list and be honest with yourself. "Secret Window" was boring. "Dreamcatcher" was a mess. "Hearts in Atlantis", meh. All of his TV stuff sucks, "Kingdom Hospital" was horrendous. You can count the real classics on one hand - when did "Misery" come out, 15 years ago?? And this from a man who's had over 100 of his works filmed. What does that tell us? It was too long since King wrote anything that the real talent want to touch, it's just hacks and has-beens nowadays. And I was a big fan - disappointed how it's all gone to hell for King..

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Cell...

    by Boba Fat

    did lose it at the end, Levitating phone crazies? I grew out of reading King around the Tommyknockers which did a similar thing to Cell i.e went crazy ape shit at the end and lost me. Checked back in with cell and he did it again! I think they'll lose the levitation for buget reasons though so the film could be an improvement.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Unfortunately...

    by Poopoodio

    Cell is the worst book Stephen King has written since Rose Madder. Yes, even worse than that cringeworthy last Dark Tower book where he wrote himself into the story, in some kind of perverse ego-masturbation about his accident. Cell was muddled, lazy storytelling, with an identikit cast of characters, and a pedophile old schoolteacher.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Cell was Kings 2nd worst book ever

    by BitterMan23

    (the worst being BUICK 8). Im not sure that these guys and roth are good enough to make a decent film out of it. I hope Eli gets past his union hatred enough to shoot the boston scenes in BOSTON.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 4:34 a.m. CST

    p.s. only DT6 sucked

    by BitterMan23

    if you disliked 5 and 7, you clearly weren't following the story correctly anyway. I thought it was a perfect ending. 6 sucked because it didnt have its own self contained story the way the others did, all it was bridge 5 and 7. <br> <br> And the only, ONLY way to ever do DT would be a HBO series. 7 seasons, one for each book season 1 can be six eps, since DT1 is pretty short in comparison. Season 7 ends where King says it ends, and then the DVD has a bonus episode with the rest of the ending (anyone who read it knows what im talking about).

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Dark Tower and The Cell...

    by FilmFanatik

    If I had my pick to see which one I'd want made into a movie, it would be the Dark Tower. And I agree with everyone here, it's gotta be an HBO miniseries in the style of Deadwood and Carnivale. Gritty and f*cked up. Violent and Insane. Deep and Disturbing. I look forward to the adaption of 1408 with Sam Jackson and John Cusack and the, hopefully, someday, adaption of The Talisman.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST

    to clarify, for Snuffles

    by Jme

    Going to Mcdonald's for spaghetti will disappoint you. Know the shit you eat, or go on a diet..eat salads, I hear they're doing wonderful things with lettuce and spinach these days. hehehe I made my first nasty talkback comment. Honestly, Snuffles, no hard feelings, I just thought it was a funny joke.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 9:11 a.m. CST

    The Darktower....an HBO Series....

    by Gunslinger1919

    Ok...the last few books didn't make everyone happy...but at the very least he didn't go Edwin Drood on us and leave an half finished series. The end of the series has grown on me...and I think it's a good one. As for it becoming an HBO series...I think that would be a great idea...assuming they don't get into the series up to WIZARD AND GLASS and decide to pull the plug ala Carnivale... --G

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Bleh

    by Atomic.Lobster

    The days of picking up King on the first hardback release are long gone... Cell will be skimmed second hand if at all and I can't bring myself to care about the movie. He hasn't written anything good in close to twenty years. Never understood the Dark Tower love. The first one was interesting - readable, evocative, and well worth returning to more than once. The rest of the series was an interminable stream of drivel. And I used to *love* his stuff. Something broke around '87.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Salami Sam

    by blackwood

    My business is protecting the fragile hearts and minds of AICN Talkbackers from shitpeddlers such as yourself. Your pimping is uninspired; your short film is crap.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST

    So wait....

    by OBSD

    As you said: "I hope they make it their own, but still honor the original material." Does that mean CELL or the book it ripped off, (oops, I mean "paid homage to") I AM LEGEND? I can never quite get the hang of this "original material" thing when it comes to Hollywood.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Can they fix King's lack of computer knowledge?

    by Nodwick

    Sorry for the spoilers, but the thing making people zombies turns out to be some kind of computer virus for humans, and the characters theorize it "went wrong." What's the solution to save someone infected by the virus? Why, by re-exposing them. Seriously. One character (the standard teenage computer-whiz) says, in all seriousness, that one computer virus can knock out another, allowing the computer to "re-set." Where the hell did King get THAT idea? If he's a mac user, that misconception might make sense, but you'd think someone SOMEWHERE would have taken him aside and shown him how viruses actually work. Besides, it seemed like King trying to do an updated version of "The Stand" with a smaller cast.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    As for why there are "haters..."

    by Nodwick

    ...it's because his adaptations are generally shit. There's a reason you care about the characters in his novels: No matter how loopy the "monster" is, King takes the time to make the people being ripped apart into actual folks you know and want to see succeed. This is what movies and TV shows have the hardest time doing, and all we end up seeing is a bunch of idiots we don't give two farts about being eaten by cat-people or run over by killer cars. If the producers will give less time to the monsters and more time to fleshing out the "heroes," I guarantee they'll be more worth watching. And if any of his works are to be done on TV, it's gotta be on cable. Network TV can't do it properly (just look at "It." They really ran up against that "not endangering children" rule at the FCC).

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Nobody hates King like ACIN talkbackers.

    by Lovecraftfan

    Wait til he dies he suddenly be put on a pedestal around here. Was I really the only who thought the last 3 book were a ballsy brilliant way to the end the series. Of course it pissed off people it does something very different. And for those who constantly bemoan King being in the DT series ever heard of a writer called Hemingway. He wrote about himself and his screwed up family all the time and called them different names. King just took a step further.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Dark Tower 5 and 6 have flaws...

    by DanielKurland

    But 7 is pretty fantastic, just for everything that happens in it, the connections to his other novels...I can see people having problems with the ending, but to me it was fitting. However, "Drawing of the Three" is just a straight masterpiece. I remember buying books 1-3 at a garage sale, and trudging through the first one, and then finishing the entire second book in a day. It is such a huge step up. "The Wastelands" is also really good, but there are some parts that drag, but stuff like Gasher, Tick-Tock Man, and fucking BLAINE THE MONO are incredible. And ending book 3 on a cliffhanger...Man that was a series.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Well at least they didn't let Roth write it...

    by LeiaDown&FuckHer

    I mean my God his writing is fucking bad. His direction is bad enough (or strictly mediocre and insipid on a good day), but his writing and dialogue is fucking atrocious. So yeah, the more they manage to reign in the Eli Roth idiocy and talent vacuum the better, though I still have very little hope for this project regardless.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Writers of Agent Cody Banks and Ed Wood:

    by CreasyBear

    I guess most working screenwriters in Hollywood have the talent and skill to give it their all, but when the movie idea screams FORMULA!, expect a formulaic plot with the expected dialogue. Yes, a good writer can work wonders with a popcorn flick idea, but it rarely happens that way. Classic example of scriptwriting schizophrenia: Akiva Goldsman, giving us A Beautiful Mind after inflicting Batman and Robin on us.

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 9:33 p.m. CST

    GASHER...TICK TOCK...ET AL

    by Gunslinger1919

    Dan... Yeah....WASTELANDS was a friggin masterpiece. Tick Tock Man and Gasher were awesome. From the moment they enter Lud to the end with the riddling (so reminiscent of Golem's games, no?) it was a fucking roller coaster ride. I also love, love, love WIZARD AND GLASS for the sheer poetry of it. As for how did King kick his coke habbit as was asked earlier...an intervention. He mentions it in one of his interviews. His family sat down, dumped the beer cans and the bloody tissues from his nosebleeds in front of him and begged him to get help. I'd wager he's not as sharp as he'd have been had he not gotten on the shit, but he still tells a pretty mean story when he puts his mind to it. --G

  • Oct. 22, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    McSpaghetti

    by Thes

    Actually, Jme, you can now buy spaghetti bol at Maccas here in Australia. Weird, huh! And I love King. Would kill to see the DT series done well and desperately want to see a Bag of Bones movie. *sigh*

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Dark Tower HBO Series Petition

    by Jumping Windows

    Just kidding. Really, the only book that I would like to see adapted is "Bag of Bones". Do a 70's style ghost story without strobe flashes, computer shrieks, and shitty CGI. Anybody who would touch it would fuck it up, so never mind. The creepiest parts of the "The Skeleton Key" were stolen from that book. "Bag of Bones" could be a great fucking movie. I guess Hollywood is too busy adapting crap like "Cell" or remaking "Halloween". BTW, good luck with that Zombie. You'll have as much success with that as I would trying to fuck your hot-ass wife.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Dark Tower HBO Series Petition

    by Jumping Windows

    Just kidding. Really, the only book that I would like to see adapted is "Bag of Bones". Do a 70's style ghost story without strobe flashes, computer shrieks, and shitty CGI. Anybody who would touch it would fuck it up, so never mind. The creepiest parts of the "The Skeleton Key" were stolen from that book. "Bag of Bones" could be a great fucking movie. I guess Hollywood is too busy adapting crap like "Cell" or remaking "Halloween". BTW, good luck with that Zombie. You'll have as much success with that as I would trying to fuck your hot-ass wife.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 5:30 a.m. CST

    I totally agree with BitterMan23 above...

    by Zino

    about book 6 being the only weak DT book (though all have a few weak moments). And whenever I read the books, Clint IS Roland in my mind. I guess he is a bit old now, but I'll be damned if I can think of anyone else who can fill those shoes.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Cell is half of a good book.

    by fireclown

    THere was a lot of good stuff in there. But once again King pulls defeat from the jaws of victory by not being able to end a book. A heavy editing hand could make this a damned fine movie.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Cell Zombies

    by radio1_mike

    I enjoyed Cell. It's been a long while since there has been a King book that I've really enjoyed. The Mist was probably the last one, either that or possible The Tommyknockers. Nodwick is on target, King's strength have always been his characterizations. When I was a teen, his characters were some that I could really identify with much more than say the chracterization of A Separate Peace that I'd had to read in HS English. Cell's ending was a relative let-down compared to flash bang start. King's problem is that so much of his horror ending deals with this *greater evil* instead of just raison d'etre. Cell would have worked better if just stayed a zombie tale. No overreaching soul-eating alien-life whatever consciousness. It could be nice as a film if they drop the ending and have an ending like 28 Days Later.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST

    I only have a few problems with the last 3 D.T. books.

    by Nice Marmot

    Roland vs Mordred should have been epic, instead it only lasted a page or so and was over. The artist erasing the bad guy (except for his eyes) was retarded. Other than that, I thought it was fine. King has never been that good at rapping his books up, I've read worse endings from him.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    One more thing . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    There was one Talk-Backer, YEARS before book 7 came out, totally called the ending of how Roland would have to repeat his quest, going back to the desert a little older. Who was that? I know it was just one poster cause I've read every D.T. talk-back at this site.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 9:19 a.m. CST

    I'm not CELLabrating.

    by Borgnine JR

    Cell was an okay book but didnt really push any borders. I know it was a mcGuffin but it would have been cool to find out more about who set off the whole CELL virus or whatever it was. Reminiscent of, but not as good as, The Stand.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I'm not CELLabrating!

    by Borgnine JR

    It was an okay book. Reminiscent of, but not as good as, The Stand.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Cell was good, right up until the last few chapters

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Man, it was building and building, had some great characters, like the President of Harvard, a nice rising story...and then......pfffffffff It totally deflated and died. I mean, how exciting! a bunch of people waiting in a room for the one person they sent out to come back and rescue them. wow....uh...yeah. we don't even get it from the boy's point of view! and then it goes on, and on, and on, and on with the resolution that didn't go anywhere. what a let down. I think King should rewrite the ending to match the rest of the story.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Cell = lazy writing at work

    by Ninja Nerd

    Cell wasn't bad...it was a retread of 'Tommyknockers' and 'The Stand'. Maybe two for the price of one is okay, but I was disappointed. Even a bad King story is typically a good read, but I was hoping for more from this one. As for a movie...I suggest Don Cheadle for Harvard Man. :o)

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    test

    by Cyberfury

    test

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    "city of prunes."

    by Childe Roland

    That was beautiful nuetro. Poetry. And perfect. But then it was also like having someone try to convince you the journey meant nothing. Just hit that magic reset button, Steve. Invalidate the time we all spent with those characters you obviously grew bored with by the last three books. And Lovecraftfan, I'm sorry, but you're wrong. There was nothing different about King's causal loop ending. It's been done a zillion times in comics, cartoons and other novels (some of which King had no problem pirating from for other elements of those last three books...especially Wolves, complete with Doctor Doombots and Sneetches). Wizard and Glass was the best of that series, followed by the first book (still just a pure, fun read) and then Drawing. Wastelands was decent, but felt a bit like filler. I'm still convinced that King started writing a post-apocalyptic western with that first book and had Wizard and Glass mostly written when some jackass convinced him a series like that wouldn't have a market as such. So Steve went back and added in the interdimensional element and the various ties to his other works to hook longtime completist fans, convoluting what should've been a self contained masterpiece of (post-)modern mythology. No wonder he had no idea how to end it. Take a pinch of The Neverending Story, some Wizard of Oz, some Marvel comics and a liberal sprinkling of The Lord of the Rings, mix but don't blend (we need to be able to identify chunks of the source material in the resulting stool) and you've got what he resentfully churned out (because he felt he had to) after shooting his wad in Wizard and Glass. I love King. When he's on (usually in his short fiction), he's one of the best and most well-rounded American writers we've ever had (he does much more than horror quite well in short bursts). But he lost his ability to sustain a cohesive and engaging narrative for more than a hundred pages at some point and it really does show. One can also tell when he's writing something strictly for the paychecks or out of some sense of obligation, because the stuff is lazy and feels quickly assembled. I'm sorry, but if you really love an artist, you have to love him enough to tell him when he's phoned it in...which brings me to Cell. Didn't read it. The premise sounded very "done" to me and I still had a bitter taste in my mouth from the Tower. Farming it out to Roth for directing duty pretty much ensures I won't see it in the theater, either. I'll trust a few folks on here to tell me if its worth a rental or not. Back on the Tower: if they do an HBO series, I hope King has the balls to rewrite the last three books as though this were Roland's last run at the prize. I can pretty much guarantee no one would be sorry to see the latter 3/7 of that saga reimagined (or, more appropriately, imagined properly for the first time) for the screen.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Agreed on King's characters.

    by Black And Gold

    They just don't translate so well on screen. So much of King's greatness comes from the development he does of the characters and the investment your forced to make in them as you read. I thought the first half of Cell was great. The chaos and confusion of the opening was fantastic. And I love a good road book so the characters setting out and seeing the destruction and meeting the other survivors was good too. But the whole zombies getting "smarter" or whatever, I just didn't like too much. The whole last 1/4 of the book I guess just didn't feel right to me. Still enjoyed it though. And even though this was one of his less-character-developed novels, I really don't think they need a movie made of this. And, Hollywood, please, for the love of all things sacred, STAY AWAY from bringing The Dark Tower to any type of screen. Just let it be. Some things should stay on the page.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I like these guys, but Man on the Moon was not

    by JackLint

    a great script. It was an average compilation of best-of moments, with a badly rearranged chronology of events. There was so much drama in his life that would have made for a great movie, but it was all changed or removed. I actually read the script, and there was a lot of good stuff in there that was not in the final movie, but still, I wouldn't call it brilliant. I still did like the movie, just because Ive always been a huge Andy Kaufman fan. Ed Wood, on the other hand, is absolutely brilliant.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    General comment about AICN

    by BizarroJerry

    Guys, you really need to think like actual journalists once in a while and write articles assuming we don't know what you're talking about. For example, when you tell us about the adaptation for King's Cell, you should give us a little blurb about the plot. Kina like that article about the return of Billy Jack. Lotsa people had no idea what that was. You can't assume every visitor to this site knows about every single cult following kind of thing out there. King's books are bigger than a cult, I know, but you know what I mean. Just some unsolicited advice.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Cell was The Stand lite...

    by Marillion

    While Cell was engaging, I couldn't help but think from the very start that it was like a condensed version of The Stand... You had your good guys and your bad guys, both on a journey. It was a quick read, which made it easier to comprehend, unlike Dreamcatcher, which was just so convelluted I couldn't finish it. All that said, I don't think this will be a good movie.. his books are better as mini-series.. I agree that HBO could probably knock it out of the park, but to do this in two hours is an injustice...

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    On King's works

    by chrth

    I read everything he writes (have Lisey's Story on reserve, should be picking it up at the library on Wednesday). The Cell wasn't bad, to be honest. Although he does steal part of the plot from Snow Crash (and admits it by giving major kudos to Neal Stephenson in the book), it's compactness compared to the Stand was good (I'm not saying that the Stand was too long, I'm saying he did well not to rewrite the Stand). Perfect? Nah. But better than Rose Madder. <p> Dark Tower Book 5 I disliked because it reminded me too much of Book 4 (seriously, the plots are interchangeable). Books 6 and 7 get steadily worse; we go through a lot of crap with Mordred for no real purpose. Flagg goes down like a bitch to Mordred ... who is beaten by Oy (the true hero). And then the FUCKER KILLS OY! Why couldn't the kid just draw Oy alive again? Oh, and don't get me started on the kid ... <p> Anyway, as lousy as 5-7 were, the Epilogue was awesome. Loved it. I pray that when the comic comes out or they do the HBO show that Roland is carrying the Horn of Gilead. Oh, and I also love the fact that King basically says Insomnia is a waste of time in the book. As it truly is. <p> I think Roland succeeds next time, though. We know that Browning writes about him, just like King did (we should've seen the epilogue coming at that point). Since that world moves forward at a steady pace, then we know that Roland has to shorten his journey, and the only place to do that is to not Palaver with Walter/Flagg/Martin/Whoever the Fuck King decided he was in the end (that's another sore point; King contradicts himself on the identity). And that means that Roland saves Jake. Maybe the horn will help?

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    On King's works

    by chrth

    I read everything he writes (have Lisey's Story on reserve, should be picking it up at the library on Wednesday). The Cell wasn't bad, to be honest. Although he does steal part of the plot from Snow Crash (and admits it by giving major kudos to Neal Stephenson in the book), it's compactness compared to the Stand was good (I'm not saying that the Stand was too long, I'm saying he did well not to rewrite the Stand). Perfect? Nah. But better than Rose Madder. <p> Dark Tower Book 5 I disliked because it reminded me too much of Book 4 (seriously, the plots are interchangeable). Books 6 and 7 get steadily worse; we go through a lot of crap with Mordred for no real purpose. Flagg goes down like a bitch to Mordred ... who is beaten by Oy (the true hero). And then the FUCKER KILLS OY! Why couldn't the kid just draw Oy alive again? Oh, and don't get me started on the kid ... <p> Anyway, as lousy as 5-7 were, the Epilogue was awesome. Loved it. I pray that when the comic comes out or they do the HBO show that Roland is carrying the Horn of Gilead. Oh, and I also love the fact that King basically says Insomnia is a waste of time in the book. As it truly is. <p> I think Roland succeeds next time, though. We know that Browning writes about him, just like King did (we should've seen the epilogue coming at that point). Since that world moves forward at a steady pace, then we know that Roland has to shorten his journey, and the only place to do that is to not Palaver with Walter/Flagg/Martin/Whoever the Fuck King decided he was in the end (that's another sore point; King contradicts himself on the identity). And that means that Roland saves Jake. Maybe the horn will help?

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST

    These writers are great

    by Riverman

    If anyone can avoid the usual plot formuals and routine dialogue it's Scott and Larry. They love the genre and would do it justice. Their "Believe it or Not" script is fantastic. If Paramount had half a brain they would get rid of Jim Carey (and his terrible ideas) and green light their script with Tim Burton directing. Of course, that's assuming Tim would even go back to that project after being treated so horribly by them.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    These writers are great

    by Riverman

    If anyone can avoid the usual plot formuals and routine dialogue it's Scott and Larry. They love the genre and would do it justice. Their "Believe it or Not" script is fantastic. If Paramount had half a brain they would get rid of Jim Carey (and his terrible ideas) and green light their script with Tim Burton directing. Of course, that's assuming Tim would even go back to that project after being treated so horribly by them.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Im gonna go into a coma as well

    by godzillasushi

    fantastic idea. I mean seriously, you wouldnt have to work anymore, and you could just wake up in the future and enjoy your last days or something. Im stealing that line!

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Childe Roland- We seem to argue about this a lot.

    by Lovecraftfan

    I still say the last three books and the ending to the series was ballsy and brilliant but then again I seem to remember we had a big argument over this dozens of time. Oh well to each his own.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 7 p.m. CST

    Childe Roland-We disagree again

    by Lovecraftfan

    If this is a double post excuse me for that. Anyway I still insist that the last three books particuraly the ending is ballsy, brilliant, and ultimately very touching and sad. It broke my heart when his companion started dying off. Anyway we've argued about this so many times so to each his own.

  • Oct. 23, 2006, 8:12 p.m. CST

    no wonder cody banks was just like ed wood...

    by Bob C. Cock

    can't wait for this movie though, i loved the book.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Dark Tower

    by Requiem Bill

    I'm probably going to get my bolts verbally kicked off for this, but I've always thought Tom Hanks would make a good gunslinger. Yes he's a self serving urethera...but the guy can act.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 5:11 a.m. CST

    How good of a movie can you make that’s based on a bad

    by CuervoJones

    novel? JAWS

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    You know whats sad concerning Kubriks Shining

    by Lovecraftfan

    While Kubrik's Shining is great although hidden undercurrents that were in the movie people conveniently ignore they actually originated from the book. I feel sad for anyone who thinks that King's book is just a haunted house story. And by the way they are actually both great. Its possible to like two things equally.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Agreed about Shining...

    by SK909

    Just bow and defer is right. You're dealing with, even at that point, one of the top three directors, possibly even the greatest, of all time. King does not have a similar stature among writers. I think that, at the time, Kubrick was looking for something that would serve him commercially, allow him to cast a huge name (and he cast the biggest), AND let him satisfy his own artistic and philosophical needs. However, as much as I love the film, I think it would be scarier if Kubrick had Nicholson play some of it more realistically. He's funny to watch, and I don't know if that really works. Imagine if Nicholson played the role of Father Karras in The Exorcist in the same manner. I think he should have gone more for, as Richard Corliss called it, 'a realistic portrayal of supernatural events.' Even with Nicholson's mugging, the movie surpasses what King did in the book. King is someone desperately in need of a good editor. Especially now. Kubrick saw that the narrative construct was interesting, if not the manner in which King plays the story out. Kubrick even said that King's strength is narrative invention. I think that a lot of things that he does are very pulpy, and that's fine, but I don't think that King thinks they're pulpy, hence the questioning of what Kubrick did. He actually takes himself a bit too seriously, and I think it's because of his phenomenal financial success. I also think that he suffers from the delusion of, 'if it's written, it must be better.' This is a load of horseshit, as the books that seem to make the best movies are those that are relatively cheap and pulpy but have a great deal of inventiveness. It then takes a great director to strip away all the bullshit as in The Godfather, Jaws, The Exorcist, and The Shining. This isn't always the case, but it does prove that it's a marriage of material with someone who has a vision and a grasp of what makes the material great. A great director is the key. Shit rolls downhill, especially on a film set.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Viggo for Roland!

    by Jumping Windows

    Viggo is passable as Roland Deschain. I'd accept that. Why isn't HBO jumping on this? Fuck "Rome".

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    "Mejico was... a disaster. The doctor was a quack..."

    by Big Bad Clone

    "...and if it weren't for these fine gentlemen, I wouldn't be alive today." How could these guys fuck up a movie about zombies and cell phones?

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Viggo?

    by Zath_ras

    Aragorn with a six-shooter. Talk about typecasting. Oddly, I've also grown to think of Clint Eastwood as Roland - the "hard case". Sure it's typecasting as well, but I'm casting him based on his face, not the wardrobe. One look at that haggard, no bullshit face and you know he means business. As for his age, Roland looks like shit warmed over, half dead inside and out. Clint could do it. Scott Glenn comes in as my second choice. He's got a face like 6 miles of bad road. Damn, he's played cowboys too! Drawing of the Three rules! Did-a-chick?

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    The "awful" ending of the Dark Tower

    by LesterB

    Folks, ain't no way Stephen King was going to please everybody or even most people, no matter how he wrote those last three books. His only mistake was waiting so long to finish, because by then there'd been so much speculation about how the books were going to end that nothing he could do would ever measure up. And I thought that putting himself in the books was kind of novel, even a little brave. I'd love to see a Dark Tower series on HBO. Terry Gilliam should do it.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 6:16 p.m. CST

    About HBO

    by Zath_ras

    Remember the good old days when we all fantasized about The Stand as a 12 hour miniseries on HBO? Some things never change. Budget-wise, I don't think HBO is interesting in shelling out the royalties necessary to put THE DARK TOWER on film. There's no corresponding benefit to be associated with the additional cost over their standard "original" programming.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 9:35 p.m. CST

    And the Slinger Is?

    by Evil Chicken

    Hugh Jackman is Roland Deschain. Search your feelings - you know it to be true.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 9:46 p.m. CST

    The Long Walk

    by Nodwick

    Now THERE would be an awesome hard-R movie. Of course, nobody could ever do a movie where you shoot kids every 10 minutes or so, but what a story.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    re:Dark Tower

    by ScaryJim

    He really jumped the shark on those last 3, and that really hurts when you've been waiting ten years for a conclusion. I could bear wolves of the Callah, it was an ok thriller it just wasn't too deep. I never made it through song of susannah or The dark tower and didn't feel it was even worth it after my girlfriends reaction to 'The Dark Tower' and Kings cynical covering of himself 'If you think this is a shit ending your WRONG' I'd had the older books for ages and the mrs read them in quick succession just as the final ones came out, it was funny watching her face fall at the final 3 - I'm glad it got me out of buying them ! And while we're on King 'Nightmares and dreamscapes' what a joke! They just aired the one with the toy soldiers over here. I exclaimed after ten minutes of no dialogue 'what the hell is this suppossed to be 'Horror mime'? apparently so.. shoddy as hell and terrible overblown music by Jeff Beal who did the excellent Carnivale music (I'm not surprised he was so uninspired by this trash). I'd love King adaptations to be better, until his latest book of short stories they rarely missed. I'm pretty dissapointed they didn't try 'Dolans caddillac' - a real highlight of that anthology. There's plenty of King that could be adapted well even though IMO we won't see any new classics unless he takes time off to actually get inspired.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Re: Wraah

    by Nodwick

    So, Ike, do your accounts keep getting banned for spamming the forums, or are you trying to make it seem like you're more than one person?

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    ScaryJim

    by Nice Marmot

    Can you get your girlfriend to post her reviews? Having read all the books would make her opinion actually interesting to read.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 11:52 a.m. CST

    TOO SOON!

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...I just got done watching "Nightmares & Dreamscapes!"

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Everything's eventual...

    by Nodwick

    A good HBO series could be made from "Everything's Eventual," as well.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST

    5-7 were different, but not bad

    by Jumping Windows

    Andy the robot was cool. The Wolves were bad ass. The plate throw decapitations (and the sneetches). Granted, "Song of Susannah" could be thrown to the side, but The Dark Tower was highly entertaining. I cried when those characters died, especially the burial. God, that hurt. Walter went out like a bitch. That's my biggest gripe about the story. The next is no description of Jericho Hill and the outcome with John Farson. I FUCKIN' HATE "I beg ya". That Maine speak had no business in the book. Talk like bad-asses, not some New England candy-asses. AYUH!...Damn, that hurts.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    "Wizard and Glass" a crashing bore

    by R James

    This book nearly stopped me from reading the rest of the series. It is about 600 pages too long. We know that this is a tragic romance--King keeps reminding us--and we know the two main characters are in love, but the action is far too sparse and the romance is not compelling. This is King's worst case of telling not showing. Oh, this book is a bore. If you read the series, read the first 100 pages and the last 100.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Correction

    by R James

    I meant the first 100 and last 100 of "Wizard and Glass" not the series. The series is bizarre good fun, barring "Wizard." "Drawing of the Three" is a creepy classic.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    It breaks my heart...

    by josh0rama

    ...to see so many people who seem to HATE Stephen King. HEre's a question for those of you you have so many bad things to say about THE DARK TOWER, CELL etc. If these books were so horrible what made you pick them up in the first place let alone finish them? These talkbacks would much more fun if we could talk about how much we love pop culture instead of how much we hate it.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    BTW Jumping Shadows...

    by josh0rama

    How could you even begin to think that you have any claim to what does or does not belong in someone else's original story?

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Desperation

    by hedetoft

    Ha! I was just going to comment on this article and said that I would love an adaption of Desperation. Maybe not because it's an insanely great book, but because it had a special impact on me when I was little. But I just made a quick search on IMDB and abracadabra, there it is http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129871/ Anyone seen it? Is it junk? Is it great? Was the novel junk and I'm crazy for even caring or is there really something special about Desperation?

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Ease Up

    by mcdlawyer

    I first read Cujo when I was about 9, and King's work has been a constant presence in my life since then. The vitriol visited upon a man that has provided entertaining and thought provoking work for so long is so baseless and uninformed that it defies description. IF you dislike a book, talk about why you dislike a book, and not about King's personal struggles or his getting old - he's only sixty. After all, no one's forcing you to buy his books.

  • Oct. 31, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Snuffles, Interesting Point

    by mcdlawyer

    But, much of King's recent work is quite good. Gerald's Game, for example, is a tight, suspensful story, with interesting ruminations on the scars that abuse can leave. Bag of Bones was a great ghost story. And, the Dark Tower is among the more ambitious works I've read. He's not going to hit it out of park every time, and we tend to view books we read when we were young with nostalgia rimmed glasses.

  • Oct. 31, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Concerning the Dark Tower...

    by Giftoflight

    I don't see how so many people can dislike Dark Tower 3... it had some of the greatest moments in the series. There were parts of that book that gave me chills, particularly in the mansion that was also the guardian between our world and Roland's. There was the crazy cybernetic bear, Lud, Roland's slight redemption in saving Jake, the events of Lud, Blaine the Mono, and the appearance of Randall Flagg. It started to go down hill after that... book 4 was one huge flashback to something we already knew the outcome... the Tick Tock Man turns out to be a useless, throwaway character... and then upon books 5, 6, and 7.... Book 5 honestly didn't feel like it belonged in the series. They go from a nearly dead world to a western village where women throw dishes and have a huge rice fetish. WHAT?! Then there's book six, which really should have been split up between books 5 and 7 and not had its own installment. Oh lord.. and book 7 was full of throw away characters. The greatest disappointment being Flagg whom we haven't seen since book 4 who dies in one paragraph... we find out he wasn't a demon, but a boy who had been ass raped once... like that explains his super powers or something... Then you have Mordred who is introduced, but dies anticlimatically... Then you have the Crimson King... THE GREAT EVIL OF THE UNIVERSE.... OF ALL UNIVERSES.... locked out on a balcony of the Dark Tower throwing sneetches and screaming "EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!" What the fuck?! Oh but have no fear... Roland doesn't actually defeat him... because another throwaway character, the boy who draws stuff that can turn real just erases the Crimson King and leaves his eyes floating there. Now, as far as the ending goes... the ending where Roaland enters the Tower was great. But everything between it and book 4 sucked. Oh Jesus... and if he hadn't beaten that van accidents over our heads enough in "On Writing," "Dreamcatcher," and "Kingdom Hospital," he decided to completely cash in on his victim status by including it in the Dark Tower. by adding himself, he completely ruined my suspension of disbelief... I went from being entrenched in a world of wonders to reading a work of fiction about a guy who really likes to relive his accident over and over.

  • Nov. 1, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Plot Recycling

    by mcdlawyer

    Plot is just the way a writer hangs his story together. I have little difficulty with similarities of plot as there are only so many ways one can tell a story. Besides, how Mattie and Susan meet their respective ends are entirely different, as is the nature of the evil affecting the TR in Bag of Bones. That book is much more about issues of class and dealing with the aftermath of a spouse's death, as opposed to the more Gothic Salem's Lot. By the way, have you read the short story in Night Shift about Salem's Lot? I think it's called "One for the Road>." Creepy. Have you a favorite King book?

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