Stephen King’s BAG OF BONES Ghost Novel Coming To A&E In Mick Garris Miniseries Form!!
Perhaps this makes up a bit for the abortion of NBC’s “Dark Tower” miniseries?
A four-hour A&E miniseries starring Pierce Brosnan (“The Lawnmower Man”), Annabeth Gish (“The X-Files,” “Brotherhood”) and possibly Destiny’s Child vet Kelly Rowland (“Freddy Vs. Jason”) will be forged from the 1998 Stephen King ghost novel “Bag of Bones.”
The story centers on a rich novelist who seems to be getting advice from his late wife (Gish) as he helps a young widow in a custody battle with her son’s weathy grandfather.
Mick Garris (“Sleepwalkers,” “The Stand,” “Desperation” and the Steven Weber “Shining”) writes and directs.
Find all of Deadline’s exclusive on the matter here.
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July 22, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST
freddy kreuger mortal kombat
July 22, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST
Well, as recent as the past 15 years can be recent.
July 22, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST
Classic Herc. Also, I can't say I like or dislike Garris but Sleepwalkers has to be the worst King film ever produced. If it isn't, I don't want to see what is. It's actually so bad it's worth watching just because of how audaciously, hilariously stupid it is. Including a really, really out-of-place explosion. Oh, and furry incest!
July 22, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST
you beat me to it...the first thing i thought of was like Lawnmower man!? thats what you chose??
July 22, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST
July 22, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST
... and be released in 2008. I'm guessing the anniv. edition was released in 2008, meaning the debut of the novel was actually in 1998.
July 22, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST
July 22, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST
Not a Mick Garris fan. Not at all. I'm even considering becoming an official Enemy. Bag of Bones is one of my favourites. It's a 'grand tradition' ghost story -- genuinely chilling all over, around a centre that is deeply hurt and sad. I love it. And I hate this news. Ugh. It's far too good a book to give to Garris. He's never turned in a good adaptation. Not once. The only remarkable movie he made was SLEEPWALKERS, which I love, because it's so, so bad. King is one of my favourite authors, but he has a tin ear/eye/heart when it comes to film. That's the only reason I can think of for him letting Mick bland up his whole catalogue.
July 22, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST
July 22, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST
July 22, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST
It took a while for the story to get going, but it became fairly interesting towards the middle. It suffers from the bloated, meandering quality that a lot of King’s later books have. I think it has a decent story if it could be distilled somewhat. There are a lot of other King books that I would rather see as miniseries(es?). Herc probably listed the Lawnmower Man as Brosnan’s reference because the title is taken from a Stephen King story.
July 22, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST
if the adaptation will include the scene where the old man throws rocks at the main character while he's in the lake... nearly drowning him. something about a wheelchair bound man, chucking rocks, and laughing crazly NEEDS to be on film!
July 22, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST
I can see why people say this, but I prefer to think of it as luxuriating in details. But it's exactly that, that needs a good director and screenwriter to finesse into film. Like npyab says -- wheelchair man throwing rocks laughing like a maniac = fantastic. Garris will make it seem dumb. He always does.
July 22, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST
but then I haven't liked much of the more recent stuff. His short stories are always pretty good, though, and I really enjoyed Cell (apart from - surprise - the ending. There's a decent enough story there, if a little bland, but what i'd be more worried about is Garris. He seems like a cool guy and everything, but..
July 22, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST
has that ever happened before? So I could make a film called 'Gravity's Rainbow: based on the book by Thomas Pynchon' purely on the basis that I, say, made a film about an American GI?
July 22, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST
Mind the details.
July 22, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST
Seriously, there HAS to be other talent in Hollywood who deserves a shot at King's material. He better not get anywhere Dark Tower...
July 22, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST
before people started bitching about Lawnmower Man did anyone stop to think that maybe he did that on purpose since that is a King story and this is about a King adaptation? makes sense to me...
July 22, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST
Garris again? Really? King's work deserves someone who can create atmosphere, not just put the pages on the screen. Yeesh....
July 23, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST
by In Action Man Reborn Requiem
He is a first rate ass kisser. That picture he has of King fucking a moose doesn't hurt either. What King sees in this hack is an absolute mystery. King should just lay himself at the mercy of Frank Darabont. Let Darabont executive produce everything from now on.
July 23, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST
Everything he does is shit. Every one of his Stephen King projects has production quality that would make SyFy filmmakers blush. I wish he would stop making films, especially Stephen King projects.
July 23, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST
read up on it.
July 23, 2011, 4 a.m. CST
"What lies beneath" starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer?
July 23, 2011, 4:32 a.m. CST
Nice guy? Sue? But truly one of the most untalented and hack fisted directors ever. This guy makes Ratner look like Spielberg in comparison.
July 23, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST
Damn dyslexia. Regardless, somebody tell Stephen King that Mick Garris fucked his wife or something, that friendship must be destroyed for the good of the world!
July 23, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
....But then I realized it wasn't AMC & Garris was in charge. Bones, to me, was one of King's last good ones. Even includes a crazy, super rushed, pulled from ass ending like all of his most epic works.
July 23, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST
Under the Dome. That's one of my favorite books.
July 24, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST
Garris is the Nail in the coffin for me as far as any interest in seeing this. Great book whos memory will forever be tarnished now. Crap.
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