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Stephen King’s BAG OF BONES Ghost Novel Coming To A&E In Mick Garris Miniseries Form!!

I am – Hercules!!

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.

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  • July 22, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    cool hand first

    by coolhanddave

    freddy kreuger mortal kombat

  • July 22, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    How does the book compare to King's other recent works?

    by jim

    Well, as recent as the past 15 years can be recent.

  • July 22, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Pierce Brosnan (“The Lawnmower Man”)

    by ROBRAM89

    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


    by vicmackey1268

    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

    ya cause Pierce Brosnan isnt known for anything else right...

    by Daniel

  • July 22, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    The novel can't have a 10th Anniv. edition ...

    by thepentaveret

    ... 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, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    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

    IT WAS RELEASED IN 1998, NOT 2008... COME ON MAN...

    by Nick

  • July 22, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Just read this book a few weeks ago

    by frank

    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

    I WONDER...

    by Nick

    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

    bloated, meandering

    by blackwood

    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

    the book wasn't good

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    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

    that Lawnmower Man debacle was interesting

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    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

    Herc, MATT VENNE is the writer on this project.

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    Mind the details.

  • 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

    Lawnmower Man

    by Allen

    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

    Mick Garris

    by Frojitsu

    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

    In Garris's Defense

    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


    by Fievel

    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

    xamievilx, the joke is that it ISN'T a King adaptation

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    read up on it.

  • July 23, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    Wasn't this already made into a movie

    by Detective_Fingerling

    "What lies beneath" starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer?

  • July 23, 2011, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Mick Garris must be stopped!

    by Stegman84

    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

    Sue?' That should have been 'sure.

    by Stegman84

    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

    Got excited for half a sec ...

    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

    Can't wait for them to attempt

    by Therawbeats

    Under the Dome. That's one of my favorite books.

  • 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.