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Published at: Oct. 15, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

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A four-hour A&E miniseries starring Pierce Brosnan (“The Lawnmower Man”), Melissa George (“Alias,” “In Treatment”) and Annabeth Gish (“The X-Files,” “Brotherhood”) has been 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”)  directs from a teleplay by Matt Venne ("Fear Itself").

A&E airs the mini Dec. 11 and 12, mere hours after the conclusion of BNAT13Wolf.

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  • Oct. 15, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by JethroBodine

    *POW!*

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    The Lawnmower Man

    by Nerfee

    Sublime, Herc. Sublime.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Whedon sucks. Get over it. Avengers will tank. You'll see.

    by bat725

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    "The story centers on a rich novelist"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    What a SHOCKER!!!

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    One of the better King novels.

    by shutupfanboy

    Damn, I remember being in college wanting to make this book. Probably one of the easiest ones to turn into a movie or television series. High expectations.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Herc, MATT VENNE is the writer on this project (Garris is only directing)

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    Mind the details.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I had the "Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man" poster

    by tangcameo

    But I tossed it! Still kicking myself over that one.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I also had high expectations for an adaptation of this story.

    by blackwood

    Because it's one of King's best latter-day books. But Mick Garris is a terrible director.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Love this book..

    by BookhouseBoy

    Kept my brain occupied when I was off the weed!

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Bag Of Bones?

    by WarrenSmooth

    Is this one of the novels his wife ghost-wrote?

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    SPOILER ALERT !! Mick Garris sucks.

    by Stegman84

    There is therefore absolutely no hope in this turning out anything other than utter crap.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I loved the book.

    by thedottedlion

    A little different from the usual King, for sure, but very suspenseful and unique. A little bit like The Stand in that regard. And speaking of The Stand, Mick Garris did the miniseries version of that book, so I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Also, he did Hocus Pocus, and that movie was awesome... And I can feel the talkback hate already. :D

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I guess he didn't.

    by thedottedlion

    He was one of the writers.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    The one thing people forget about re: Mick Garris

    by Jarek

    Critters 2!!! Sure, cheesy 80s schlock fun and all that... but still, have a big soft spot in my heart for that movie.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    "This is a beast of a piece" - Pierce Brosnan

    by IAmTommyWiseau

    I bet he's also said that to a few women during his life, whilst pointing down at his crotch.

  • and for that, he get's a life time pass. That miniseries was 110% better then what it was given credit for when it came out. Given the relatively limited budget of network miniseries, at the time (as compared to a feature film), it was extraordinary. Almost all of the cast was spot-on perfect, except for the possible mis-casting of Molly Ringwald and the definite bad-casting of Cormic Nemec. Otherwise, the work still stand up, and I can't imagine anyone else playing the role Stu Redman (Gary Sinese), Glen Bateman (Ray Walston...RIP), Larry Underwood (Adam Storke), Lloyd Henried (Miguel Ferrer), Jamey Sheriden (Randall Flagg), Ruby Dee (Mother Abigail), and yes, even Rob Lowe (Nick Andros).

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I second stegman84's ejaculation.

    by ChocolateJeebus

    Uhh, I mean assertion. Go back and watch The Stand. It sucks. '90's-made-for-television-movie kind of suck.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Looks pretty good. Hope it does the book justice.

    by Flip63Hole

    Not one of my favorite King books, but one of his better books from his later years of a small scope. Saw some liberties taken, but what do you expect? Still a little bummed about Mick Garris ~ I'm sure he's a nice guy, but leave Stephen King alone, please...

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Outside of Darabont....

    by MisterManReturns

    King translations haven't worked well. I'm not a fan of either version of "The Shining". Just watched Kubrick's again on AMC (King marathon), and Duvall just kills it. I hope somebody does a decent job with "Duma Key" - that lawn jockey could be a seriously creepy scene...

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    "The Stand" worked, for a few episodes.

    by MisterManReturns

    "Bag of Bones" was a good read, but I can't imagine Brosnan as the lead.

  • Lifetime pass for making a mediocre version of The Stand? Hardly.

  • With a $28 million dollar budget in 1994 dollars for 6 hours of television, it was hardly a low budget tv endeavour. Hell, Bag of Bones budget today, 17 years later, is only $20 million.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Re: Garris

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Extremely nice guy, lousy director. I don't blame him for "The Stand" miniseries, though, since King adapted it and it was pretty much his deal, Garris was just a hired goon. Too bad neither one of them could figure out a way to un-fuck-up the lousy ending. Sinise and a few others were decent casting choices, but Jamey Sheridan and his uber-mullet as "Randall Flagg" were just terrible. To be honest, given the circumstances, it was probably as good as it was gonna get. Maybe the upcoming big-screen version will get it right ...</p><p> That said, whoever said Garris gets a lifetime pass for directing "The Stand" should be forced to sit in a room with their eyelids taped open and watch "The Shining" miniseries back-to-back with SLEEPWALKERS and "Freddy's Nightmares". Garris keeps getting King's adaptations because he's the only director meek enough to film King's work without too many deviations from the source material ... but sometimes, adapting something verbatim, especially King, who probably hasn't had his work passed through an editor since the late Eighties, is a bad idea.</p><p> As for "Bag Of Bones", that's about when I became convinced that slogging through another overly long King novel was a bad idea and stopped reading after the first 100 pages. Never looked back.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Has there ever been a King miniseries that didn't suck?

    by Mugato5150

    I suppose "It", even though the ending was terrible. Salem's Lot was a TV movie I believe. Still, not a great track record. /hopes no one tries to bring up The Shining

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Storm Of The Century certainly didn't "suck"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I'm a little teapot, short and stout...

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    WTF? My message got mutilated

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    What I meant to write above was, "of course, it had the benefit of not being a watered-down adaptation of a hard R-rated novel".

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Looks better than the book

    by performingmonkey

    While I did enjoy Bag of Bones (one of the last books he wrote before getting fucked over by an idiot in a minivan) the setup felt very been-there-done-that for King. Though I couldn't help thinking it was one of his own fucked up fantasies, him as a middle-aged novelist getting to screw the shit out of a young blonde after his wife died etc. etc. Whoever knows with him??? :P

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    A King miniseries that didn't suck: Salem's Lot

    by OutsideChance

    The Tobe Hooper version from CBS was one of-if not the-best King adaptations ever.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Yea Garris Sucks

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    The hold he apparently has over King is truly a mystery. King should just sign an exclusive deal with Frank Darabont for the Movie/TV rights to his entire catalog. The only person in Hollywood who seems to truely "get" King. Darabont doesn't need to direct every project just executive produce. Furthermore, King adaptations should stick to quality cable networks like AMC and HBO. You could probably get thirty episodes out of a faithful adaptation of "The Stand".

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    A&E can't even show an episode of Sopranos

    by Sick Fixx

    without butchering it to slivers!

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Brosnan!

    by Gu Stokes

    Maybe you shouldnt be living here!!!!!!

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I always dug the Rob Reiner King adaptions.

    by WarrenSmooth

    Where the hell has he been?

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Save Us from another season of Two and a Half Men

    by Bobo_Vision

    Thats what I read.

  • that I qualified many of my fellow AICN'ers as f'n idiots, and by giving Garris a "free pass", simply for The Stand. I happened to type that post after in inordinate amount of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA's. Nevertheless, I stand by my original premise that Garris did a fine job on the miniseries, and I am perplexed, to this day, as to the amount of negativity against it by so many. Admittedly, there is just as large a group that appreciate the miniseries, and think it is well done...however, this particular series/film seems particularly devisive. I personally think it is brilliant, from the incredible opening sequence (the tracking and steadi-cam shots of the biological warfare lab, accompanied by "Don't fear the Reaper"...through the wonderful use of W.G. Snuffy Walden's haunting score. There are so many memorable scenes that have real, emotional impact. Just one example is the scene after the trio leaves Stu, and Glen, Larry and Ralph come upon Flagg's henchmen. They clasp hands, and walk towards their fate with no hope, but yet do not despair. There are a hundred beats like this throughout the miniseries, and Garris makes the most out of a finite time to tell the story, and the remarkable talent he had in his cast. All in all, it is an impressively faithful adaptation of the book, with great acting, impressive cinematography and a deft choice of shot framing and editorial pace in which to unfold the narrative.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    The Stand was shit and your long post will not change that

    by Simpsonian

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Mick Garris

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    What a great fan of horror he is. Unfortunately, he is a terrible director. He gave us Fear Itself, Masters of Horror, and that interview show that I can't remember the name of. He also ruined many of King's greatest novels. For some reason, King fell in love with the mini-series, and Garris was all too willing to transfer King's novels into this benign, cheesy, and just plain flat format. Add on to that, when King though he could deliver a better version of The Shining than Kubrick, because he somehow felt Kubrick missed the soul of the novel, Garris was all too willing to fuck with that too. The end result? King's screenplay totally missed the soul of the novel that Kubrick brilliantly xeroxed onto the big screen. So ironic. I love Garris' passion for horror. Even though 99% of Fear Itself and MOH sucked ass, at least we got horror back on television in that format. However, due to his painful filmography, I think I'm just gonna avoid this like the fucking plague, or like I've avoided the last 3 or 4 King/Garris collaborations

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    And Yes, The Stand was shit

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    It was. It really was. It was a soulless whitewash of the novel. All of King's miniseries' have been soulless pieces of trash with the production value of...well...a television miniseries. How can someone with such rich character development and such powerful and vivid cinematic storytelling approach fall in love with the cheesiest soap opera-esque format available? That includes IT, I know people love that one like they love The Stand. But compare it to the big screen It and the big screen Stand that could have been. The Stand and It have the same problems that the miniseries Shining had. Shit TV actors, bad production values and Mick fucking Garris. You think The Stand is good? Compare Kubrick's Shining to Garris'. Nuff said.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    The Stand and The Shining minisieries were both shit

    by ATARI

    But, like a woman in an abusive relationship, I'll be watching Bag of Bones when it premiers.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Mick Fucking Garris didn't make It

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Tommy Lee Wallace did.

  • PASS! Another hack job bunch of crap

  • And then a ghost or something runs around screaming.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    I never said that Garris directed It, I just used It as an example because it is one of the mini series that apologists use in describing that the mini series can be done right. It can't. It's a shit format, but I never said Garris directed It.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Whoops

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Guess I did, ha ha! I didn't mean to, I know Garris didn't direct It. Just got carried away in grouping The Stand and It together. My bust, brother

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    The Stand worked in spite of Garris

    by mrm1138

    Of course, I haven't seen it for over a decade, so it's quite possible that it doesn't hold up. I'm hoping the proposed David Yates/Steve Kloves adaptation happens.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I read it to a point

    by Gore_monkey

    And then it slowed down for me a bit and haven't picked it up since. All I remember is that his wife dies of an anurism or some shit like that and her ghost haunts him at his lake house called sarah smiles or some shit like that. I'm not much of a reader

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    "It's not about what ha it's about what we did!"ppened,

    by spacechampion

    Brilliant writing there! King is a genius!

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    why did my subject line get mangled???

    by spacechampion

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    It's not about what happened, it's about what we did!

    by spacechampion

    Brilliant! King is a genius!

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Never like King horror adaptations

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Other than the movie The Dead Zone, King horror films have left me feeling robbed. And it was probably only Christopher Walken's haunted performance that saved The Dead Zone for me. I really wanted to like The Shining, but it didn't work for me. Especially the whole sequence of Scatman Crothers traveling to the lodge, only to be the gratuitous axe-in-the-chest recipient the minute he gets there. And the lame ending of Jack freezing to death, rather than beating off his own face with a shovel (or something) to keep from killing his son. They should have kept King's ending on that one for sure. It was a skillfully made film, with a great actor, but was about as scary as the macaroni and cheese now growing cold in front of me. Salem's Lot miniseries was good for its time, I'll give that a pass, I guess. It would probably be crap if I saw it today. Shawshank Redemption, on the other hand, is one of the best movies ever made.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Bag of Bones

    by holidill

    One of my faves. SPOILER WARNING Wife gets anuerysm dies, novelist gets writer's block. Goes to the vacation house he owns to try to get back in to it. Gets involved in the custody case of of white trash woman and her son and the son's very wealthy but very old grandfather. Writer has visions has a ghost in his house that rearranges refrigerator magnets. Then starts to write like crazy. Does research on why the grandfather wants the kid, discovers something about the grandfather and drowning children. Key to everything in the book he wrote while being posessed by dead wife. More to it than that, But that is the jist. I think Bronsan may be too old. I always thought Hank Azaria could've pulled it off.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Is it set in Maine?

    by vadakinX

    Every Stephen King mini-series seems to be set in Maine and they all seem to have the exact same characters with different names. Then of course there's the lame ending where it all falls apart.

  • Oct. 18, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    How many King stories are NOT set in Maine?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I could probably count all of them using the fingers on one hand.

  • Oct. 19, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    not in Maine?

    by Chad

    The Shining. Misery. Rose Red (was that a book too?). Duma Key. The Stand. The Dark Tower books. Desperation.