Steven Spielberg’s Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’ Will Happen “In the Very Near Future”

Steven Spielberg's Adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Talisman' Will Happen

One of the best parts of Steven Spielberg's new movie, Ready Player One, is a sequence set inside of Stanley Kubrick's movie of The Shining. As acknowledged on screen, Stephen King is not a fan of that adaptation of his book. But hopefully King isn't upset with the tribute to Kubrick over himself there, because Spielberg is still interested in someday making a movie out of King and Peter Straub's fantasy novel The Talisman. 

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Hugh Jackman on Potential for GREATEST SHOWMAN Stage Adaptation: ‘The Musical Really Works Live’

As previously announced, 20th Century Fox film chairman-CEO Stacey Snider recently told The Hollywood Reporter that there are talks to create a stage adaptation of the Hugh Jackman-led musical film, following its box office success. For the first time, Jackman commented on this in an interview with Forbes. Featured Content


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! is a Joyous, Imaginative Adaptation, Despite Inherent Problems

For me, there has always been an inherently cynical, bah-humbug spirit that pervades the majority of the A CHRISTMAS STORY film. The 1983 movie, which brought the phrase ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ to basic cable for 24-straight hours every Christmas, is ultimately the antithesis of nearly every other Christmas classic. Though the film is beloved as a holiday cult-favorite, at the heart of the story is a young boy living in constant fear of his parents, bullies, missing out on the gift of his dreams, and practically everything else around him. There’s also the issue that the boy’s sole increasingly problematic wish is to get a gun for Christmas. Despite that depressing take on the holidays, the musical version of the story that was broadcast live on FOX on Sunday night was able to keep the film’s story and structure, but to infuse it with an imagination and winsomeness that transformed it into a tale of childhood wonder and persistence. Granted it was a mostly inconsequential tale, but the vibrancy of the score and the performances made it an enjoyable, if not all that memorable, viewing experience. Featured Content


‘Super Mario Bros.’ Will Be Animated for Next Movie Adaptation

'Super Mario Bros.' Will Be Animated for Next Movie Adaptation

Nintendo, one of the biggest video game companies in history, hasn't bothered with movie adaptations for almost 25 years. Since the failure of 1993's live-action Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, there's been little to no interest to try again. Rumors have circulated in recent years about deals with Disney or general plans for big screen versions of its properties. But we're now on the verge of something real happening – and it…

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The Lord of the Rings TV Adaptation Lands at Amazon With Multi-Season Commitment & Potential Spin-Off

The Lord of the Rings, Elijah WoodOne series to rule them all? That’s what Amazon is hoping.
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‘Tokyo Ghoul’ Review: A Fun Film Adaptation That Anime Fans Will Eat Up

A Solid Adaptation

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Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) wears his frightening ghoul mask.

Most live-action adaptations of manga and anime don’t get it right. They suffer due to a multitude of reasons: condensing a serialized story into feature length, an inability to properly translate tone, and oftentimes they take fantastical ideas that work in cartoon form but look cheesy in reality. There are elements of those issues in Tokyo Ghoul, but this is actually one of the better adaptations I’ve seen.

The movie mostly gets by on its fun premise. The concept that there are flesh-eating monsters called “ghouls” hiding among us is a setup ripe for exploration. And our perspective character, Ken Kaneki, works well enough as a proxy for our introduction into this crazy society.

Horror Action for the Marvel Generation

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Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) unleashes his kagune.

Tokyo Ghoul is at its best when it sticks to its horror action. The big fights that are peppered throughout the film are all engaging and exciting. This is definitely cribbing from the Marvel mold in terms of direction and style when it comes to the action. That’s not a bad thing. It might not be incredibly unique but it works and keeps you entertained.

Unfortunately, these action scenes are too few and far between. Drawn out exposition and maneuvering of characters take up so much of this film. This all works in a longer form of storytelling, but doing this is a feature film eats up a lot of running time. If there were one or two more action beats, it would help keep the pulse of the film from getting weak.

Threadbare Characters

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Kureo Mado (Yô Ôizumi) is a deadly and driven ghoul hunter.

Probably the biggest issue with the film is its characters. As with most manga/anime characters, they are often one-note or only exist to service the plot. Granted, a serialized story allows for such characters to grow, change, and surprise us. But, a feature film only has so much time to do all of that. Tokyo Ghoul feels like it’s populated by cartoon characters.

Now, that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun. The villainous government agent who is tasked with hunting the ghouls, Kureo Mado, is delightfully wicked. Still, that’s all he is. There is very little depth or complexity to these characters. What you see is what you get. For some, that’s actually appealing. But, it does leave very little to discover to the story once we’re familiar with the world of the ghouls.

Is Tokyo Ghoul Good?

It’s a film for fans of the property. The filmmakers take great care to remain faithful to a lot of the story with only minimal changes. For many fans, that’s all they want. If this is your first experience with the property, it’s a decent entry point. It falls victim to a few anime adaptation woes but nothing damning. I’m sure you’ll like it more than Death Note.

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‘1922’ Review: Dull, Downbeat Stephen King Adaptation That Disappoints

What is 1922?

In this adaptation of the Stephen King story, from the Full Dark, No Stars collection, Thomas Jane plays Wilfred James, a farmer frustrated by his wife Arlette’s ambition and plans to move to the city. So Wilfred murders Arlette in cold blood and buries her on the land. But fear and guilt start to eat away at him, slowly driving Wilfred mad.

A Dark Tale

In 1922, Thomas Jane’s Wilfred informs us via voiceover, “A man’s pride was a man’s land. And so was his son.” Which is fitting, as it’s pride, and his son, and the land on which they live that are ultimately Wilfred’s undoing.

It’s a dark story. And one that’s been told many times before, in the Bible, in myths and fables, and in a thousand TV movies. But this is an adaptation of Stephen King’s take on uxoricide, meaning it’s a particularly nasty version.

Wilfred may have once loved his wife Arlette, but that love has now turned into hate, precipitated by her inheriting 100 acres of land, and desiring to leave it behind in favour of a life in the city.

This goes against everything Wilfred believes. He’s a farmer, from farming stock, his own 80 acres being passed down to him by his father, with plans to one day pass them onto his son. He also believes “cities are for fools.”

The pair are therefore at a pretty serious crossroads. Arlette suggests divorce, offering to sell the land and split the proceeds. But she also wants to keep their boy Henry. Which is simply unacceptable to Wilfred, pride preventing him from even entertaining the notion.

And so Wilfred decides to murder Arlette, roping in young Henry, killing her in the bed they share, and throwing the body down the well on their land. But the rats eating the remains of her carcass are far from the last we’ve seen of Arlette.

Thomas Jane as Wilfred James in 1922.

Guilt and Paranoia

In spite of the fact that this is Stephen King material, 1922 isn’t a supernatural story of a victim returning from the dead to wreak revenge on the living. Here, the horror is the guilt and paranoia that slowly drives Wilfred mad. But that story just isn’t interesting enough. Everything you expect Wilfred to say and do, he does, making 1922 far too predictable.

It’s also relentlessly grim. Which is fine as the story is hardly the stuff of joy and laughter. But a brief montage — focusing on Henry’s journey post-murder — is terrific, injecting life into proceedings, and putting the rest of the film to shame. It also tells a tale that’s more interesting than the one we’re forced to return to.

Thomas Jane is near unrecognisable in the lead role, his Wilfred a million miles away from the likeable everymen he played in past Stephen King adaptations Dreamcatcher and The Mist. Here, he’s less a man, and more a clenched fist, his perma-squint and gritted teeth hinting at the rage bubbling beneath his surface. And it’s an effective performance.

But unlike the book, we never truly get inside his head over the course of proceedings. We hear his inner monologue via that aforementioned voiceover, with Wilfred narrating events from a hotel room. But we never get a sense of what truly makes him tick, making for a psychological study that fails to capture the essence of its subject.

1922 looks nice, capturing the beauty of the Nebraskan countryside in the summer, and the harsh cruelty of its winters when the proverbial hits the fan. And it sounds good, queasy strings perfectly complementing the unpleasant images onscreen. But sharp pictures and sounds just aren’t enough in a film that falls frustratingly flat.

Is 1922 Good?

1922 is based on a Stephen King novella that’s just over 100 pages long. And that’s one of the film’s major problems, the slight story stretched over 100-minutes when it might have been better served as a short.

The film is well crafted, with writer-director Zak Hilditch maintaining a downbeat tone that’s in-keeping with the themes being explored. And it’s well acted, with Thomas Jane solid in the lead, and Neal McDonough lending quality support in a small but important role.

But ultimately, 1922 is a thriller that lacks tension, and a horror film that lacks scares. Making for a frustrating viewing experience that’s uninspired, predictable, and just a little bit dull.

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Watch Gruesome Trailer for New Stephen King Adaptation ‘1922’

A marital dispute leads to grisly murder in the new trailer for 1922, a Netflix film based on a Stephen King novella. The film comes out on Netflix October 20th, just in time for Halloween.

Thomas Jane – who appeared in previous film versions of King's work like The Mist and

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Public Works’ AS YOU LIKE IT Musical Adaptation Brings Friends, Feuds and Romance to the Delacorte Tonight

The Public Theaterbegins performances for the free Public Works musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taubtonight, September 1. Featured Content