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Stephen King’s GERALD’S GAME Lands Director

Horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan (“Oculus,” “Somnia”) will direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel “Gerald’s Game.” Flanagan and his writing partner Trevor Macy, under their Intrepid Pictures banner, will produce. They had planned on making the film “Diver,” which would have begun production this summer, but have pushed the start date back to 2015.

“Gerald’s Game” is getting a lot of attention at Cannes with casting in progress for a fall shooting schedule. Stephen King is particular about the filmmakers who handle the rights to his novels. He is very hands on and takes upfront option fees as low as one dollar (against a healthy back-end reimbursement.) So, if a production company is lucky enough to land the rights, they need to act on it quickly.

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Flanagan had this to say about the material.

“In the tradition of Misery and Dolores Claiborne, Gerald’s Game is one of the most intense and compelling novels I’ve ever read, and this has been a dream project for many years. Trevor and I are very excited to help translate that experience for an audience.”

“Gerald’s Game” revolves around a woman who accidentally kills her husband while she is handcuffed to the bed as part of a bondage game. She comes to the subsequent realization that she is trapped with little hope of rescue, and begins to let the voices inside her head take over.

Sources: deadline, wikipedia