A couple years ago, Hush director Mike Flanagan was linked to an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 suspense novel Gerald’s Game. Now that the filmmaker has received some hefty praise for his stylish thriller (including a Top Rated review from our own Dan Caffrey), he has a little more clout to get the job done this time around.
And that’s just what Flanagan plans to do, according to Rue Morgue. The veteran publication sat down with the filmmaker, who explained his intentions in bringing King’s story to life, something that should be fairly simple and in-demand right now around Hollywood and has, for some reason, proved quite difficult time and time again.
“If you know the source material, you’ll know there are a lot of challenges inherent in that story,” he explains. “Not so much the narrative challenges of how to adapt it; it took me 10 years of constantly thinking about the book to crack the cinematic version. But it’s a real challenge for financiers and distributors, who say, ‘Yeah, we love your work, we love Stephen King, but this story, this particular story? We don’t know how it works,’ without reshaping it to fit a much more conventional structure, which I did not want to do.
“And Netflix, because of how well Hush has done, said, ‘We’re really interested in this, and we’d like to do it the way you want to do it.’ And that eliminated the pressure of having to test-screen the movie and define the demographic that’s going to watch it—all of that stuff that typically comes into the conversation when you’re trying to figure out how to market a film for a wide theatrical release. It just cleared the table, so that I can make the movie I want to make. I’m hoping very much that we can get that movie up on its feet soon.”
Considering Netflix is riding off the success of the King-ish Stranger Things, they’re probably watering at the mouths to get this sucker out and into homes everywhere. Though, given that Flanagan was previously linked to the John Carpenter-produced Halloween sequel, it’s a wonder when this thing will actually ever take off.
Nevertheless, here’s the book’s official synopsis; you do the casting:
Gerald and Jessie Burlingame have gone to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games, but when Gerald refuses to stop she lashes out at him with deadly consequences. Still handcuffed, she is trapped and alone. Painful memories from her childhood bedevil her. Her only company is a hungry stray dog and the sundry voices that populate her mind. As night comes, she is unsure whether it is her imagination or if she has another companion: someone watching her from the corner of her dark bedroom.
Yeah, that sounds right up Flanagan’s alley.