King's novel focuses on a Maine vacation town that gets surrounded by a mysterious force field, trapping the residents inside and forcing them to fight each other for survival. Think 'The Walking Dead' meets 'The Hunger Games.'
Although Spielberg is perhaps best well-known for his work in movies, in recent years he's also produced several TV shows. He's serving as a producer of 'Terra Nova,''Smash' and 'The River,' which are all due out this fall.
Spielberg is no stranger to working with Showtime, having served as an executive producer on 'The United States of Tara.' His other TV highlights include 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific,' World War II mini-series he produced for HBO.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director has singed to helm the pilot for Syfy's upcoming supernatural series, based on King's novella, 'The Colorado Kid.'
The project, which centers on an FBI agent investigating a murder in a creepy town in Maine, has snagged Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour and Richard Donat for key roles. Rose, who chatted with us about the show last week, plays the agent who, she said, is also trying to solve a personal mystery that's "driven her whole life."
'Haven' has some strong ties to the 'The Dead Zone,' the last TV show adapted from King's work. Show producers Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan and Scott Shepherd are all 'Dead Zone' vets who guided that series through six respectable seasons on USA. Time will tell if 'Haven,' which is also being pitched to networks abroad, will have a similar shelf life.
The series is set to premiere later this year.
Set to begin shooting in April and hit the airwaves in July, Syfy's 'Haven,' inspired by the King novella 'The Colorado Kid,' aspires to become only the second King adaptation in regular TV series form. Perhaps it will generate a paradigm shift?
According to star Emily Rose, who spoke to AOL at last week's Syfy Channel Upfront, there are 13 episodes of 'Haven' planned for season one, and she hoped it might extend beyond that.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Syfy, which is perhaps better known to most television viewers by it's original and more intuitive name SciFi Channel, will be adapting King's novella 'The Colorado Kid' as a series. Titled 'Haven,' the new series has been slated for an initial run of 13 episodes and will expand upon the material of the novella, which took place mostly as a conversation between reporters.
The novel is about one of those small New England towns that King enjoys writing about suddenly finding itself trapped in a force field. Unlike The Simpsons Movie, the concept is not played for humorous effect.
The idea is reminiscent of those stories where people are trapped in a confined space and lawlessness sets in. There have been many similar concepts done in TV and film, although I can't think of any particular ones off the top of my head.
As he gets older, King's television presence becomes less. For a few years it seemed like a different TV show based on his work was being produced every year. He may be starting that again. So much for retirement.
In the greatest Steven/Stephen combination since Carell and Colbert left 'The Daily Show', Variety is reporting that King and Spielberg are collaborating on an adaptation of King's latest novel, 'Under The Dome', which has been optioned by DreamWorks TV with the likely intent of turning it into a major cable event.
King, of course, remains one of the most prolific writers in America, especially when it comes to works adapted for television or film; the acclaimed horror author has had no fewer than 33 feature films alone based on his stories, including classics such as 'Cujo', 'Carrie' and 'Stand By Me'. In the realm of television his record is a little spottier, though it does include popular events such as 'Salem's Lot,' 'It' and 'The Stand'.
Now King is returning to the airwaves with Haven, a series based on his novella The Colorado Kid. The premise is about a small town in Maine (as usual) where cursed people live in exile. A female FBI agent named Audrey Parker arrives to solve a mystery and fight supernatural forces.
Is it me or does this sound a lot like the episode of The X-Files that King wrote? In that episode, Scully is in Maine and Mulder only appeared on screen from his office for counsel.
King has been known to recycle ideas. We'll see how this one turns out.
Mike Harrison (who wrote and directed the Sci Fi Channel's Dune miniseries) is working on a four-hour miniseries of the horror novel Cell for the Weinstein Company. Harrison has worked with King's material before on the movies Creepshow and Tales from the Darkside: the Movie.
Having never read Cell, it's difficult to have an opinion over whether this will evolve into a quality miniseries. There is some talent behind the show, so that's encouraging.
Then the network caused a global groan so loud that it shifted the tectonic plates when they announced that Nelson had to cancel and they would replace him with Larry the Cable Guy.
It's such an obvious and safe choice that might be a good recipe for ratings, but it's a sure fire recipe for boring. Here are the iconic stars who would have made much better kindling for a white hot comedy roast.
Rumors about Steven Spielberg helming an adaptation of The Talisman, the novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub, have been circulating for almost as long as the book itself has been in print, almost three decades. Last year reports began to pop up again that a film adaptation was in the works, but still nothing. Now, however, it's official: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy will be executive producing the six-hour adaptation for DreamWorks Television, set to air on TNT in the summer of 2008. Ehren Krueger (Arlington Road, The Ring, The Brothers Grimm) is penning the script.
The novel focuses on Jack Sawyer, a young boy who sets out on a quest to find the titular talisman, a magic artifact that may save his mother, who is dying of cancer. Jack flips back and forth between parallel worlds, his own reality and another called "the Territories." This novel, along with its sequel, 2001's Black House, also ties into King's seven-part Dark Tower series, as does a large portion of his other works.
1 star to corbett: "After the office Christmas party, I didn't know how to say... 'I'm sorry I gave you gonorrhea.'"
2 stars to Toby OB: "Coming soon in a DVD boxed set for 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show': the "lost" episode, in which Mary Richards declares her true feelings for Ted Baxter....."
3 stars to orimental: "Sir, these were sent by your children to be put on your grave. Where would you like me to place them?"
This week, a scene from the first episode of Nightmares & Dreamscapes:
It hasn't even aired on television yet (it starts on Wednesday on TNT), but Warner will release the DVD set for the Stephen King miniseries Nightmares & Dreamscapes on October 24.
In addition to episodes starring Steven Weber, William Hurt, Kim Delaney, and Tom Berenger, the set will include an extended episode starring William H. Macy that won't air on the TV version of the miniseries. The set will also have commentaries and documentaries.
Take a look at Keith's preview of the show here.
I'm a fan of Stephen King's writing, though more specifically, I enjoy his short stories. I've read a few of King's larger works, but sometimes I just need a quick beginning-to-end read in one night, and books like 'Skeleton Crew,' 'Night Shift' and 'Nightmares & Dreamscapes' fit the bill nicely.
TNT has a new series debuting next week that pays homage to several of King's short works, titled Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. Though the title matches that of one of King's compilations of short stories, there are episodes covering stories from other books of King's as well.
Case in point, the premiere episode, 'Battleground,' comes from King's 1978 book, 'Night Shift.' Does the episode do the 10-page story justice? Read on for my thoughts.
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