Next up for Oculus and Somnia director Mike Flanagan is another horror project, an adaption of Stephen King’s suspense novel Gerald’s Game. Deadline today revealed that Flanagan wrote the script with his writing partner Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy and his Intrepid Pictures banner will produce, as he also did on Flanagan’s two horror films.
“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,” Flanagan said. “Trevor and I are very excited to help translate that experience for an audience.”
King’s 1992 novel finds Gerald and his wife Jessie heading to their remote Maine cabin for a weekend of S&M fun. But, things go bad quickly as Gerald accidentally dies, leaving Jessie tied to a bed, tormented by guilt, apparitions and the voices in her head. Flanagan and Macy originally intended the next picture to be Diver, a film that would have started production this summer. They’ve pushed that picture back and instead will plunge full on into Gerald’s Game, which is casting for a fall start.
“Gerald’s Game” joins an ever-growing list of King adaptations in the works these days. Novels like “It,” “The Stand,” “Cell,” “The Dark Tower” and “The Breathing Method” are in the works alongside smaller short stories including “Ayana,” “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates” and “Gramma” (now called “Mercy”).