There have been so many stories over the past few months of planned Stephen King film adaptations and TV series’ it’s hard to keep up! More news came yesterday of yet another proposed movie based on King’s stories, but here’s the catch, this is intended to be an anthology using some of King’s most treasured horror stories.
Mark Pavia, director of the incredibly chilling The Night Flier, is back and thankfully King has welcomed him back with the intention of putting this massive project together. Website Icons of Fright recently caught up with Pavia, and here is what he said:
“It’s a Stephen King anthology film (as yet untitled)”, Pavia explains. “One that consists of only horror stories and one that is incredibly dark and endlessly atmospheric. I want to make a film that represents exactly what you think of when you hear the name “Stephen King”- a celebration of the man and what he does best, which is scaring the living hell out of all of us! But also stories that are rich in character and that have an emotional weight to them, which, of course, is what he’s all about. That’s what sets him apart from everyone else. It will be the first Stephen King anthology film in 25 years.”
Sounds very exciting indeed and Pavia has been wanting to do this for some time now. However it was only recently that he decided to put his plan into action and contact King. Pavia continued:
“Steve agreed right away, which made me very happy. I have to say, it feels like going home. He has been a huge part of my life since discovering me right out of film school and then hiring me (along with Richard Rubinstein) to write and direct THE NIGHT FLIER, which was an amazing experience. He has always been incredibly supportive of me for many years now, which naturally, I’m very grateful for. I love and respect Steve King, as a friend and as an artist, and I’m going to do him right.”
You can check out Pavia’s Facebook page for some hints at the King stories he may be using, and although he did not want to give anything away, he did have this to say about his thoughts on the stories he wants to use:
“Steve chose two of the stories and I chose two — the selection a perfect mixture of classic and contemporary King, a little bit of something for his oldest and newest fans alike. It will be a true representation of his different personas, his varied styles and voices throughout the years. Everything from the horror showman at his pulpiest to his most introverted and introspective character pieces, which can also be his most frightening. Every single aspect of his personality will be represented, which as a filmmaker makes me extremely excited. Not only will the film showcase Stephen King’s many different sides, it will also showcase mine as well.”
And finally, Pavia spoke of his intentions to scare the audience, and why not:
“From the outset, I had just one criteria: all the stories chosen had to be incredibly frightening and also have a supernatural bent to them, and he agreed with me. This is a go for the gut horror show, make no mistake about that, and I can’t wait to bring it to life for his countless fans around the world. Rest assured, I’m going to give all Stephen King fans what they want and what they deserve.”
More as it develops.
(Source: Icons of Fright)
By Matt Wavish