Mike Flanagan, the director of “The Shining” sequel “Doctor Sleep,” is set to write the adaptation of another Stephen King novel for Warner Bros., his 2014 book “Revival,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Flanagan will write the screenplay adaptation with the option to direct and he and his partner at Intrepid Films Trevor Macy will produce the film.
King’s “Revival” is described as a dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. It takes place in a small New England town and follows a musician and heroin addict who reconnects with a minister whom he admired as a child. The minister renounced God after an accident killed his wife and child, and the minister now performs dubious experiments with electricity. But the minister is now obsessed with finding a way to communicate with his dead family and winds up summoning demonic creatures in the process.
King previously stated that the story was inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and that he wanted to make the story “as warm as possible” in order to best scare readers deeply invested in the characters.
“The New Mutants” and “The Fault In Our Stars” filmmaker Josh Boone unsuccessfully tried to adapt the source material back in 2016.
In addition to “Doctor Sleep,” Flanagan is the mastermind behind “The Haunting of Hill House,” the Netflix adaptation of the Shirley Jackson horror novel. His “Doctor Sleep” adaptation was based on King’s 2013 novel that followed up from the events of “The Shining,” but the film underperformed with just $72 million at the box office worldwide on a $45 million budget compared to the success Warner Bros. saw with the adaptations of King’s “It.”
Macy and Flanagan are also at work on “Midnight Mass” at Netflix, which is based on the 1994 horror book by Christopher Pike.
Kevin McCormick will oversee “Revival” for Warner Bros.
THR first reported the news of the adaptation.
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Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...