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The Stephen King Movie Adaptation Thread

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by FLMountainMan, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    Besides Viggo Mortensen, the following actors would've been good:

    Guy Pearce
    Josh Holloway (Sawyer from LOST)
    Clive Owen
    Josh Brolin


    +1

    Javier Bardem doesn't work in my mind. Too large and not grizzled enough.
     


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    Viggo would be an ideal candidate. Clint about 15 years ago would have fit the bill.
     


  4. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    The Stand is now getting the business too.....going to be hard to fit it all into one two hour movie....

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blo...ding-big-94805

     


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    Biggskip Senior member

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    The Stand is now getting the business too.....going to be hard to fit it all into one two hour movie....

    You can't fit it into a two hour movie. ABC did an 8 hour mini-series in the 90's and it was still extremely brief.
     


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    I dunno. The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, Stand By Me, and Misery were all pretty good.

    So was Dolores Claiborne, Needful Things, Hearts in Atlantis, The Green Mile... So basicly anything that doesnt involve the normal horor stuff.

    Good books = Good movies. Crappy Books = Crappy movies. Pretty much. That doesnt change regardless of who you are...
     


  7. Dr Huh?

    Dr Huh? Senior member

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    The Stand is now getting the business too.....going to be hard to fit it all into one two hour movie....

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blo...ding-big-94805


    Ugh, this is such a dumb idea. As Biggskip mentioned, this was already an 8 hour mini series, and even then it had to cut some stuff. In 2 hours, how would the story work? You'd have to cut out pretty much all the backstory, as well as a few characters.

    - First hour, the movie starts in the aftermath of Captain Trips, survivors meet up, try to reform society.

    - Second hour, Stu and co head out West to confront Flagg.

    A ton of great moments would have to be cut. And the only point of adapting it to the big screen seems to be just so they can adapt it to the big screen. The tv series wasn't great, but it wasn't that bad, and it had a lot of good actors in it. Gary Sinese, Ray Walston, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Miguelle Ferrer, Rob Lowe, Ed Harris, etc. On the big screen you probably would just get actors who are as good, or only slightly better. I just don't see the point.
     


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    You can't fit it into a two hour movie. ABC did an 8 hour mini-series in the 90's and it was still extremely brief.

    its almost better to expound on a good King short story like stand by me or the mist. if not then just take a section out of the whole book that can stand by itself and do a stand alone movie on part of the story.

    there was a short story in 4 past midnight, The Langoliers, that could be remade into a quality movie. I guess there was a sub par TV movie made in the mid 90's.

    you just need a good script writer to pry the story away from king and have them do a good movie version, analogous, but not exactly like the books.

    actually maybe show time or HBO could do a big budget serial drama on a whole king book. cable could do it justice by having all the fucked up/scary/sexual/graphic/violent themes really fleshed out and real.
     


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  10. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    Has there ever been a good movie made from a King book?

    The Shining
    Stand By Me
    Shawshank
    Green Mile
    The Mist


    ...for starters
     


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    Has there ever been a good movie made from a King book?

    The Shining
    Stand By Me
    Shawshank
    Green Mile
    The Mist


    Might have to put a little * next to The Shinning. Book is pretty different from the movie. That said, they are generally the same thing and the film is in my Top 10 All-Time.

    This is one of the most fascinating lists of movie trivia I've ever read.

    For instance:

     


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    Shawshank was a SK novel?

    Short story I think
     


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    Shawshank was a SK novel?

    Yep. It was originally titled "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", a novella that could be found in the collection "Different Seasons", along with "The Body" (Stand By Me), "Apt Pupil" and "The Breathing Method".
     


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