A movie version of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game is to begin filming this fall.
Reporting from Cannes, movie website Deadline.com revealed the exclusive news that Mike Flanagan, the director and writer behind Oculus and the upcoming Somnia, will be directing. Flanagan and frequent writing partner Jeff Howard have penned the script, while Intrepid Pictures will be producing.
Released in 1992, Gerald’s Game was a bestseller featuring the character Jessie Burlingame, who accidentally killed her husband while she was handcuffed to the bed in a bondage game.
Here’s the official synopsis of the novel from StephenKing.com:
Gerald and Jessie Burlingame have gone to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games, but when Gerald refuses to stop she lashes out at him with deadly consequences. Still handcuffed, she is trapped and alone. Painful memories from her childhood bedevil her. Her only company is a hungry stray dog and the sundry voices that populate her mind. As night comes, she is unsure whether it is her imagination or if she has another companion: someone watching her from the corner of her dark bedroom.
Director Mike Flanagan says of the book: “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.
Traditionally, it has proven difficult to turn Stephen King’s works into box office successes, although a few films based on King’s writings have met with critical success, like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
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