Filmmaker Josh Boone has revealed in a new interview with Creative Screenwriting that Russell Crowe is attached to star in Boone's upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's 2014 novel Revival. Boone has written the script for the film and plans to make it his next directorial effort after the X-Men spinoff The New Mutants.
I'm guessing that Crowe will play Charles Jacobs, the charismatic minister whose experiments with electricity lead him down some obsessive and nightmarish paths following the death of his wife and baby in a horrible road accident. The tormented Jacobs is a great role for Crowe, and it will be interesting to see who is cast as Jamie, the local boy who first meets the preacher as a child and runs into him again years later, when both are older and much more troubled.
Boone says in the interview that the process of getting the rights to Revival, adapting it, and putting Crowe into the mix has been a smooth one:
"I have a good relationship with Stephen King, so when I wanted to adapt his novel Revival I really just went and asked him...I wrote Revival it in a bubble in a month, did a rewrite a few months later that took two weeks, and haven’t touched it since. We just went and put the money and cast together. It’s certainly the better way to do it, but to get the opportunity to do these big properties you have to go through a much longer process to get to the same end result."
"A good relationship with King" would seem to be an understatement: Boone has also been attached to an adaptation of the author's exceptionally personal Lisey's Story as well as an epic new version of The Stand (he's still working on the latter). Asked about the appeal of King's work, Boone answers:
"For me, Stephen King is the Great American Storyteller in the way he’s able to do what he does so beautifully. The trick that he knew that nobody else really knew as well as him, was that if he established his characters credibly and made you believe that they lived in the same world that you lived in, but then slowly started to introduce supernatural elements, you would swallow the whole thing."
This is the part I like -- Boone also explains what he wants to do with his King adaptations as well as other potential horror films:
"We’re really trying to pioneer and champion doing prestige versions of horror films. That’s the idea with all these projects – to take these authors and elevate their work as high as we possibly can. I guess it’s a ‘Thank you’ for having such a strong grasp on my imagination when I was young."
King's work certainly deserves the "prestige" treatment (IMHO, of course; your mileage may vary), and it does seem like we're about to see a string of high-profile King film adaptations after years without any. In addition to Revival, a two-part version of It is in post-production, and of course The Dark Tower arrives next summer. Revival and The Stand could very well continue that impressive-sounding run.
In the meantime, if you've read Revival, what do you think of Crowe being in the film? And if you haven't read the book -- one of King's best recent efforts -- are you eager to see Crowe (who's also playing a modern take on horror icon Dr. Henry Jekyll in the upcoming The Mummy) in an adaptation of King's work anyway?