Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel Gerald's Game heading to Netflix

Director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) has been working on a movie adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game since 2014, but we’ve heard very little about the project since then. Until now.

In a new interview with Rue Morgue, Flanagan spoke about the movie adaptation of King’s 1992 horror novel, which tells the story of a woman who accidentally kills her husband (oops!) while she’s handcuffed to a bed (for some kinky stuff) in a remote cabin. Following the realization that there’s very little hope of being rescued, the woman begins to hear voices in her head that take over.

From what the director says in his comments, it would appear that Gerald’s Game will be heading to Netflix, where his movie Hush is currently streaming. Here’s what Flanagan had to say:

“I view HUSH, actually, as my most successful movie. All of Netflix’s numbers are proprietary, so I don’t get to look at them, but the way I’ve heard people talking, it’s been viewed an amazing number of times, and the reception has been very, very positive. Coincidentally, Stephen King watched HUSH at home on Netflix and tweeted about it, which kind of blew my mind. And that got us talking about GERALD’S GAME again. If you know the source material, you’ll know there are a lot of challenges inherent in that story. Not so much the narrative challenges of how to adapt it; it took me 10 years of constantly thinking about the book to crack the cinematic version. But it’s a real challenge for financiers and distributors, who say, ‘Yeah, we love your work, we love Stephen King, but this story, this particular story? We don’t know how it works,’ without reshaping it to fit a much more conventional structure, which I did not want to do. And Netflix, because of how well HUSH has done, said, ‘We’re really interested in this, and we’d like to do it the way you want to do it.’ And that eliminated the pressure of having to test-screen the movie and define the demographic that’s going to watch it—all of that stuff that typically comes into the conversation when you’re trying to figure out how to market a film for a wide theatrical release. It just cleared the table, so that I can make the movie I want to make. I’m hoping very much that we can get that movie up on its feet soon.”

In case you’re wondering if Stephen King will be involved in one way or another in Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game feature, the director isn’t sure whether that'll be the case, saying:

“That’s going to be entirely up to him. From what I’ve heard, sometimes he’s very involved when it comes to approvals and things like that, and sometimes he can be more hands-off. So I guess that remains to be seen. I would personally want him to be as involved as he possibly wants to be. And I think the more Stephen is involved, the more he’ll see the reverence that I have for this book. I would love for him to be part of this, and I hope he will be.”

What do you guys think? Do you believe Netflix is the perfect home for Gerald’s Game?


(via Rue Morgue)

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