Director Mike Flanagan (Before I Wake (2016), Hush (2016), Oculus (2013), Absentia (2011)) was originally pursued to direct the Stephen King film adaptation of Gerald’s Game (2017) since 2014. Netflix then put the film on hold because the story is a little hard to see the potential as the story revolves around a woman who is chained to a bed for the majority of the film. The woman accidently kills her husband leaving her chained to the bed and eventually she gives in to the voices in her head. Not only has Netflix agreed to produce the film, but they have also agreed to give Mike Flanagan complete freedom to make the film how he wants. This news comes after the success that Flanagan’s Hush (2016) film has received on Netflix streaming service even getting a positive tweet from Stephen King. This all sounds great, and I cannot wait to see the first set of promo material.
Mike Flanagan interview excerpts:
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.
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.
Gerald's Game (2017)
Synopsis: While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.
Directors: Mike Flanagan
Producers: Nancy Kirhoffer, D. Scott Lumpkin, Trevor Macy, Melinda Nishioka
Editors: Mike Flanagan
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