Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Stephen King’s The Bone Church is Becoming a TV Series

Stephen King’s creepy narrative poem The Bone Church is becoming a TV series. Fans of King are currently experiencing something of a golden age of adaptations of the author’s work. Of course, the biggest was 2017’s IT, which focused on the childhood section of King’s mammoth book, and the resulting movie went on to gross over $700 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful horror films ever made.

2017 also saw stellar adaptations of King’s Gerald’s Game and 1922, which were both Netflix original productions. A TV series based on Mr Mercedes also aired in 2017, receiving strong reviews and quickly being renewed for a second season. Naturally, studios are now snapping up the rights to further King stories, and in the future fans can look forward to IT: Chapter 2, a remake of Pet Semetary and Doctor Sleep.

Reports are there's an adaptation of King’s narrative poem The Bone Church on the way. The poem is told from the perspective of a drunken bar patron, who recounts the tale of a doomed expedition he was once part to an unnamed jungle to find the mystical Bone Church. The show is being developed by Cedar Park Entertainment, which is owned by director David Ayer (Bright) and Mr Mercedes executive producer Chris Long.

Lionsgate To Develop Blair Witch Series For Television

Even though the Blair Witch film franchise hasn’t been among the most exploited in the horror genre, the influence it’s had is undeniable. Seriously, I can remember when the first flick debuted in cinemas back in 1999, simultaneously becoming a cultural phenomenon and being one of those to spearhead the “found footage” movement. That’s right kids, you pretty much owe this baby a debt of gratitude if you enjoy anything with “Paranormal Activity” in the title.

But, like I said, this series wasn’t dragged out to the degree that others such as Saw or the aforementioned Paranormal Activity were. Instead, the two sequels – one arrived in 2000, with the other not arriving until 2016 – were spread far apart, but there were a handful of faux documentaries that dropped in between, thus keeping the legend alive.

With that, we invite you to journey back into the woods, because Lionsgate is now developing a Blair Witch-themed television series via its new Studio L brand, which, according to Deadline, “includes three features set to bow this spring along with episodic projects in development.”

On that note, Studio L Executive Vice President Seth Laderman had this to offer:

"In today’s fast-changing media landscape, Lionsgate is committed to creating and distributing various types of content for next generation audiences with some of the most exciting creative voices and innovative partners in our industry. “The projects announced today signal our commitment to finding stand-out material, incubating new talent, and delivering authentic storytelling. We will also continue to cultivate and foster fresh opportunities with existing Lionsgate properties, all built around Studio L’s low-risk, high-reward distribution model."

Right now, it remains unknown as to who’ll star in the Blair Witch show, what it’ll be about, or even what network or platform it’ll air on, but we’ll keep you posted as more develops.

Netflix Poaches Ryan Murphy With an Insane $300 Million Deal

Apparently when it comes to Netflix, the price is no object.

The streaming giant locked down another major writer-producer known for creating ground-breaking and critically acclaimed hits for other networks. Yes, we are talking about Netflix snatching up Ryan Murphy with an exclusive five-year deal that’s valued at $300 million according to The New York Times.

The prolific producer’s lucrative deal with Netflix comes after his contract with 21st Century Fox ends in July 2018. By jumping ship to Netflix, Murphy will now be able to not only create new TV shows, but he will also dabble in creating film content.

Seriously, can Murphy just focus on a single project at a time? It’s like he can’t function unless he’s got a bajillion things in the works simultaneously.

It’s not surprising that Netflix was able to poach Murphy, given that Shonda Rhimes also moved her TV real estate to the streaming service last year. However, Murphy’s massive agreement is being dubbed as a deal of a lifetime.