Remember last month, when we told you that Netflix was moving ahead with an adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game and we were all like, "Whew, that's a pretty ballsy move"? Well, they're still doing it, and so far they've rounded up a fairly impressive cast to pull it off.
Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood have been set to star in Gerald’s Game, an adaptation of the Stephen King 1992 bestselling novel that Mike Flanagan will direct from a script he wrote with Jeff Howard. Netflix will release globally...
Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, and Chiara Aurelia round out the cast as production gets underway in Mobile, AL.
In case you're unfamiliar with the source novel, Gerald's Game revolves around a woman, Jessie Burlingame (Gugino, presumably), who finds herself handcuffed to a bed in a remote cabin in the middle of nowhere after her husband (Greenwood, presumably) has an extremely ill-timed heart attack. That's problem enough as it is, but it also turns out - in typical King fashion - that Jessie might not be quite as alone as she thinks she is.
Which brings us to the rest of that casting announcement: if Carel Struycken is playing who I think he's playing, that's some spot-on, excellent casting. I'll say no more in the name of keeping spoilers light, but those of you who've read the book can probably guess where my head's at on that front.
Here's director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) talking about the adaptation:
“Gerald’s Game has been my dream project for nearly 20 years. As a lifelong fan of Stephen King, it is a true honor to be trusted with this amazing material. I am deeply grateful to my longtime partner, Trevor Macy, and to my new partners at Netflix, for making this dream project a reality. This is one of the reasons I wanted to make movies in the first place.”
As a dyed-in-the-wool King nerd, I have to admit that I'm excited to see someone tackle this material, and I'm very curious to see how mass audiences react to it.
Stay tuned for more Gerald's Game updates as they become available (in the meantime, I suggest picking up the book via the link below, if only to acquaint yourself with one of King's most bizarro stories).