Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game to be Adapted by Oculus’ Mike Flanagan


Many of Stephen King’s novels and short stories have been turned into movies both for television and the big screen, but one of the novels that seems to have evaded adaptation since it was released in 1992 is Gerald’s Game, a terrifying thriller about a woman who becomes trapped, handcuffed to a bed in a remote area after her husband dies in the middle of a bondage game.

Deadline is reporting that Oculus director Mike Flanagan has come on board to adapt the book, co-writing with his partner Jeff Howard, with plans to direct it as his next movie. Originally, Flanagan was going to start production on his next movie Diver over the summer, but he has decided to push that back to 2015 to focus on the King adaptation.

Flanagan’s regular producing partner Trevor Macy and Intrepid Pictures will produce the film and Flanagan had this to say about the project:

“In the tradition of Misery and Dolores Claiborne, Gerald’s Game is one of the most intense and compelling novels I’ve ever read, and this has been a dream project for many years. Trevor and I are very excited to help translate that experience for an audience.”

If you’ve read Gerald’s Game and seen Oculus, how do you feel it might translate to the screen with Mike Flanagan on board?