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Night Flier director returns to Maine

05 January 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Icons of Fright

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Mark Pavia Directing New King Anthology

It's 25 years since Creepshow 2 drew a line under a brief run of Stephen King portmanteau movies (which also included Creepshow and Cat's Eye; there was a Creepshow 3 in 2006, but King wasn't involved). A new anthology of movie-ised King short stories is now on the way though, courtesy of writer/director Mark Pavia.

Pavia has King previous, having directed The Night Flier, starring Miguel Ferrer, back in 1995. Since then he's been battling through development hell on any number of projects: for a time he was attached to the remakes both of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Dawn Of The Dead, and he wrote an early treatment of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train

He also collaborated with King on a Night Flier sequel in 2005, but while the film never happened, the experience was clearly a happy one, leading to this new project, which has King's involvement.

"Steve agreed to the film right away," Pavia told Icons Of Fright. "He chose two stories and I chose two, and the selection is a perfect mixture of classic and contemporary King: a little bit of something for his oldest and newest fans alike. It will be a true representation of his different personas, from the horror showman at his pulpiest, to his most introverted and introspective character pieces. From the outset I had just one criteria: all the stories chosen had to be incredibly frightening and also have a supernatural bent, and he agreed with me. This is a go-for-the-gut horror show, make no mistake about that. I'm going to give all Stephen King fans the film they want and deserve." Reports that he ever told King he was his number one fan and then broke his ankles with a hammer are unsubstantiated.

There are no official studio or distribution deals set up yet, and no title for the film. Nor have the four stories yet been revealed, but Pavia did update his Facepage over New Year to say that he was "writing about churning storm clouds, Derry, Maine and the Grim Reaper." That might indicate a version of the 1969 haunted-mirror story The Reaper's Image, which is in King's Skeleton Crew collection.

"My New Year's resolution: to scare the living crap out of each and every one of you," Pavia says. "You've been warned..."

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Love the related reviews next to this article: all for King adaptations, all terrible films. His horrors seldom seem to make the leap, Carrie and Misery being the exceptions (The Shining was just dull) Never read a book of his though. Might all be gash to start with. Still, can't help but be drawn into news of his work on Screen... Certain nostalgic pulpy fear of nonsense from my childhood like It. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 00:04 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: What hammer?
Well if you were going to be a massive pedant instead of just letting a casual joke go by you'd have to say that he'd only cut off ONE of his feet. More

Posted by Osric at 10:28 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

What hammer?
"Reports that he ever told King he was his number one fan and then broke his ankles with a hammer, are unsubstantiated." If you did that, King would know that you hadn't read his books. To be his number one fan, you'd have to tie him to the bed, chop his feet off with an axe and then cauterise the wound with a blow torch. More

Posted by danstokes at 08:34 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

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