Director of Doctor Sleep and the Netflix "Haunting of Hill House" TV show plans to adapt Stephen King's novel "Revival."

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Director of Doctor Sleep and the Netflix "Haunting of Hill House" TV show plans to adapt Stephen King's novel "Revival."

Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy team up to bring King's tale of religious terror to the big screen

Mike Flanagan, the incredible horror director behind Doctor Sleep and Netlfix's The Haunting of Hill House, is getting ready to bring Stephen King's novel "Revival" to life.

Written in 2014, the story promises terror against a backdrop of death and spirituality. From the synopsis:

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

Warner Bros., the studio behind King’s “It” franchise, is developing the movie. Mike Flanagan is on board to adapt the script with an option to direct. Trevor Macy, who teamed with Flanagan on the 2019 adaptation of King’s “Doctor Sleep,” will produce through Intrepid Pictures.

“It” and “It: Chapter 2” have been the most successful adaptations of King’s works by far, grossing $700 million and $473 million, respectively, at the worldwide box office. Other notable King-based movies include “Carrie,” “The Shining,” “Pet Sematary,” “The Green Mile,” “Stand by Me,” “Misery,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Dolores Claiborne” and “The Dark Tower.”

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