“Star Wars Alum Mark Hamill and Marvel’s Tom Hiddleston has been tapped to star in a new movie King Stephen adaptation of “The Life of Chuck,” will be directed by frequent King collaborators Mike Flanagan.
Flanagan has adapted several of King’s works, including “Doctor Sleep,” the sequel to “The Shining.” Flanagan also worked with Mark Hamill previously on “The Fall of the House of Usher.” The Edgar Allan Poe collaboration is expected to hit Netflix later this year, though no release date has been announced yet.
Now Tom Hiddleston, who is no stranger to horror, will star in the adaptation of King’s short story “The Life of Chuck.”
‘Star Wars’ Alum Mark Hamill & Marvel’s Tom Hiddleston To Join Stephen King’s ‘The Life Of Chuck’ Adaptation For Mike Flanagan
Duration be the first to report that the upcoming project will be very sought after in the upcoming Cannes market. Mike Flanagan will direct, write and produce the film for his Intrepid Pictures banner alongside producer Trevor Macy. FilmNation will handle international rights to the film while WME Independent will handle domestic sales.
“The Life of Chuck” is a short story from Stephen King’s 2020 anthology “If It Bleeds”. The story is really three separate stories, all combined into one to tell the biography of Charles Krantz’s life in reverse. The story begins with his death from a brain tumor at the age of 39 and ends with his childhood in a house suspected of being haunted.
This is the latest project to enter the Cannes market of FilmNation. The comedy “The Invite” starring Amy Adams and Paul Rudd is also playing, as is Dave Bautista’s action thriller “The Cooler.”
Mark Hamill is best known for playing the lead role of Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” series while Tom Hiddleston plays Loki in the Marvel series.
Theo James Joins Another Stephen King Film Adaptation ‘The Monkey’
It looks like there will be more King adaptations in the coming months. Duration also reported that “The White Lotus” star according to James has also been offered the lead role in a new horror film based on the short story “The Monkey” by Stephen King.
James Wan, the creator of The Conjuring universe, is behind this project. Wan also co-created the “Saw” and “Insidious” series. Wan will produce the film with his Atomic Monster partner Michael Clear (M3GAN), Jason Cloth of C2 Motion Picture Group (Joker) and Dave Caplan (Babylon). The story has been adapted for the screen by “Longleds” filmmaker Osgood Perkins, who will also direct the film.
The supernatural tale has been adapted for the screen by genre expert Osgood Perkins (Longlegs), who will also direct. Black Bear International will handle the distribution of the project before its launch in the Cannes market, where it will join The Life of Chuck.
However, “The Monkey” tells a very different story, focusing on twin brothers – Hal and Bill – who find their father’s old money toy in the attic. After discovering it, a series of gruesome deaths began to occur around them. After they decided to throw the monkey away, death stopped and they continued. Over the course of many years, they finally parted ways. However, when mysterious deaths suddenly start happening again, the two brothers realize that they must team up and destroy it forever.
Theo James will probably play either Hal or Bill. No other casting information has been reported at this time. However, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik (Insidious) and Fred Berger (La La Land), Chris Ferguson (Child’s Play), Peter Luo and Nancy Xu of Stars Collective have all been announced to executive produce the film alongside John Friedberg (Greenland) for Black Bear International.
James Wan spared no expense in praising ‘The Godfather of Horror’
In a statement about “The Monkey,” James Wan said, “Stephen King is the godfather of the horror genre. He was a huge influence on me as a child and throughout my career, and I have always dreamed of helping bring one of his stories to life. Monkey is a personal favorite, with a simple, iconic, and extremely marketable conceit. And I can’t imagine anyone better than a visionary and lifelong fan of the genre like Osgood to bring this to life.”
Cloth and Caplan added: “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Osgood, James, Brian and our friends at Black Bear International to present Stephen King’s The Monkey. It perfectly tests what is working in the market right now and would be an attractive asset. We can’t wait for audiences to see Theo James in the role – he’s really going to knock it out of the park with an incredible performance.”