Oculus director to adapt Stephen King's suspense novel Gerald's Game

Word out of the Cannes Film Festival is that Oculus director Mike Flanagan will helm an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel, Gerald’s Game, about a woman who fights to survive after a bondage game with her husband goes horribly wrong.

Gerald’s Game was the followup to King’s 1991 behemoth, Needful Things, which–at 690 pages–was nearly twice as long as the ’92 book. The main challenge for Flanagan–who cowrote the script with writing partner Jeff Howard–will be to keep viewers interested in what’s happening within the tortured mind of Jessie Burlingame as she deals with being stranded alone and handcuffed to a bed.

“In the tradition of Misery and Dolores ClaiborneGerald’s Game is one of the most intense and compelling novels I’ve ever read,” Flanagan told deadline.com, “and this has been a dream project for many years.”

Here’s hoping Flanaga’s “dream project” turns out better than Oculus did.

Or Needful Things, for that matter.

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