by Josie Kafka
Horror on Screen
Ousted Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has two interesting projects in the works: a sequel to the 1976 film The Omen for…the Lifetime network. (Maybe all that incest in Flowers in the Attic wasn’t enough?) He is also apparently working on a prequel to The Shining called Overlook Hotel, which is old news, but new to me.
That’s not the only Stephen King property making waves these days. Mike Flannagan, who directed the recent horror film Oculus, is slated to direct a film version of King’s novel Gerald’s Game. It’s a really strange choice for a film, since my recollection of the book is that most of it takes place with just one alive character, one corpse, and one possible hallucination. Then again, maybe that’s exactly what horror movies are like these days. I wouldn’t know.
Still not enough King for you? I’ve got more! TNT is developing a new series called The Shop about the top-secret government facility that caused (and was damaged in) all that ruckus in Firestarter: “Twenty years after bringing The Shop to its knees, Charlie has been tracked down by one of its former members, Henry Talbot, who reveals that The Shop is alive and badder than ever, unleashing terrifying new entities into the world. It’s now up to Talbot, Charlie and others like her to find The Shop and destroy it for good.” I hate to admit it, but that sounds kinda awesome.
Doogie Your Own Adventure
Are you the right age to remember those delightful Choose Your Own Adventure novels? You might know what I mean: To ascend to the top of the Aztec temple and defeat the bloodthirsty demon, turn to page 30. To descend into the overgrown jungle of death to attempt to save your sexless love interest, turn to page 7. They were wonderful, and I sometimes think all books should be written like that.
Well, one new book will be: Neil Patrick Harris’s upcoming autobiography will be written in the style of a Choose Your Own Adventure. It comes out in October. Here’s the blurb:
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life.
It would never occur to me to read an autobiography of a TV star who is only 41 years old. And yet I am totally going to read this, and I am totally going to love it. Thank you, NPH. Thank you.
Is This Irony?
Here’s an extended trailer for the upcoming CW Arrow spinoff, The Flash. It’s quite long.
Doctor Who’s newest season, featuring Peter Capaldi as the titular hero, will premiere in August.
This Week in Casts
• Mark Sheppard will be a series regular on Supernatural next season.
• Mark Pellegrino will play the lead role in the American remake of the French series The Returned.
• Gillian Jacobs (Community) will have a recurring role on the fourth season of HBO’s Girls.
• Stephen King will make a cameo appearance in the second season premiere of Under the Dome, and Brett Cullen (Person of Interest) will have a recurring role.
• Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) will join Jason Isaacs (Awake) in the six-episode miniseries Dig about a “Jerusalem-based FBI agent…who’s embroiled in a race to find a religious artifact that could change the course of history. During the search, he becomes the suspect in a sensational murder,” according to TVLine.
• Emilia Clarke (Mother of Dragons) will play Bonnie in a revisionist history of the Bonnie and Clyde debacle called Go Down Together.
• John Barrowman will be a series regular on Arrow starting next fall.
The upcoming Christopher Nolan film Interstellar might not arrive at your local cineplex until November, but here’s a preview to tide you over:
This Week in Paper Tigers
Back in 2012, Ken Liu’s short story “Paper Menagerie,” originally published in Fantasy and Science Fiction, was the first work of fiction to win the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy Award. It is a lovely story that made me cry. And you can find it here.
Josie Kafka reviews The Vampire Diaries, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and various other things that take her fancy. She is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)