When Stephen King rose to prominence as a horror luminary, Hollywood began snatching up his tales in earnest. After they started running out of novels they turned to his short stories, sometimes adapting them into feature films like Stand By Me and The Lawnmower Man, and sometimes producing anthology horror movies with a string of spooky stories. But films like Creepshow and Cat's Eye have gone the way of the dodo lately, occasionally finding a home on DVD with crap like Deadtime Stories but usually bypassing theaters entirely. That may be about to change thanks to director Mark Pavia, who's reteaming with King for a new anthology horror film after their previous collaboration on an adaptation of the short story The Night Flier.
Not that we know for sure if this as-yet-unnamed project is going to theaters or not, but with King attached there's a damned good chance we could see a resurgence of anthology horror movies, which is worth daydreaming about. Pavia spoke to the Icons of Fright about the project, and his which of King's stories will be included: "Steve chose two of the stories and I chose two — the selection 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, his varied styles and voices throughout the years. Everything from the horror showman at his pulpiest to his most introverted and introspective character pieces, which can also be his most frightening."
Pavia also indicates that each of the selected stories will have a supernatural element, keeping the film firmly rooted in what he calls "a go for the gut horror show." Alas, we might be getting our hopes up. Pavia is not a major director (he hasn't done a feature film since 1997's The Night Flier, although he reportedly has one in pre-production called Sick Nick) and Stephen King movies are no longer guaranteed primo theatrical distribution. But either way, Pavia claims – and we can't seem to dispute this – that the film would be the first Stephn King anthology movie in 25 years, so this is pretty major news.
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