Exclusive: Mick Garris Talks Adapting Stephen King’s Bag of Bones for Television

While attending the Never Sleep Again signing event held this weekend at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, Dread Central had the opportunity to speak with Master of Horror Mick Garris, who caught us up on what he’ll be doing next.

Turns out Garris will be directing a four-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, which fans will be able to check out on network television sometime in 2011. The story centers around a writer who is haunted by the untimely death of his pregnant wife and returns to his summer home to face his fears, only to find out that his return may have not been what he needed to put his past to rest.

“Bag of Bones is something we tried to do as a feature for two or three years,” Garris tells us, “but the way features are now, if it’s not about teenagers or a sequel or a remake, forget it. We wanted to do something much more adult and passionate than studios are making now. It’s a ghost story for grown-ups. Television is the only place you can do that.”

Garris is the perfect choice for Bag of Bones since he is no stranger to translating King’s work. Before Bag of Bones he directed Quicksilver Highway, the 1997 miniseries version of The Shining, Sleepwalkers, and also the television adaptations of both Desperation and The Stand.

Production on Bag of Bones is set to begin in June in Alaska. Garris also added that they will hopefully be casting their lead this week so stay tuned.

Check out the video below of the writer/director talking about Bag of Bones as well as giving us an update on his FEARnet talk show, “Post-Mortem with Mick Garris”.

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  • MayleeWright

    I think this is a tragedy! Mick Garris shouldn’t be able to get near this! I don’t think it should be a miniseries or a movie! Stephen King said in an interview he would never do this. Most of his stories haven’t been made well on screen! Bag of Bones is my absolute favorite, I’m going to be devistated if this Garris destroys it!!

  • Vanvance1

    I think Garris’ talent level is about the same as King’s; their version of ‘The Shining’ is laughable and just what King wanted, proof his book was weak.

    King should have gotten down on his knees and kissed Kubrick’s ass for taking his lame source material and turning it into art.

  • Floydian Trip

    Garris is terrible. His Masters of Horror shorts were the worst ones.

  • Morgan Elektra

    Ugh. Garris has never managed to do King quite right. This makes me sad.

  • hegemon13

    He’s the perfect choice because he did a whole slew of shitty adaptations? Okay, The Stand was all right (just all right, certainly not “good”), but the rest of that list is crap. How about we let someone else have a chance at it who hasn’t already proven that they’ll soil any King properties they touch?