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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