Mike Flanagan’s book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game is supposedly coming out sometime this year, although no official release date has been given by Netflix. I’m gonna take a shot in the dark and say that it’s probably going to be saved for the Halloween season as that just makes the most sense. That being said, I have no insider information, it’s just a guess on my end.
While we wait for the film, the folk over at Daily Dead have posted an interview with producer Trevor Macy, who spoke about the adaptation and what fans can expect. Perhaps the most interesting point he brought up was how the film would play out, since it doesn’t lend itself to a lot of dialogue. In the story, a woman accidentally kills her husband during a sex act where she is handcuffed to a bed. Because of this she remains stuck, unable to free herself and far away from any possible help.
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Calling the film a “…faithful adaptation“, Macy does state that they had to take some creative liberties in order to make the film. He explains, “There’s a storytelling device that we use that the book doesn’t. It’s really nice to get Stephen King’s support in doing that, even at the script stage, so he feels and we feel that it’s a very faithful adaptation.”
Knowing that the book is popular amongst King fans, and the horror novel world as a whole, Macy wants to make it clear that he too has an interest in seeing the project done right and with King’s approval.
“Well, I’m a big fan of the book as well, and one of the more fulfilling moments in my professional life was showing this cut to Stephen King and having him tweet how excited he was about it. I think the challenge with that—if you’re a fan of the book, so much of it takes place internally, in her [Jessie’s] head. So, “how do you do that in a cinematic way?” was the fundamental question when you’re taking that particular book into movie land. It isn’t done quite the way it’s done in the book, but I’m very proud of it, and fortunately Stephen King’s very proud of it, so I think audiences are going to like it.“
Carel Struycken and Henry Thomas co-star alongside Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood.
Once again, Jessie Burlingame (Gugino) has been talked into submitting to her husband, Gerald’s, kinky sex games—something that she’s frankly had enough of, and they never held much charm for her to begin with. So much for a “romantic getaway” at their secluded summer home. After Jessie is handcuffed to the bedposts—and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) crosses a line with his wife—the day ends with deadly consequences. Now Jessie is utterly trapped in an isolated lakeside house that has become her prison—and comes face-to-face with her deepest, darkest fears and memories. Her only company is that of the various voices filling her mind… as well as the shadows of nightfall that may conceal an imagined or very real threat right there with her…