1922: Another Dark Tale From Stephen King
Pick of the Day: 1922, streaming on Netflix.
Stephen King reportedly writes 1500 words during a 3½-hour writing session each morning. (I recently heard the gag that if a Marvel-style film about King’s origin story were made, it would have to involve him dropping his typewriter and breaking off the backspace key before resolving to just keep writing without revision.)
Despite his copious output through the years, we must be reaching peak-King on TV and film.
Consider: a remake of It in cinemas; a new series The Mist recently debuted on Netflix; plus the films Gerard’s Game, and now 1922, also on Netflix; not to mention the return of Stranger Things — an explicit homage to King’s oeuvre — for a second season next Friday.
Australian writer and director Zak Hilditch has adapted 1922 from one of King’s stories. It stars Thomas Jane (The Expanse), Molly Parker (House of Cards) and Dylan Schmid.
Hilditch describes it as “one man’s terrible decision when his place in the world is threatened by his wife. He manipulates his son into aiding him in a shocking crime, and this adds a whole other tragic layer to an already sad and confronting tale.
“I found (Jane’s) Wilfred to be such a compelling and conflicted character. A very relatable, flawed man who has done something so shockingly messed up and certainly pays a price in more ways than one.”
He says the actors were a pleasure to work with, but the adage about working with animals — rodents in this case — was true.
“I met with Thomas Jane and we just clicked from the get-go … Molly Parker was an absolute dream to work with … (but) there are quite a few rats in the film, and they weren’t the easiest things to handle, as you can imagine.”
Netflix’s plan to dominate the film business will kick up a gear next year with a reported 80 original films scheduled, including The Irishman with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.