Spooky season is here, and with it comes one – or thirty-one – days to watch classic Halloween favorite films.
For horror film aficionados, that list usually includes at least one film by horror master Stephen King, who has earned his reputation by writing terrifying thrillers.
From “Carrie” to “The Shining” to “IT,” many of King’s works have become pop culture staples.
Although he may not appear to be a scary movie fan on the surface, comedian and singer Jamie Foxx is planning to rewrite one of King’s scariest stories with his own unique twist.
Although most people don’t hear someone telling them “I’m your number one fan” on a daily basis, it’s something celebrities have to go through quite often.
That’s why “Misery,” the story of a writer being kidnapped and tortured by his “number one fan,” seems less like a work of fiction and more like a cautionary tale.
Foxx, 53, who has a lengthy career spanning from music to film, has no shortage of fan encounters to draw inspiration from.
What’s The Twist?
Although King’s story is thankfully a work of fiction, Foxx is building his story off of a real-life interaction he had with a couple who won an evening with him at a charity auction.
“You know what an actor loves more than money? Compliments,” Foxx explained. “I was supposed to be there for 30 minutes. I ended up staying there for two hours — doing s–t from Ray. But then it got weird. So I built upon that.”
Although the “Django Unchained” actor says that he has already completed the story, the project is still in its early stages.
In the meantime, “Misery” fans can stream the 1990 original starring James Caan and Kathy Bates.
If that’s not enough, season 2 of Hulu’s “Castle Rock” explored the history of a young Annie Wilkes before the events of the film; however, the show did not receive a third season. Although the series received critical acclaim, “Castle Rock” covered so many of King’s stories that are covered in other ongoing projects that Hulu decided to end the series there.
What About Salem’s Lot?
“Salem’s Lot,” one of King’s favorite books, has seen many adoptions over the years. After the success of reboots such as “IT” and “Pet Sematary,” the tale of a vampire terrorizing an author’s small hometown fittingly fills the horror void Mike Flanagan left after Netflix’s 7-episode “Midnight Mass.”
It was recently announced that Tony Award nominee John Benjamin Hickey was cast in the role of Father Callahan, which was previously played by James Cromwell in the 2004 miniseries.
Fans can look forward to sinking their teeth into “Salem’s Lot” when it hits theaters on September 9, 2022.