Stephen King clarifies his controversial Oscars diversity remarks

This year’s Oscars nominations caused a stir for several reasons, but the biggest was the lack of representation. Overall, this year’s Academy Awards seem dominated by white male nominees — not to mention for movies about white men. Everyone from Issa Rae to Saturday Night Live called out the imbalance. Meanwhile, Stephen King got busy tweeting some award-season remarks about diversity… and now he’s ready clarify what he meant. The whole ordeal started on January 14th when King explained how he’s allowed to nominate in three Academy Awards categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. “For me, the diversity issue — as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway — did not come up,” he said in a series of tweets. “That said, I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” He then added that representation has to start from the beginning by giving everyone “the same fair shot, regardless of sex, color, or orientation.” Long story short, King’s stance on diversity in the arts could be summed up by his Twitter thread’s concluding statement: “You can’t win awards if you’re shut out […]

Amazon Studios cancels The Dark Tower series

Amazon Studios has officially passed on The Dark Tower pilot. The studio was in the process of transforming Stephen King’s book series into a TV show. Allegedly they canceled the pilot after challenges with translating the material, reports Deadline. According to sources, Amazon is shopping two original scripts and picked up the pilot on that basis. Well aware of the infamous struggle to adapt The Dark Tower, Amazon declined doing a straight-to-series production to instead opt for a pilot. In the end, Amazon executives “felt like the pilot was not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series the streamer has in production/pre-production like Wheel of Time and The Lord of the Rings,” notes Deadline. Showrunner and executive producer Glen Mazzara hoped to retell the book series in a faithful way, separating the TV series from the 2017 film entirely — in part because the movie was a flop. Last June, Michael Rooker was seen filming on set for the TV series. Sam Strike was supposedly Roland Deschain, Jasper Pääkkönen was The Man in Black, Jerome Flynn was Steven Deschain, Joana Ribeiro was Susan Delgado, and Ana Padrão was Cordelia Delgado, though the cast was never formally announced. (Read: 50 Most […]

Stephen King announces new novellas collection If It Bleeds

Stephen King never stops. It’s been teased for months now, but the Master of Horror has confirmed the release of If It Bleeds. The book collects four different novellas — similar to Different Seasons or Four Past Midnight — and lands on shelves May 5, 2020. Details are sparse, though it’s been confirmed that fan favorite character Holly Gibney of the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider will return. Currently, there’s an Amazon listing and a book cover befitting of our current season, all of which you can see below. From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places.” “The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including “The Body” (Stand By Me) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted […]