Netflix Keen To Play King’s “Gerald’s Game”

With both the critical and popular success of the deaf woman’s home invasion tale “Hush,” writer/director Mike Flanagin is re-teaming with Netflix on a new project – a film adaptation of Stephen King’s disturbing bondage gone wrong novel “Gerald’s Game”.

Set almost entirely in a single room in a remote cabin, a couple trying to spice up their sex life. She accidentally kills her husband while handcuffed to the bed, and, following the subsequent realization that she is trapped alone with little hope of rescue, begins to let the voices inside her head take over.

Talking with Rue Morgue, Flanagan says the fact the film is going straight to streaming and doesn’t have to go through all the testing and broad appeal targeting that a theatrical release does is much better for a project like this with its dark and often surreal material:

“Netflix, because of how well Hush has done, said, ‘We’re really interested in this, and we’d like to do it the way you want to do it.’ And that eliminated the pressure of having to test-screen the movie and define the demographic that’s going to watch it – all of that stuff that typically comes into the conversation when you’re trying to figure out how to market a film for a wide theatrical release.”

Flannigan first announced the project a couple of years ago. However, because of the difficulty that studios saw in making the film work they wanted to make changes to fit a more traditional structure. Having seen plenty of poor King adaptations, he had no desire to change things up.