‘Oculus’ Helmer to Direct Stephen King Adaptation

Mike Flanagan Gerald's Game

Mike Flanagan, the director of Oculus and Somnia, is to direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game. Deadline reports that Flanagan also wrote the screenplay with his writing partner Jeff Howard.

Gerald’s Game tells the story of what begins as a harmless contest between a married couple in a remote retreat. The contest escalates to become a harrowing fight for survival, with wife Jessie forced to confront long-buried demons within her own mind — and those possibly lurking in the shadows of her seemingly empty house. Sounds creepy enough.

Flanagan’s next film was originally intended to be Diver, a psychological thriller that told of a police officer who enrols in a secret program that allows him to enter the minds of recently deceased murder victims in order to experience their final moments before dying. That film has been moved back to 2015.

Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy (Doomsday, The Strangers, Safe House, Oculus, Somnia) are aiming to start production on Gerald’s Game this fall (U.S. season) and will be selling the film at Cannes.