Netflix will air a film version of the Stephen King novel 'Gerald's Game'. The film will be directed by Mike Flanagan, whose home-invasion thriller 'Hush' proved a big hit on the streaming service.
The story concerns a woman slowly going mad after she accidentally kills her husband during a sex game gone wrong. She's left handcuffed to the headboard, with only the voices in her head for company.
According to Flanagan, the success of 'Hush' was instrumental in convincing Netflix to make 'Gerald's Game'.
"All of Netflix's numbers are proprietary, so I don't get to look at them, but the way I've heard people talking, it's been viewed an amazing number of times, and the reception has been very, very positive," he told Rue Morgue.
"Coincidentally, Stephen King watched 'Hush' at home on Netflix and tweeted about it, which kind of blew my mind. And that got us talking about 'Gerald's Game' again."
He added that Netflix agreed to let him make the film how he wanted, instead of imposing a much more conventional structure as some studios would have. "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," he said. "It just cleared the table, so that I can make the movie I want to make."
Source: Rue Morgue