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(Film School Rejects)   Three stories in Stephen King's early '80s novella collection "Different Seasons" spawned the movies Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, and Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil. Now winter is coming   (filmschoolrejects.com ) divider line
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2012-10-16 11:42:35 PM  
I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.
 
2012-10-16 11:43:19 PM  

Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.


Oh, almost forgot -- that was also the only story in the collection that had anything supernatural in it.
 
2012-10-16 11:45:47 PM  

Sensei Can You See: Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.

Oh, almost forgot -- that was also the only story in the collection that had anything supernatural in it.


Yeah, it's also the weakest and most forgettable of the four. The other ones are all absolutely memorable, but I don't even remember what the fourth is about, and keep in mind that I haven't actually seen any of the movies.
 
2012-10-16 11:48:34 PM  

Rincewind53: Sensei Can You See: Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.

Oh, almost forgot -- that was also the only story in the collection that had anything supernatural in it.

Yeah, it's also the weakest and most forgettable of the four. The other ones are all absolutely memorable, but I don't even remember what the fourth is about, and keep in mind that I haven't actually seen any of the movies.


Stephen King is at his best when he writes his short stories/novellas and the movies made from them are generally good. I'll probably be watching this when it comes out.
 
2012-10-16 11:48:41 PM  

Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.


Running Man was a Bachman book; King wouldn't have published under his own name then.
 
2012-10-16 11:53:19 PM  

ArkAngel:

Stephen King is at his best when he writes his short stories/novellas and the movies made from them are generally good. I'll probably be watching this when it comes out.


Oh, totally agreed. The man is a genius at characters, and that comes out much more strongly in his short work.
 
2012-10-17 12:04:56 AM  

Rincewind53: Sensei Can You See: Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.

Oh, almost forgot -- that was also the only story in the collection that had anything supernatural in it.

Yeah, it's also the weakest and most forgettable of the four. The other ones are all absolutely memorable, but I don't even remember what the fourth is about, and keep in mind that I haven't actually seen any of the movies.



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It's the one about the unwed mom in the early (40s?) whose doctor was one of the first in the country to teach the Lamaze method.

At the end of the story she goes into labor; he goes to meet her at the front door of the hospital but her cab is in an accident and she gets decapitated. But her headless body keeps breathing properly until the baby is delivered.

Creepy, interesting story but I'm not sure how they'll make a whole movie out of it without adding an awful lot of stuff he didn't actually write.
 
2012-10-17 12:06:36 AM  

Sensei Can You See: Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.

Oh, almost forgot -- that was also the only story in the collection that had anything supernatural in it.


There were a few other stories in other collections set in the same club or whatever it was that the narrator of The Breathing Method was in. Perhaps the film will be like a "Creepshow" type of film of shorts with that club as the main setting, and the Breathing Method as the main story.

Because otherwise there really isn't much meat in that story alone for a whole movie. Though they could always pull a Running Man and make a movie that only vaguely resembles the original story.
 
2012-10-17 12:49:47 AM  
Stephen King is a master of the short story and always has been. His novels, mostly forgettable, have been what allowed him to do that. Those who disagree are ignorant at best, trolls at worst, and either way entirely worth ignoring.
 
2012-10-17 01:07:01 AM  

mamoru: Sensei Can You See: Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.

Oh, almost forgot -- that was also the only story in the collection that had anything supernatural in it.

There were a few other stories in other collections set in the same club or whatever it was that the narrator of The Breathing Method was in. Perhaps the film will be like a "Creepshow" type of film of shorts with that club as the main setting, and the Breathing Method as the main story.

Because otherwise there really isn't much meat in that story alone for a whole movie. Though they could always pull a Running Man and make a movie that only vaguely resembles the original story.


That's the angle I was thinking. Make it a collection of stories, including that one, all intertwined with the old men in the club. With good writing you could make a good Creepshow or Trick R Treat out of that. If you made an entire movie out of the pregnant woman's story, bleh.
 
2012-10-17 01:09:44 AM  
And I had forgotten how those stories were supposed to vaguely parallel the seasons, or something. Eh, pushing it but whatever, good enough for me.
 
2012-10-17 01:16:01 AM  
And Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil left me fuming how they changed the ending. Sure I know, late '90s Columbine sensibility, but people slag King all the time for writing lousy endings, and the one time he got one perfectly right they change it for the movie.

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It was five hours later and almost dark before they took him down.
 
2012-10-17 01:20:15 AM  

Confabulat: And Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil left me fuming how they changed the ending. Sure I know, late '90s Columbine sensibility, but people slag King all the time for writing lousy endings, and the one time he got one perfectly right they change it for the movie.

(spoiler alert if you don't know, weirdo)
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It was five hours later and almost dark before they took him down.


And people say he can't write endings.
 
2012-10-17 01:21:42 AM  

Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.


Lawnmower Man was only like 3 pages long.
 
2012-10-17 01:31:01 AM  

Sensei Can You See: Creepy, interesting story but I'm not sure how they'll make a whole movie out of it without adding an awful lot of stuff he didn't actually write.


Seriously? When has that ever stopped Hollywood?
 
2012-10-17 01:35:16 AM  
Wake me up when they do either Dolan's Cadillac or The Rage.
 
2012-10-17 01:35:51 AM  

Fano: Confabulat: And Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil left me fuming how they changed the ending. Sure I know, late '90s Columbine sensibility, but people slag King all the time for writing lousy endings, and the one time he got one perfectly right they change it for the movie.

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It was five hours later and almost dark before they took him down.

And people say he can't write endings.


The also mentioned Running man had a great ending too.

and it rained fire twenty blocks away
 
2012-10-17 01:38:03 AM  

Saiga410: Wake me up when they do either Dolan's Cadillac or The Rage.


Dolan's Cadillac was made a few years ago, and was terrible.
 
2012-10-17 01:40:58 AM  

res_nihil: Saiga410: Wake me up when they do either Dolan's Cadillac or The Rage.

Dolan's Cadillac was made a few years ago, and was terrible.


Awww jebus fark.... Slater in straight to DVD.... NOOOOOOOO
 
2012-10-17 01:46:54 AM  

Farker Soze: The also mentioned Running man had a great ending too.

and it rained fire twenty blocks away


Yeah we won't be seeing that ending filmed anytime soon. The next generation might seize on it though.
 
2012-10-17 01:48:43 AM  

Saiga410: Wake me up when they do either Dolan's Cadillac or The Rage.


Wake me up when Frank Darabont finally gets around to doing The Long Walk.

Might be a terrible one to make but I'd watch it.
 
2012-10-17 01:49:18 AM  
A Depression-era chick flick that exists solely for the surprise ending?

Pass.

3 out of 4 ain't bad, though.
 
2012-10-17 01:59:50 AM  
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2012-10-17 02:12:45 AM  
I'm not sure if I dreamt it, was tripping balls or it was an actual story, but did he write a story about a guy who opens up a package in his office and tiny live army men jumped out and started farking him up? Or something along those lines?
 
2012-10-17 02:21:01 AM  

Badafuco: I'm not sure if I dreamt it, was tripping balls or it was an actual story, but did he write a story about a guy who opens up a package in his office and tiny live army men jumped out and started farking him up? Or something along those lines?


Sounds like you're thinking of "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathon Swift. And it was an island, not a package.
 
2012-10-17 02:28:15 AM  

Badafuco: I'm not sure if I dreamt it, was tripping balls or it was an actual story, but did he write a story about a guy who opens up a package in his office and tiny live army men jumped out and started farking him up? Or something along those lines?


Yeah, think someone sent it as revenge for something, can't remember why. Think there was a helicopter and mini bazookas and the like. Reminded me of Small Soldiers (I'm sure the story is older, just read it after I saw the movie.)
 
2012-10-17 02:32:06 AM  

Confabulat: mamoru: Sensei Can You See: Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.

Oh, almost forgot -- that was also the only story in the collection that had anything supernatural in it.

There were a few other stories in other collections set in the same club or whatever it was that the narrator of The Breathing Method was in. Perhaps the film will be like a "Creepshow" type of film of shorts with that club as the main setting, and the Breathing Method as the main story.

Because otherwise there really isn't much meat in that story alone for a whole movie. Though they could always pull a Running Man and make a movie that only vaguely resembles the original story.

That's the angle I was thinking. Make it a collection of stories, including that one, all intertwined with the old men in the club. With good writing you could make a good Creepshow or Trick R Treat out of that. If you made an entire movie out of the pregnant woman's story, bleh.


Or take the "old men in the club telling stories angle" and simply do a decent version of Peter Straub's "Ghost Story."
 
2012-10-17 02:37:44 AM  
...where are we RIGHT THIS SECOND?
 
2012-10-17 02:38:51 AM  
Gerald's Game. A woman handcuffed to her bed during sex games only to have hubby die next to the bed. All u would need is a bedroom two actors and a dog.
 
2012-10-17 02:51:00 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Gerald's Game. A woman handcuffed to her bed during sex games only to have hubby die next to the bed. All u would need is a bedroom two actors and a dog.


And a man with Freddie Kruger-length arms.
 
2012-10-17 03:09:11 AM  

Badafuco: I'm not sure if I dreamt it, was tripping balls or it was an actual story, but did he write a story about a guy who opens up a package in his office and tiny live army men jumped out and started farking him up? Or something along those lines?


"Battleground" from the 1978 collection Night Shift.
 
2012-10-17 03:09:51 AM  

nobiology2424: Badafuco: I'm not sure if I dreamt it, was tripping balls or it was an actual story, but did he write a story about a guy who opens up a package in his office and tiny live army men jumped out and started farking him up? Or something along those lines?

Yeah, think someone sent it as revenge for something, can't remember why. Think there was a helicopter and mini bazookas and the like. Reminded me of Small Soldiers (I'm sure the story is older, just read it after I saw the movie.)


"Battleground" from Night Shift. It was filmed by Brian Henson for the Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series a few years ago.
 
2012-10-17 03:17:16 AM  
That's the one! Nightshift. Cool, thanks! Gonna go get that from the library tomorrow

BATMANATEE: nobiology2424: Badafuco: I'm not sure if I dreamt it, was tripping balls or it was an actual story, but did he write a story about a guy who opens up a package in his office and tiny live army men jumped out and started farking him up? Or something along those lines?

Yeah, think someone sent it as revenge for something, can't remember why. Think there was a helicopter and mini bazookas and the like. Reminded me of Small Soldiers (I'm sure the story is older, just read it after I saw the movie.)

"Battleground" from Night Shift. It was filmed by Brian Henson for the Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series a few years ago.

 
2012-10-17 03:19:35 AM  
Preview is awesome
 
2012-10-17 03:20:04 AM  

BATMANATEE: nobiology2424: Badafuco: I'm not sure if I dreamt it, was tripping balls or it was an actual story, but did he write a story about a guy who opens up a package in his office and tiny live army men jumped out and started farking him up? Or something along those lines?

Yeah, think someone sent it as revenge for something, can't remember why. Think there was a helicopter and mini bazookas and the like. Reminded me of Small Soldiers (I'm sure the story is older, just read it after I saw the movie.)

"Battleground" from Night Shift. It was filmed by Brian Henson for the Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series a few years ago.


There's also a really farking weird 1980s era animated version, that was made in the Soviet Union.

YouTube link. Not a Rick Roll
 
2012-10-17 03:36:32 AM  
We can haz the Long Walk nao? I mean, it rocked and seems close to the whole Hunger Games thing.
 
2012-10-17 03:58:12 AM  

Stoj: Saiga410: Wake me up when they do either Dolan's Cadillac or The Rage.

Wake me up when Frank Darabont finally gets around to doing The Long Walk.

Might be a terrible one to make but I'd watch it.


Peter Jackson already did it.

/all across New Zealand.
 
2012-10-17 04:33:45 AM  
The Mist, only with this time with the same ending as the book. And Cujo for the same reason, because sometimes a main character dies which Steve is quite happy to do to us.
 
2012-10-17 05:16:42 AM  

Stoj: Saiga410: Wake me up when they do either Dolan's Cadillac or The Rage.

Wake me up when Frank Darabont finally gets around to doing The Long Walk.

Might be a terrible one to make but I'd watch it.


I know! I can't believe they didn't jump on making that to ride the Hunger Game's "it's suddenly ok for American audiences to see kids die" wave.
 
2012-10-17 05:20:03 AM  

Bob Down: The Mist, only with this time with the same ending as the book. And Cujo for the same reason, because sometimes a main character dies which Steve is quite happy to do to us.


Cujo? Maybe. The Mist? Hell no! That movie had one of the most bleak, depressing, unforgettable endings of any of his movies. Even King says he likes the ending of the movie better than his book's.
 
2012-10-17 05:50:30 AM  

Stoj: Saiga410: Wake me up when they do either Dolan's Cadillac or The Rage.

Wake me up when Frank Darabont finally gets around to doing The Long Walk.

Might be a terrible one to make but I'd watch it.


Came to say the same thing word for word
 
2012-10-17 05:58:54 AM  

MagSeven: Bob Down: The Mist, only with this time with the same ending as the book. And Cujo for the same reason, because sometimes a main character dies which Steve is quite happy to do to us.

Cujo? Maybe. The Mist? Hell no! That movie had one of the most bleak, depressing, unforgettable endings of any of his movies. Even King says he likes the ending of the movie better than his book's.


King has said he wished he thought of it first, and I can see why. That ending fits in perfectly with his "Night Shift" type endings he was so good at back in the day. His ending of The Mist was mostly like the first episode of The Walking Dead. Darabont's was The End.
 
2012-10-17 06:52:56 AM  

Sensei Can You See: Rincewind53: Sensei Can You See: Sensei Can You See: I thought "Running Man" was in the same collection.

"Breathing Method" was awfully short -- much shorter than the other novellas. Not sure how they're going to stretch that into a whole movie.

Oh, almost forgot -- that was also the only story in the collection that had anything supernatural in it.

Yeah, it's also the weakest and most forgettable of the four. The other ones are all absolutely memorable, but I don't even remember what the fourth is about, and keep in mind that I haven't actually seen any of the movies.


Spoiler alert:
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It's the one about the unwed mom in the early (40s?) whose doctor was one of the first in the country to teach the Lamaze method.

At the end of the story she goes into labor; he goes to meet her at the front door of the hospital but her cab is in an accident and she gets decapitated. But her headless body keeps breathing properly until the baby is delivered.

Creepy, interesting story but I'm not sure how they'll make a whole movie out of it without adding an awful lot of stuff he didn't actually write.


Only thing I can think of is expanding on the story around the story (wasn't it the one with the old guys in this club that tell stories over the holidays or somesuch?).
 
2012-10-17 07:02:12 AM  
Where's The Long Walk?


/my favorite King shirt story.
 
2012-10-17 07:09:04 AM  
Why have they not made 'The Jaunt' into at least a short film yet?
 
2012-10-17 08:10:05 AM  

moike: Why have they not made 'The Jaunt' into at least a short film yet?


The movie would be longer then you think.
 
2012-10-17 08:16:34 AM  

moike: Why have they not made 'The Jaunt' into at least a short film yet?


You mean "The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester?
 
2012-10-17 08:34:38 AM  
Battleground as statd above was in night shift.

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A hit man kills the owner of a toy company ("off-screen" so to speak) and the victem's mother is the one that sends the "foot locker" of live army men to the hit man out of revenge. The final bonus item in the set is a scale sized thermo-nuclear bomb.
 
2012-10-17 09:38:24 AM  
Fano

>>> It was five hours later and almost dark before they took him down.

And people say he can't write endings.

The exception that proves the rule.

Don't forget his ruining the dark tower by ending Book 5 with a ruby slipper wearing cowboy standing by C3p0, while fighting Dr.Doom who was carrying light sabers and throwing Harry Potter Sneetche(sp) grenades.

Not to mention Killing the DT in its entirety by ending Book 7 with an ending stolen from "Duck Amuck"
www.upl.co
 
2012-10-17 09:39:04 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Stephen King is a master of the short story and always has been. His novels, mostly forgettable, have been what allowed him to do that. Those who disagree are ignorant at best, trolls at worst, and either way entirely worth ignoring.


Some of his early novels were pretty good. But then at some point his editor stopped working.
 
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