Mike Flanagan Says His Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Revival’ Will Be “Bleak and Mean”

Back in May we brought word, that Bloody Disgusting reported that Mike Flanagan is on board to write, produce and potentially direct an adaptation of Stephen King‘s Revival for Warner Bros., and he promises the film won’t have the sentimentality of his previous King adaptations Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep. While speaking with The Kingcast this week, Flanagan teased a downright “bleak and mean” movie.

What I love about it is it’s a return to cosmic horror, which I think is so fun,” Flanagan told the podcast. “It is relentlessly dark and cynical and I’m enjoying the hell out of that. This is just bleak and mean and I like it for that. I haven’t gotten to end a movie that way since Absentia, maybe? Maybe Ouija?



Mike also told the outlet while laughing I will be very curious to see if they let me make it,” He also noted that the first draft of the script is complete, and that Stephen King “loves it.”


The novel focused on the relationship between a heroin-addicted musician and a dubious faith healer with a hidden agenda. The minister is obsessed with trying to find a way to communicate with his departed wife and child but ends up connecting to a Lovecraftian horror.”

Revival was published by Scribner in November 2014.


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