“Film Will Be Bleak And Mean”

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan is set to film his latest Stephen King story Revival, and is claiming this latest project will be “relentlessly dark and cynical”.

The book is set in a small New England town, over half a century ago. When tragedy strikes the town, a charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

The novel spans five decades and has one the best conclusions King has ever written.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Kingcast, Flanagan said –

“What I love about it is it’s a return to cosmic horror, which I think is so fun.”

“It is relentlessly dark and cynical and I’m enjoying the hell out of that. I think a lot of King’s work is like this, too, there’s a safety in the sentimental kind of approach to a lot of those stories, and 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’?”

“One of the ones that I’ve seen come out in the past is like, ‘Oh, well the ending’s sentimental.’ Or, you know, ‘The ending’s syrupy, the ending gets emotional.’

“This one was a really fun piece of material for me because I get to be like, ‘Oh, you want a dark ending? Okay. Cool. Get Ready.'”

Flanagan’s work is solid and I’ve no reason to doubt this adaption will be worth checking out. We’ll post new information about Revival as soon as we find out.