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Mike Flanagan Says His Script For Stephen King’s Revival Is ‘Dark and Cynical’

July 4, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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It was reported back in May that director Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Doctor Sleep) was set to write the script for his third Stephen King adaptation, Revival. In an interview with The Kingcast (via Joblo), Flanagan spoke about the dark, bleak tone of his adaptation. He is currently only writing the script but has an option to direct if he chooses.

He 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. 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? 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.’ I will be very curious to see if they let me make it.

He added that King has already seen the script and “loves it.”