Everybody knows Stephen King books make great, terrifying movies. And then there’s Gerald’s Game — a bounty of a book so rich with detail and incident it has has teased filmmakers for decades. (“After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games…”) How to do it? This is no Cujo. But the innovative, risk-taking Netflix is no typical Hollywood studio. That’s why Gerald’s Game and Netflix seem like a perfect match — Netflix doesn’t have a formula, and Gerald’s Game won’t conform to one.
Director Mike Flanagan (Oculus) has long wanted to do Gerald’s Game and his recent success with Hush may have just bought him the greenlight to do it. Flanagan told Rue Morgue mag that Netflix said this: ‘We’re really interested in [Gerald’s Game], and we’d like to do it the way you want to do it.’ Hush, which premiered on Netflix in April, has been a big hit on the streaming service.