Mike Flanagan has already helmed two Stephen King adaptations – Doctor Sleep and Gerald’s Game – and he’s on board for another. The director has been hired to adapt King’s 2014 novel Revival into a film at Warner Bros.
Flanagan isn’t actually on board to direct yet. He and producer Trevor Macy will produce, and Flanagan has the option to direct if he wishes. However, he may not have the time.
He’s currently working on his Haunting Of Hill House follow-up The Haunting Of Bly Manor, an original series titled Midnight Mass, and just last week it was announced that he’s signed on for a series adaptation of Christopher Pike‘s YA horror novel The Midnight Club. Flanagan is quickly becoming a major name in horror, so it’s no surprise his schedule is getting rather hectic.
So it’s unclear right now whether Flanagan will continue with his King adaptations, but he’ll be involved in some capacity at least.Revival revolves around a drug addict who reconnects with a former mentor, a minister who left the local church after suffering a terrible tragedy.
The minister becomes a faith healer, obsessed with electrical experiments, and, in typical King fashion, things spiral wildly out of control from there. The book is known as one of the darkest King has ever written, which is pretty noteworthy considering this is Stephen King we’re talking about.
Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep was released to solid reviews but didn’t do much at the box office, making Flanagan’s sequel plans obsolete. But he’s developed into a horror favourite thanks to his Netflix work and films such as Oculus and Ouija: Origin Of Evil.
King adaptations remain all the rage after 2017’s IT became the highest grossing horror movie of all time. It’s hard to keep up with how many have been developed since then. While not all have been/will be successful, getting Flanagan involved should lead to at least a baseline of success considering his track record.