Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood will star in the Netflix feature adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel GERALD’S GAME. Ouija: Origin of Evil writer-director Mike Flanagan will direct from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard. The actors join Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, and Chiara Aurelia in the horror film.
The story centers on a woman who accidentally kills her husband while handcuffed to a bed as part of a bondage game and must fight her inner demons. Gugino will play the woman, Jessie, in a role that previously saw Emily Mortimer attached to star. Trevor Macy is producing through Intrepid Pictures with Scott Lumpkin.
The film marks the latest adaptation of King’s work, following It: Part One from director Andrew Muschietti and The Dark Tower, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, recently wrapped. Sony, which is releasing The Dark Tower, is also developing a television series that is expected to complement the film. Other popular King titles that are currently in the active development phase include The Stand, The Jaunt, Revival, In the Tall Grass, and, of course, It: Part Two. In his career, King has seen over 40 novels, novellas, and short stories adapted into feature films, including The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, Misery, and The Green Mile.
Gugino, who appeared in last year’s summer blockbuster San Andreas, is currently attached to star in the sequel that is currently in development. She is in pre-production with Ed Burns latest drama The Shell Sisters and will next be seen on the big screen in the STX sci-fi pic The Space Between Us.
Greenwood recently appeared in the Russell Crowe drama Fathers and Daughters and the hit Ryan Murphy drama American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson as Los Angeles DA Gil Garcetti. He will be seen next in the Matthew McConaughey drama Gold from TWC and the Universal action-thriller Spectral.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor