Mike Flanagan’s Adaptation of Stephen King’s Revival is Dead Due To Budget Issues

Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Lump of coal in stocking for this one, but too bad that Mike Flanagan could not see his adaptation of the Stephen King novel Revival to completion.

Discussing his own time trying to adapt the book, Josh Boone mentioned that he had stars interested in being a part of the production, but while figuring out the logistics he discovered that the project would require too big a budget to be made properly in modern Hollywood. As it turns out, this was the exact same issue that Mike Flanagan discovered during his own behind-the-scenes journey with the material.

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The article doesn’t say, but I’m kind of curious how much Flanagan needed total if the budget he asked for required “$25 million more” … was it going to cost more than $100 million? That probably is too much unless the word “It” is in the title. Also, it’s stupid, anyway (see: $100+ Million Movie Budgets Are Stupid).

Filmmakers, listen up: if you can’t make your movies on a lower budget, especially in these times, maybe it’s time to rethink what viewers are most concerned about: not flashy CGI, exotic locations, de-aging tech and blowing up a zillion things.

(OK, maybe for a tentpole action film, maybe)

Instead, focus on the story, characters, heck, you don’t even need a lot of flashy sets if the story is great.

Speaking of King’s It, I’ve read rumors that King might be at least toying with the idea of an It sequel? I read lots of rumors and most of them don’t come true, so wouldn’t put much stock into this unless we hear it from an official source or perhaps King himself.

The bright side is there are a ton of King’s adaptations available to watch and more coming. Maybe someday Revival will be made. — perhaps on a reasonable budget too. $25 million more seems like a silly request to me in these times, despite how much I like and respect Mike Flanagan’s work.

Doctor Sleep receiving new fans and love thanks to release on HBO Max

Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½  – The Director’s Cut

Some at the time were saying this movie “bombed” in theaters, but it didn’t deserve that type of label. It came out just before Halloween 2019 for early access viewing in theaters and the following week for the rest of the United States.

My #2 favorite movie in 2019 and for good reason: it’s an excellent film that managed to do the impossible. If you want to hear why I think this, read my review or follow my critique here: 32+ Doctor Sleep Reviews – Stephen King’s Views Softened On Kubrick’s Adaptation of The Shining

Anyway, I’m excited to see the film is now receiving a new wave of interest and appreciation on social media thanks to its release last weekend on HBO Max.

I wasted no time buying the director’s cut on Vudu when it went on sale (see: Doctor Sleep Director’s Cut adds 30 minutes). $9.99 was an awesome deal.

Great news for those with HBO Max you can see this same version I purchased as part of your HBO Max subscription!

Warner Bros. really got behind director Mike Flanagan in making the best director’s cut he could make.

“I’m really excited that WB let me create this cut, much less release it,” Flanagan shared in some comments to Collider. “They really supported it – to the point that they made sure all of the new material with VFX was fully finished, additional score was composed and orchestrated just for this cut, and we did a full mix as well. They really let us do this right – it’s a finished, complete, fully polished new cut of the movie. Nothing in it is temp.”

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My #1 favorite movie of 2019 was the Oscar-award winning 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½, which technically I saw in January 2020, but was released in December 2019, hence counting it as a 2019 release. So, if we say of new movies actually seen in 2019, Doctor Sleep was my favorite. I added another half-star to the rating after seeing the awesome director’s cut version mentioned in this post.

Also, caught Doctor Sleep a week before it was released in theaters thanks to an early release offer from Fandango (see: EARLY ACCESS REVIEW: Doctor Sleep (no spoilers!) Yes, It’s Better than Joker!). I sure hope they do more of those early releases open to anybody that buys a ticket, not just media and film critics.

What’s your favorite director’s cut movie? Perhaps it’s something we haven’t seen. Or if you want to comment on your feelings of what you thought of Doctor Sleep, let us know below.