Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. Stephen King's The Dark Half is not one of his best novels, and it's certainly not one of George Romero's more well-regarded films, but personally, I'm a huge fan, and it seems MGM is bringing us another adaptation of the story, or another half, you could say...
...According to Variety, MGM has brought on the director of Her Smell, Alex Ross Perry, to helm the latest King adaptation.
Written/directed by the late, great George Romero, The Dark Half released in 1993 and starred Timothy Hutton as an author named Thad Beaumont who has made a career writing under the pseudonym, George Stark. Having written dark, violent crime stories under the Stark name for years, Thad has grown tired of the way he "gets" whenever he writes as Stark, and decides to host a publicity stunt meant to kill off and bury Stark for good. But Stark is more than just a pseudonym. He's a manifestation, conjured up by Thad's attempt to get rid of him, and he's out for vengeance.
The Dark Half didn't do well when it released, (grossing just ten million on a fifteen million budget), but holy shit do I love this movie. Gritty, violent, and surprisingly fun, Hutton absolutely kills it as the villainous Stark, with an inspired, gleefully evil performance.
King is going through a huge revival right now, so it only makes sense that The Dark Half is the latest to get picked up. We'll keep you updated as we learn more, but for now, check out the trailer for the original film below.
By Matt Konopka