Mike Flanagan, who recently directed the hit home invasion thriller Hush and who is now directing an adaptation of Stephen King's 1992 novel Gerald's Game for Netflix, recently sat down with Mangled Matters to discuss his in-progress work. He opens up about why the sex-driven Gerald's Game was harder to film than any movie he has ever done, discusses the role Stephen King himself played in the production, and gives an update on the film's release date.
The fact that Gerald's Game has been around for 25 years without anyone making a movie out of it is not due to its quality as a story; it is arguably one of the more innovative and distinct books King has ever written. It is instead because of its strange content. Gerald's Game is kicked off by a sex roleplay and quickly evolves into a thriller. Three quarters of the book is spent focused on one naked woman who is trapped in a bedroom, bound to the bedpost with handcuffs she cannot open. The narrative of Gerald's Game contains a ton of internal dialogue and even more nudity (the latter is not meant to attract the audience's attention, but it is still omnipresent).
Most filmmakers would take one look at the synopsis of Gerald's Game and say "no way," so how did Flanagan manage to pull the adaptation off?