Friday, November 11, 2011

Rose Madder Movie



Palomar Pictures has plans to film Stephen King's rose Madder.  Variety contributor Dave Mcnary writes, "Rose Madder," based on King's 1995 fantasy novel, has been adapted by Naomi Sheridan ("In America"). That story's based on a woman who's on the run from her abusive husband and is able to travel into a painting."  (full article HERE)

James Wallace at Firstshowing.net notes that somehow Rose Madder has gone quite a long time without mention of any screen treatment.  He writes,
"I'm not sure the book is ripe for the picking when it comes to big screen adaptations, which is likely why it's gone untouched for 16 years and is being brought to us by smaller production companies but I guess it's too early to judge and time will tell. Fun fact though: like many of King's stories, Rose Madder has connections to the author's other works, most significantly The Dark Tower series. The question is whether or not this adaptation is just as desired as that one."
Is he right?  Well, I don't know.  Rose Madder came out while I was in college, and far too busy reading stacks of books assigned to worry myself with Mr. Stephen King.  When I finally came back to King's work, I think I must have told myself, "Rose Madder?  What's that about?  Oh well, I'll wait for the movie."

King was an experimental period when Madder was written.  A heavy focus on female leads, as well as abuse highlighted this period.  Dolores Claiborne and Gerald's Game round out this period.  I think Claiborne is one of King's strongest works, and am very disappointed the movie wasn't better. 

2 comments:

  1. There seems to be an uptick in the King-to-film continuum that I haven't seen since the eighties. It's a good thing (I hope), but it makes me wonder what's behind it.

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  2. Money. I suspect that with so much stuff coming out, it creates momentum for even more stuff. Also, King is being seen as more "mainstream" with Under The Dome and the current novel.
    david

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