GARRIS TALKS ABOUT THE BULLET
Mick Garris is officially three weeks away from journeying out of the comfort of his Los Angeles home and into chilly Vancouver for his next Stephen King adaptation after six years of dabbling in genre television drama like the ambitious, yet short-lived, The Others. His last King outing, The Shining, finally saw DVD release at the beginning of this year. 2003 now finds Garris in pre-production on Riding the Bullet, a Stephen King short story first 'published' on the web and which subsequently joined a hoard of other strong King tales in Everything's Eventual.
Joining Riding the Bullet are stars David Arquette (the Scream trilogy), Jonathan Jackson (not Joshua Dawson's Creek Jackson), Erika Christiansen (the best part of Swimfan), and Charles Durning. Garris hoped his film would garner another familiar Hollywood starlet, however, schedules couldn't line up. 'Although it's been reported that Barbara Hershey might be playing Jean, that's not going to work out,' Garris reveals to the Corner. 'She won't be back from India in time.'
Hershey would have played the lead character's mother who winds up in the hospital prompting her son, Alan (to be played by Jackson), to hitchhike from college to visit her; along the way, this young traveler is picked up by a mysterious stranger (Arquette) who offers Alan a choice one would only find in a Stephen King book.
Without delving into spoiler territory, it's safe to say visual effects of the practical and computer-generated nature are going to help the translation from print to screen. 'KNB EFX is doing the make-up, they've been friends for a long time but this is our first time working together. I love those guys. CBS Digital in L.A. and Northwest Digital in Vancouver will be doing visual effects.'
Look for more updates hear as Garris nears production. We'll find out who'll be filling Barbara Hershey's shoes quite soon.
Courtesy of Creature Corner