Mike Flanagan has been on a roll with Stephen King adaptations in recent years, knocking first Gerald’s Game then Doctor Sleep out of the park. So when we heard he was set to write, produce, and potentially direct a film adaptation of King’s 2014 novel Revival for Warner Bros., we were all for it. Alas, that project looks to be dead in the water.
“Sadly, it’s not [happening],” Flanagan revealed recently after a fan asked if there was any connection between Flanagan’s upcoming series Midnight Mass and a potential Revival adaptation. “That project [Revival] won’t be moving forward unfortunately. While Revival and Midnight Mass both involve priests, Midnight Mass was conceived several years before Revival was published, and similarities stop at the white collar. Really wish I could’ve done them both!”
Revival centres around the relationship between Jamie Morton, a heroin-addicted musician, and Charles Jacobs, a former minister turned faith healer with a strange fascination: electricity. Jacobs has spent years using electricity to miraculously cure people of their ailments—but when he attempts to harness it to communicate with his late wife and child, he unwittingly taps into a Lovecraftian horror.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)