It looks like Stephen King's 1998 novel Bag of Bones is no longer going to be made into a feature film. Sock Till You Drop reports that the story will instead be adapted into a TV mini-series by Mick Garris. Garris is the same director that brought three other Stephen King stories to the small screen, The Shining, The Stand and Desperation.
I'm always up for a good Stephen King story to be adapted into a movie, but when they are being made for TV there is more of a chance that it's going to suck. The Stand was good and so was IT, but most of the other ones we're pretty weak. The one benefit of going to the TV route is more of the full story can be told, but the quality of the production takes a hit because of it.
Garris told STYD the following:
We're finalizing our deal, and will hopefully be shooting late-spring, early-summer.
There is no word yet on what channel the TV mini-series will air on, but it should be announced shortly. I hope this ends up being a really good mini-series! This is a great story!
Here is a description of the story:
Bag of Bones, is a story of grief and a lost love's enduring bonds, of a new love haunted by the secrets of the past, of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.
Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving even four years after the sudden death of his wife, Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his word processor.
Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, Mike finally returns to Sara Laughs, the Noonans' isolated summer home.
He finds his beloved Yankee town familiar on its surface, but much changed underneath -- held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, who twists the very fabric of the community to his purpose: to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother. As Mike is drawn into their struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want of Mike Noonan?