For those not familiar, Revival is one of King’s darker works (and that’s saying something). It tells the story of Charles Jacobs, a small-town, much-admired preacher who loses his faith after his wife and child are killed in a car crash. He begins to experiment with the supernatural, using electrical current as a form of shock healing. Jacobs then meets up with Jamie Morton, a troubled man who first met Jacobs as a preacher. Jamie is now a heroin addict, and desperate for help. Taking full advantage of this, Jacobs forms a bond with Jamie, and the pair enter into a dark and dangerous pact.
Boone told Creative Screenwriting that he is still very much involved with the remake of The Stand, but pointed out that it’s a much bigger, and more expensive, movie to make given its vast storyline – whereas Revival is a much more manageable affair. Boone also mentions that he is adapting a Clive Barker book, The Great and Secret Show, for TV, with Owen King, Stephen King’s son.
All these adaptations are great news for fans of King’s work, since his vast collection of writing is more than deserving of being retold on screens big and small. Revival certainly sounds intriguing, and presumably Crowe will take on the role of the preacher. It could well be a good vehicle for him, and Crowe’s involvement might also give way to a star-filled cast list. However, after The Dark Tower, a decent, in-depth movie version of The Stand is what King’s fans are really after, so let’s hope it’s not too distant on the horizon.
Release dates for Revival and The Stand are still unknown but we will keep you informed on the progress of these movies.