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'In America' Writer Naomi Sheridan Pens Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Rose Madder'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 8, 2011 4:16 PM
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With a ton of movie projects already in development based on his books -- "The Dark Tower," "The Stand," reboots of "Carrie," "Pet Sematary" and "Firestarter" - and in addition to "Bag Of Bones" headed to the small screen this fall, there is no shortage of Stephen King films/shows for his fans. But yet another is on the way, although this one has an intriguing name attached.

Jim Sheridan's daughter Naomi Sheridan, the Oscar nominated co-writer of "In America," has penned an adaptation of King's "Rose Madder." The 1995 novel is perhaps not his best known work, but as with most King books, it's readymade for the big screen. The story follows Rose Daniels, who after 14 years of abuse, leaves her police officer husband. Of course, being a cop, he continues to track her down, unable to let her go, while Rose becomes obsessed with an eerie painting she buys in a pawn shop and strange things star to happen. Here's a synopsis from Amazon:

"Relentlessly paced and brilliantly orchestrated, this cat-and-mouse game of a novel is one of King's most engrossing and topical horror stories. At the center of the action is heroine Rose McClendon, a battered wife who starts life anew by leaving her police officer husband, a consummately cruel man depicted by King as a paragon of evil. Crowded with character and incident, the novel builds to a nearly apocalyptic conclusion that combines the best of King's long novels -- the breadth of vision of The Stand, for example -- with the focused plot and careful psychological portraiture of Dolores Claiborne. The story of Rose's joyous growth from tortured wife (her persecution gruesomely but realistically portrayed) to independent woman alternates with the terrifying details of her husband's deliberate pursuit to create unflagging tension. The book is a phantasmagorical roller-coaster ride, peopled by a broad array of indelibly characterized men and women and fueled by an air of danger that is immediate and overwhelming."
 

The project actually has financing in place via Palomar Pictures, with production slated to begin in the next 18 months. So a while off, but good news for King fans regardless, and with the involvement of Sheridan, it's certainly one to keep an eye on. [Variety]

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  • jim | November 8, 2011 6:46 PMReply

    i love stephen king and i will defend some of his most-derided books, but i thought rose madder was fucking atrocious.

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