Mike Flanagan, who has already worked on a few different Stephen King films, is doing another. He and Trevor Macy will co-write an adaptation of King's 2014 novel Revival for Warner Bros. Pictures. The duo was responsible for last year's The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep, also for Warner Bros. Mike Flanagan will write the script with he and Macy producing. Flanagan will have the option to direct as well. On top of Doctor Sleep, Flanagan has also directed Gerald's Game for Netflix based on the King story of the same name. The duo is also responsible for the excellent Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House. The news was reported on by The Hollywood Reporter.
Mike Flanagan is the Best Horror Director Working Today
Revival follows a "relationship between a heroin-addicted musician and a dubious faith healer with a hidden agenda. The minister is obsessed with trying to find a way to communicate with his departed wife and child but ends up connecting to a Lovecraftian horror." It sounds like a whole lot of personal trauma and damage, two things that Mike Flanagan excels at. Every story he touches has a flavor of personal accountability and personal trauma the characters have to deal with, and each and every one of them is moving and well-done. I won't lie, I don't just think Mike Flanagan is the best horror director working today. I think he is the best director period.
He just makes every film and episode feel profoundly affecting. His work moves you, and that he works in a tough genre like horror makes it even more impressive. Seeing him tackle more Stephen King can only be a good thing, Doctor Sleep was his best film to date, and Gerald's Game is criminally underrated. Really, I am just excited we get more Mike Flanagan, no matter the project.