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Joan Allen Headlining Stephen King Adaptation ‘A Good Marriage’; Caleb Landry Jones Teams With John Boorman on ‘Queen and Country’

Written by on September 11, 2012 

This little wave of Stephen King adaptations is keeping up the pace. We’ve got Carrie on the way, The Dark Tower is getting some new life, Cary Fukunaga is trying his hand at It, and The Ten O’Clock People is going to start soon enough — as a fan of the author, it leaves me enormously pleased.

Next up on the docket is one of the most promising among that bunch: A Good Marriage, which THR tell us Joan Allen will take the lead in for director Peter Askin. Based upon a novella of the same name — published in King‘s 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars — and harkening back to the sort of double life story that marked The Dark Half, it’s a picture which will center on Darcy Anderson, a wife and mother who discovers that the man she’s been married to for 27 years has a hidden past. Because of this revelation, Darcy “must now decide how far she is willing to go to maintain the marriage.”

King is behind the script, too, and it’s one which offers a top role that “offers plenty to chew on.” It goes without saying that Allen has the right credentials to insure it gets pulled off. Right? We’ve got a very nice combination of star and material here — some quick research shows very positive word on A Good Marriage — so I’d like to think this independent outing can hit our way before long.

Next up, Variety report that Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, Antiviral) is being taken under the wing of John Boorman. Not on the ambitious sci-fi picture Broken Dream, unfortunately, but with Queen and Country, a sequel to the director’s 1987 picture Hope and Glory.

Boorman‘s script, co-written by Kieran Morgan, follows the original film’s central child, who “has grown up and has been conscripted into the military at the tail end of the Korean War.” This, almost certainly, is the part Jones will be taking; considering all the attention that’s been hoisted upon him as of late, this is a pick I won’t raise issue with.

It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Broken Dream ends up going first, but this recent movement has people thinking Queen and Country will be on its way first. While, sure, I’d prefer to see the former over the latter — not many people were asking for a Hope and Glory sequel, unless I haven’t been talking to the right people — one could lead to the other. If not, we might still get another good movie out of Boorman.

Have A Good Marriage & Queen and Country started off on the right foot?

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