Ben Stiller in talks about a remake of Jack Nicholson’s best film

By Michileen Martin 14 seconds ago

Imagine – it’s your job to recruit someone for the impossible task of replacing Jack Nicholson in the legendary role of Jack Torrance The glow. Who could you possibly cast for the role? Well, if you somehow said Ben Stiller, then congratulations, because you’re just as psychic as Danny Torrance. the tropical thunder Director and star will apparently follow in Nicholson’s footsteps for a production of The glowbut not on the big or small screen – on the stage.

According to Deadline, Ben Stiller is in negotiations to participate in the production of a stage adaptation of The glow at least five years in the making. The adaptation is written by Tony Award winner Simon Stephens and directed by acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove. Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender – both are currently employed on Broadway Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – will manufacture. The stage production will premiere in London’s West End, with an expected jump across the Atlantic to Broadway. Plans for the adaptation appear to date back to 2017, but production has been halted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As odd as the choice of Ben Stiller for a role popularized by Jack Nicholson may seem, it’s useful to remember that the 1980 film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, took many liberties with the source material. In the 1977 Stephen King novel in particular, Jack Torrance’s descent into madness is a much more gradual journey. While Nicholson is known for playing darker roles, that made him the worst choice for the role from a certain point of view – including one seemingly espoused by Stephen King.

Deadline reports that Ben Stiller’s stage production is following plans to stay closer to the source material than Kubrick’s film, which is both surprising and intriguing in at least one way. One of the main differences between the source material and the film is that the book featured more supernatural threats that the heroes faced, such as: B. Hedges shaped to look like animals that come to life and attack them. One might think that something like this would be even more difficult to reproduce on stage than on screen.

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In fact, the notion of the supernatural in Kubrick’s adaptation of is controversial The glow. While it is clarified in the novel that there are powerful supernatural forces assaulting Jack Torrance’s sanity, with the exception of the psychic abilities of Danny Torrance and Dick Hallorann (the latter survives in the book, although he is abruptly murdered in the film), which is now in Kubrick’s What happens in the film could be explained as the product of the madness of one or more characters.

One thing we’re sure Ben Stiller and everyone else is hoping for is the difference between this stage production and Stanley Kubrick’s way of treating the actors. Since its release The glow has become notorious for the abuse of Jack Nicholson, and Shelley Duvall in particular suffered at the hands of the late director. The actress was pulled through daily trauma by Kubrick, including filming a ridiculous 127 takes of the scene where Duvall is forced to take out Nicholson with a baseball bat.

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