'90210' fav cast in Stephen King's 'Bag of Bones' -- EXCLUSIVE

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A&E’s Bag of Bones miniseries just added a familiar name from Beverly Hills, 90210.

Jason Priestley has been cast in the project, playing the main character’s literary agent. Bones is based on a Stephen King novel about a writer (Pierce Brosnan) trying to recover from the death of his wife while staying at their lakeside retreat in Maine, where he begins to realize she still has something to tell him. The news comes after Priestley just joined the cast of another cable project based on a King novel — Syfy’s Haven.

Also: Bones has cast William Schallert, whose career spans from appearances in Wagon Train to True Blood, as the father-in-law of a young mother (Melissa George) going through a custody battle. The four-hour event will air later this year.
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  • Samwell

    Along with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Bag of Bones is the best thing King has done in the past 20 years. I hope they do a good job with this.

    • Viv

      The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was and still is one of my favorite Stephen King novels. There was just something about it that really struck home with me.

    • AB

      Bag of Bones is great, but I hated the Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. It read like SK phoned that one in.

      • JPX

        Totally disagree. Bag of Bones was a glacially-paced bore-fest. The Girl WHo Loved Tom Gordon was a terrific, brisk read.

      • Samwell

        I think The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is one of his all-time best novels because it is so simple. It boils fear down to its most essential elements. There is no ridiculous Lovecraftian demon at the end… it’s just a girl lost in the woods who is forced to deal with her fears and, in essence, come of age in the vast wilderness that is the real world. It’s one of King’s few TRUE horror novels (meaning, there is no fantasy element to it). It’s a book I re-read every other summer.

      • 3OH3

        I was going to watch this, but now.. Meh… No thanks.

    • James Hibberd

      Will weigh in. My favorite of King’s recent work: His short story collections. Everything’s Eventual and Just After Sunset each had some great stories. And fyi: King has a new single short story coming out on Sept. 1 on Kindle.

      • Baco Noir

        Thought Bag of Bones was very sad and deeply moving book (though a bit too long). Hope they manage to retain that. Tom Gordon, good, but not my favourite. Really creepy pop-up book of it is in my library. though.

      • JPX

        Word.

      • Nikki

        I want to know why in the word they haven’t made Gerald’s Game in to a movie yet. That is the only book I’ve ever read that TERRIFIED me and I had to watch cartoons before I went to sleep with that one!

  • Tami

    I loved Bag of Bones… I hope they do better by this book that the horrible TV movie of The Stand!

    • Roekest

      Say what you want about ABC’s The Stand, but it was 100 times better than The Langoliers. At least The Stand had some top-notch actors like Gary Sinese and that old dude who played the judge in Picket Fences.

      • jp

        Yet they also had Molly Ringwald as Fran. Worst. Casting. Ever. (not to mention worst costuming. The character of Frannie Goldsmith wearing chiffon and tulle was so many different shades of WRONG!!!)

      • Earl

        I loved The Stand, and have seen in maybe five times over the years. Sadly, Molly Ringwalds performance isn’t great. On the plus side, you got Gary Sinise, Jamey Sheridan as Flagg (Kings most fun character ever), Ed Harris, Kathy Bates, Sam Raimi and John Landis!

    • AB

      LOL yeah, both of those were crap. :) Gary Sinise was the best thing in those movies. Who thought casting Molly Ringwald and what’s-her-face who played Naomi was a good idea?

    • Samwell

      The Stand wasn’t great, but the opening 10 minutes with “Don’t Fear the Reaper” playing is one of the greatest post-apocalypse scenes ever!

      • stormie

        Agreed!!!!!!

      • jp

        THIS.

      • Baco Noir

        d’accord.

      • Squishmar

        I just got chills thinking about it… with all the different still frames from the monitors of the dead people in various rooms… (*shiver).

  • Matt W

    Fantastic, I can’t wait. I think I’m also one of the few who loved Lisey’s Story. I always thought that would make a good movie.

    • waya

      OMG, I loved Lisey’s Story. Its one of my fav King novels, but they would never do a film or mini series about a shy, widowed, middle-aged woman. If it isn’t a sexy character, scratch that. Sad because Lisey is one of King’s best developed characters.

      • Realist

        That novel employed the phrase “A puffickly huh-yooge batch of orifice” to the point of madness. I was so sick of seeing that idiotic mishmash of dialect by the end of the book that I wanted to burn it. And I LOVE King.

    • Squishmar

      After I read it, it shot to the top 5 of my favourite King books. I loved it. Beautifully written and he really put his all into it.

  • Axis

    So far, everything’s looked good to me except for Pierce Brosnan. He’s just not what I saw for Mike Noonan. Can’t wait for this, tho!

    • AB

      Agreed. But I bet at least part of the reason they cast him was because of his name/who he is.

  • JPX

    Bag of Bones is the single worst book King has ever written. It’s a 500 page sleeping pill. Out of all of King’s material I can’t believe this is what they’re making into a mini-series. Pass.

    • Jay

      I disagree…. Bag of Bones is the book first SK book that I ever finished, and it is the book that turned me into a Stephen King fan. Prior to my reading of Bag of Bones, I didn’t read books….. EVER. Now I read all the time.

      It is the book that turned me from a non-reader, into a reader

      • JPX

        That’s cool but I would recommend reading everything that came before that book if you want to read good King.

  • Just Someone

    Bag of Bones is my favourite book by King! I don’t picture Mattie as Melissa George though-I thought Mattie was supposed to be 21 or something like that but i’ll wait and see – I’ve enjoyed a lot of the mini-series. Does King have anything to do with it?

  • waya

    Wasn’t someone trying to do a mini series of “Under the Dome”? That would be a lot more interesting. “Bones” was rather boring, IMO.

  • joesmom

    I too am waiting for someone to do Lisey’s Story. There are a lot of middle age actresses who could bite into a character who starts off very meek and ends up facing a psycho killer and creatures from “over there”. Lisey is a wonderful character and I would love to see this story on the screen.

    • Squishmar

      Let’s cast it!! There are a ton of 50ish great actresses around. I could see Michelle Pfeiffer in it…

  • peggy

    I used to be a big SK fan, but I have to admit I haven’t read Bag of Bones or The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. And I didn’t like Under the Dome at all. Unfortunately, King must get paid by the word because most of his books are way too long and have way too much superfluous characters and plots. Give me a book like “Carrie” any day.

    • Squishmar

      I hated “Under the Dome” too…. but pick up “Lisey’s Story”. It’s one of his very best. It’s not “scary” like “Carrie” or “The Shining” but it’s so well written. His heart was really into this one.

  • Ana Maria

    …I bought Bag of Bones and Duma Key at the same time, and liked Duma Key better; of the 2 I thought Duma would be the one to be made into a tv movie or mini series…

  • David Melnick

    Black House & The Talisman were great stories, but Pet Sematary was his best psychological thriller. Namely, Gage’s “xperience”. I cry in each time I read it.

  • gsaintl

    Pierce Brosnan is too old for the role of Mike Noonan, who’s supposed to be in his young 40s.

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