Mike Flanagan, director of Stephen King’s novel adaptation Gerald’s Game, will finally be seeing his long-delayed film Before I Wake released. The horror-thriller is to be released on Netflix in the New Year.
Mike Flanagan, who co-wrote and directed Gerald’s Game, has had to see his film Before I Wake sit in ‘film purgatory’ as it had been placed in the “Please Stand By” files since 2015 due to the financial issues of Relativity Media, the studio that was originally set to release it.
The horror-thriller trailer reveals a grieving couple, played by Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane, who adopt a child after the loss of their own. The couple adopt a boy played by Jacob Tremblay (Room, Wonder) who seems to possess a frighteningly vivid imagination while dreaming; so vivid, that his dreams come to life all around him. Unfortunately, that also goes – even more so – for his nightmares.
Mike Flanagan, who himself doubted the release of his film or it being dug out of the archives and ever seeing the light of day, tweeted:
After almost four years of intense frustration, I’m thrilled to confirm that @netflix will release BEFORE I WAKE in the US on January 5th.
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) December 13, 2017
In an interview with filmmaker Mick Garris (Psycho IV) on the Post Mortem podcast last August, Flanagan said:
“We sold the movie to Relativity, and we had a release date, and we were all set, and I moved on to the next project… And then things just got weird. Everything kind of stalled. We weren’t getting trailers and posters and materials. It was kind of cagey. We didn’t know it at first, but it was because of the collapse…”
He continued to speak of the waiting game in which he had to wait for Relativity to bounce back from bankruptcy. In the meantime, young Jacob Tremblay has made a name for himself with his part in Room (2015) which gained much critical acclaim. It seems that now is the perfect time for the release of Before I Wake.
Now, in the wake of the director’s well-received horror-thriller Gerald’s Game, it would seem the streaming service is interested in seeing what else Flanagan (who has also directed several other solid indie horror efforts such as Oculus and Hush) has to offer.
Flanagan is also working on one more Netflix project: A 10-part series adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic novel The Haunting of Hill House. If Before I Wake does well, he could well become a Netflix regular.