Daily Archives: October 6, 2017
Thursday night, in front of 1,100 excited and devoted fans gathered in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Stephen King and his son Owen King read from their new collaboration, Sleeping Beauties.
Published by Simon & Schuster Canada, the novel, about a sleeping epidemic that affects women around the world, is the first time the two have worked together, thought they did do a book tour back in 2013, when Stephen was promoting Doctor Sleep and Owen his first novel, Double Feature. I was in the middle of a battle with pneumonia that had actually sent me to the hospital, but that didn’t hold me back from making the event when it hit Toronto. That night, I had the chance to talk to the elder King, probably my greatest inspiration as a writer. He signed my Marvel Comics Dark Tower Omnibus, and I showed him the outline of the Michael Whelan-inspired art that would soon become my second tattoo.
This night at Koerner Hall had no autograph session, but it was still exciting to be in the room with both Kings. Owen was noticeably more comfortable in front of a crowd than he was back in 2013. He started the evening reading from Sleeping Beauties, a book that’s humour becomes surprisingly evident when voiced by its authors. As expected, while Owen received a great ovation, the audience was clearly there for his legendary father, who was clad in a shirt that he gleefully informed us carried a caption that read “If you go home with someone and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.”
This weekend brings a long-awaited sequel that should have no problem cleaning up at the box office this weekend. But, just how well can a cult classic actually do in 2017? Here’s our prediction:
35 years after the original Blade Runner changed movies and science fiction forever, Blade Runner 2049 takes us back into the world Ridley Scott first shared with us. Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard, along with newcomers Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista. This time out, Scott is executive producer, while Denis Villeneuve enters the ring as director. A better choice could not have been made – Villeneuve is a visionary director, as his work in Prisoners and Arrival has demonstrated. The reviews for Blade Runner 2049 have been absolutely glowing, and it currently sits at 92% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. However, the original film was never a box office hit, instead making its reputation over the years following its release. While it may be beloved, will that translate into a large audience? With Gosling and Ford’s star power, and Villeneuve’s reputation, I’d say yes. Look for Blade Runner 2049 to debut in first place with $50 million.