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The King Maker: Director Lawrence Kasdan Strikes Back with Stephen King's Supernatural Dreamcatcher. (Film)

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The King Maker: Director Lawrence Kasdan Strikes Back with Stephen King's Supernatural Dreamcatcher. (Film)

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THE ACCOMPLISHED HOLLYWOOD WRITER AND DIRECTOR Lawrence Kasdan agreed to take on Stephen King's 2001 novel Dreamcatcher because he wanted to return to his roots. He wanted to shoot what he calls "a real `story' story," a movie like some he's written in the past--The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to be specific. What he wasn't looking for, he says, was "an ensemble comedy about life and identity," a movie like some he's director The Big Chill, Grand Canyon or the i999 bomb Mumford.

But Dreamcatcher, he soon learned, is both kinds of film. "This bridges the two Stephen Kings," says Kasdan, who also co-wrote the screenplay. "This is a fiat-out horror movie. There are creatures and spaceships, and it's scary. [But] it has all the relationship stuff you'd find in Stand by Me."

The first novel King wrote after his close encounter with a minivan in 1999, Dreamcatcher clocked in at nine hundred pages and, says Kasdan, was composed entirely in longhand as the author lay on the floor recovering. …

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