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Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital / Lars Von Trier's The Kingdom
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: January 26, 2004 - 3:54 PM PST
Last Reply: April 17, 2004 - 10:45 PM PDT

author topic: Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital / Lars Von Trier's The Kingdom
Cinenaut
post #1  on January 26, 2004 - 3:54 PM PST  
Lars Von Trier had a TV series called The Kingdom about a haunted hospital and now there's going to be a U.S. TV series called Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital?

What's the dang deal?
hamano
post #2  on January 26, 2004 - 4:12 PM PST  
Didn't you know that Lars Von Trier is one of Stephen King's pseudonyms? He just tried it out in Europe first, to make sure the concept worked...
underdog
post #3  on January 26, 2004 - 4:41 PM PST  
> On January 26, 2004 - 3:54 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Lars Von Trier had a TV series called The Kingdom about a haunted hospital and now there's going to be a U.S. TV series called Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital?
>
> What's the dang deal?
> ---------------------------------

The deal is -- American TV producers are starved for ideas and too frighthened to come up with anything of their own, so they are more likely to rip off something from foreign television. That said, it's possible this new series will be decent, but I can't imagine it being halfway as brilliant as the LVT series. Promising: King is writing it. Not promising: Will be directed (or at least the initial pilot miniseries) by Craig Baxley whose directorial resume is extremely uninspiring.

Some more about it can be found in this filmjer.com article.

(sigh)


Cinenaut
post #4  on January 27, 2004 - 10:53 AM PST  
I've got The Kingdom queued up. I don't know if I'll watch the Stephen McKing version. It's interesting that such a famous director would have his TV series re-branded like that. I guess he's only famous to the film buff crowd.
dpowers
post #5  on January 27, 2004 - 11:06 AM PST  
no just last night access hollywood had a feature story, "dogme95 - where are they now?" which found the different dogme filmmakers and talked with them about current projects and problems getting films distributed in a money-oriented american system.
underdog
post #6  on January 27, 2004 - 4:14 PM PST  
> On January 27, 2004 - 11:06 AM PST dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> no just last night access hollywood had a feature story, "dogme95 - where are they now?" which found the different dogme filmmakers and talked with them about current projects and problems getting films distributed in a money-oriented american system.
> ---------------------------------

You're a little early for April Fool's Day, amigo. ;-)

Cinenaut
post #7  on January 27, 2004 - 4:23 PM PST  
They could do Stephen King's Dancer in the Dark and traumatize Bjork all over again.
dpowers
post #8  on January 27, 2004 - 6:31 PM PST  
yes but putting his name in front of it sounds like there would be clowns, or killer midgets.
dpowers
post #9  on January 27, 2004 - 6:43 PM PST  
"access hollywood is trying to change its image - already viewed as too intellectual by the mainstream public, the favorite insider information show of cineastes has moved even further into academia by providing live coverage of final edit sessions for major art films. taking a page from ET's recent call for an oscars boycott, AH has exhumed the corpse of a deceased soviet film expert for silent commentary on these sessions, in a feature they call 'the coldest cuts of all' - i call it 'choice'!" --jeffrey lyons
ColonelKong
post #10  on January 28, 2004 - 6:47 PM PST  
Somewhat related, has anyone been watching that Traffic miniseries on USA? I haven't actually watched any yet, but I've been taping it, and may watch it this weekend. I've heard some good things about it, and it's supposed to be pretty different from either Traffik or the Soderbergh movie of the same name. I haven't gotten around to seeing Traffik yet, but I probably will in the near future (a local video store rents all three discs, for $1.99 for five nights per disc).
dpowers
post #11  on January 28, 2004 - 6:53 PM PST  
the original is amazing, especially considering the political changes in afghanistan and pakistan since the 80s.
underdog
post #12  on January 29, 2004 - 2:03 PM PST  
> On January 28, 2004 - 6:47 PM PST ColonelKong wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Somewhat related, has anyone been watching that Traffic miniseries on USA? I haven't actually watched any yet, but I've been taping it, and may watch it this weekend. I've heard some good things about it, and it's supposed to be pretty different from either Traffik or the Soderbergh movie of the same name. I haven't gotten around to seeing Traffik yet, but I probably will in the near future (a local video store rents all three discs, for $1.99 for five nights per disc).
> ---------------------------------


I haven't yet caught it, either, but my girlfriend watched it and said it was quite good. However, she hadn't seen the original British series, which I raved to her about; I can't imagine the USA series improving on the predecessors, but sounds worth watching.


sinisterguffaw
post #13  on April 7, 2004 - 5:55 PM PDT  
So I watched the first episode of Kingdom Hospital. and I liked it. And I will never watch that show again. it just has that kind of effect. Also, besides ripping off Von Trier, the whole thing seemed like a page out of the book of Lynch.
Misshaped
post #14  on April 17, 2004 - 10:45 PM PDT  
I loved the Lars von Trier series. I had heard of it about 3 or 4 years ago from some friends in Sweden. I scavenged the rental counters looking for some obscure series called Riket until I finally found it...The Kingdom!

I was reluctant to watch the Steven King series to say the least. I hate to see something re-made and pale in comparison to the original. I'm still shaking my head when I think about what happened to Psycho.

Anyway, I watched one of the episodes and I was surprised to say I didn't think it was all that bad. I did notice Lars von Trier's name attached to the project, so he might have saved it from becoming a train wreck. I've promised myself I will try to avoid the trap of hating something before I've given it a chance. I'm glad I watched an episode, but I honestly haven't seen another since then.

What about Steven King's Dogtown? Oh wait...wasn't that Cujo?

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