Alexander, Karaszewski penning short story adaptation
John Cusack will star in the bigscreen adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “1408” for helmer Mikael Hafstrom, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dimension Films.Penned by “The People vs. Larry Flynt” scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, pic centers on a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into notorious Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Pic will lense this summer. Location is yet to be determined. “This film is so much a one-man show,” Hafstrom told Daily Variety. “It’s quite a contained drama. It is a horror film if you want to put a label on it, but the way I see it, it’s much more an inner-journey of this character.” Hafstrom previously helmed the Weinstein Co.’s “Derailed.” “1408” originally appeared as a King audio book, called “Blood and Smoke,” and was subsequently included in King’s 2002 short story collection “Everything’s Eventual.” Cusack’s casting comes on the heels of Dimension buying rights to King’s latest novel “Cell” for Eli Roth to direct. Cusack recently also signed to star in and produce the indie drama “Grace Is Gone.” He next stars in New Line’s “Martian Child.” Pic is being overseen by Dimension’s Richard Saperstein and Matthew Stein.