Morgan Freeman Leads Fight to Save Earth in Stephen King's 'Dreamcatcher'29 Oct, 2001 By: Staff Reporter
Morgan Freeman has come aboard to star in CastleRock Entertainment's feature adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel The Dreamcatcher forfilmmaker Lawrence Kasdan. The project goes into production in January in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dreamcatcher, adapted by William Goldman, is a thriller about four childhood friends who sharedtelepathic powers. Years later, they must reunite and use their powers to save Earth from a mysteriousforce. Freeman will play Col. Kurtz, an overzealous military man sent in by the government to combat this force.
The project is said to have elements of The Green Mile and Stand by Me, both of which are Kingnovels that Castle Rock has brought to the big screen.
Castle Rock optioned the rights to Dreamcatcher in the fall from King in a deal that sees the authorreceiving $1 million upfront against seven figures and a gross participation when the film is greenlighted.
Kasdan came aboard the project in the spring.
Freeman next stars in 20th Century Fox/New Regency's High Crimes andParamount Pictures' The Sum of All Fears. Freeman was Oscar-nominated for his performances in The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy and Street Smart.