Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wondering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn’t the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom. —IMDb
Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter.
Kasdan was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Sylvia Sarah (née Landau), an employment counselor, and Clarence Norman Kasdan, who managed retail electronics stores. His brother is the writer/producer Mark Kasdan. He was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he graduated from Morgantown High School in 1966. His family is Jewish.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MA in Education, originally planning on a career as an English teacher. He won a Hopwood Award for writing during the time of his studies. He was a student of Professor Kenneth Thorpe Rowe.
Upon graduation, Kasdan was unable to find a teaching position, so he became an advertising copywriter, a profession he did not enjoy, but remained in for five years (even picking up a Clio Award along the way), first in Detroit and later in Los Angeles where he tried… read more
Body horror filtered through science fiction; a psycho-dramatic scrutiny of American masculinity; a compassionate ode to the power of memory. Kasdan directs with sober, attentive veracity, subverting the tropes of his (conflicting) material in a way that is almost groundbreaking. King's prose is treated with affection and care, even when the translation steps short. Handsome, sensory photography by John Seale.
I'm yet to read the novel, but this is a God-awful movie. With so many talented actors such as Freeman, Olyphant, Lewis, Jane - and based on a Stephen King novel - I was hoping for something good... or, at least, not bad. But this is very, very bad. Damian Lewis role is ridiculous. The movie is fill with facepalm moments and the whole plot and script are one big hot mess. Huge letdown.