Back in June, I wrote that Screen Media had picked up A Good Marriage, director Peter Askin’s adaptation of a Stephen King novella, with a screenplay by King. The film’s been in the can for a while now—King himself saw it late last year, and called it “terrific”—and is ready to hit movie screens and VOD in October, which is the appropriate month for terror. Here’s the first trailer, which shows Joan Allen playing a loving, devoted wife, shocked to discover that her husband (played by Anthony LaPaglia) may be a notorious serial killer.
The trail of the tape
Title: A Good Marriage
Director: Peter Askin
Screenwriter: Stephen King
Cast: Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephen Lang
Release date: October 3, 2014
Tagline: “In every marriage, there are secrets.”
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “You just had to look, didn’t you?”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Peter Askin doesn’t have the kind of filmography that suggests he’s the right guy for a Stephen King movie. (His best-known work would be the documentary Trumbo and the 2000 caper-comedy Company Man, co-written and co-directed with Douglas McGrath.) But Allen, LaPaglia, and Stephen Lang are always fun to watch, and many of the best King adaptations have been the ones that have shied away from the supernatural and have instead been straight-up thrillers. The premise here isn’t exactly original, but the domestic cat-and-mouse picture has a fine history (What Lies Beneath being one fine example), and perhaps A Good Marriage will be strong enough to be counted among, if not the greats, than at least the goods.