As of this writing, Stephen King has written 64 novels, five nonfiction books, and at least ten short story collections. To date, there are over 50 adaptations based on his enormous body of work, with King himself collaborating with studios on several occasions to bring his stories to life. From remakes of classics to all-new miniseries formats, here’s a list of all the upcoming adaptations of the horror master we’re most excited about.
First Book of the King, Carrie, has received several adaptations over the years, with Brian De Palma’s 1976 version being the most well-received, winning Oscars for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. Another plan for a big-screen remake was made in 2013, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, which received mixed reviews. This may preempt things, but the latest reboot attempt, which is expected to land on TV rather than movies, looks promising. Sources of Collider report that the telekinetic prom queen will be played either by a trans actress or an actress of color instead of a cis white woman like in previous adaptations and we’re all for it.
Horror film master John Carpenter (best known for Halloween) had the honor of directing the first Christina adaptation in 1983, which has since been considered a timeless classic. Nearly four decades later, there are now plans to do it again, this time with Bryan Fuller in the director’s chair. Fuller is best known for his impressive television series, which includes series like Hannibal and grow daisies. He will be joined by producers Jason Blum and filmmaker Vincenzo Natali, who have previously worked on another King adaptation, In the tall grass.
Christina is, of course, just one of many novels by Stephen King centering on a cursed object, but it pioneered the genre of killer car movies.
From a Buick 8
Published in 2002, From a Buick 8 is King’s second story centered around a haunted car, although rather than being some sort of killing machine, the Buick in this story is actually more of a portal to another dimension. The best-selling novel was chosen by Hyde Park Entertainment by Ashok Amritraj, starring Thomas Jane (Mist) featuring. Jim Mickle (Cold in July) is set to direct.
Unlike the previous two titles, Thousand 81 is actually a short story and contrary to popular belief and initial impression, is not another killer car story. It follows 12-year-old protagonist Pete with a small group of survivors stuck in a remote, barricaded rest area. According DeadlineAlistair Legrand (Clinical) will direct, while Ross M. Dinerstein, who previously worked on the Netflix adaptation of King’s 1922 will produce.
Mr. Harrigan’s phone
Mr. Harrigan’s phone is a short story from King’s anthology If it bleeds, which was released in 2020. It is one of King’s most contemporary shorts and centers on a young boy who befriends a reclusive billionaire. The two form a friendship over books and an iPhone. Yes, an iPhone. When the old man dies, the boy finds a way to communicate with the now deceased billionaire via the phone that was buried with him. Kind of a weird thing to do but quite scary, if you think about it.
veteran actor Donald Sutherland is slated to play the eccentric billionaire and if you liked the new This movies, then you are in for a treat as Jaeden Martell returns and will play the young boy named Craig. Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum and Carla Hacken are producing, and the film is set to release globally on Netflix this year.
The Overlook Hotel is perhaps the most iconic haunted hotel in all of fiction, and it’s about time it got its own spinoff. With legendary characters from the brilliant, Neglect should feature the stories of the ghosts that haunt its hallowed halls. J. J. Abrams (star wars) Bad Robot Productions should lead the charge although the issue of where we can still look at some leftovers. Recent reports revealed that HBO Max has apparently passed on the project, although it looks like Netflix is interested and rightfully so.
Pet Sematary Prequel
Pet sematary is another beloved King story that has received multiple interpretations over the years, with the last one coming out in 2019. Casual and die-hard fans, including King himself, often consider Pet sematary her scariest story (personally, I’d like to argue for Salem Bundle but to each his own), so it’s no surprise that he’s getting a prequel. Scheduled to air exclusively on Paramount+, the prequel will star Jackson White (The space between us) as young Jud Crandall, who has arguably the most iconic death in King’s work and is essentially the character who provides all the rules and lore for the story. Fans have been since arguing whether a prequel would be a good idea in the first place, given that it may poke holes in the premise of the original, but if you ask me, I’m all for it.
There are currently four versions of King’s second novel Salem Bundle and that scene where little Danny Glick floats past the window of the 1979 adaptation remains the stuff of nightmares. Although originally slated for September this year, the remake is now set to release in the spring 2023. ConspiracyJames Wan of-verse is producing the film, which stars Lewis Pullman (Bad weather at the El Royale) as protagonist Ben Mears, a writer who returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes of writing a new book focusing on the strange House of Marsten that watches over the sleepy Old City. Gary Dauberman, who worked on the last This movies as well as Anabelle comes home will write and direct the film.
The breathing method
Talk about a The breathing method the adaptation has been around since 2012, and as of this writing is still labeled as “in development”. The short story is taken from another anthology by King titled different seasonswhich also happens to be the same collection of stories where The Shawshank Redemption (in the book its full title is Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank takeover) and support me (in the book it is simply called The body) has come. According to last known reports surrounding the adaptation, Scott Derrickson, the man behind Claim, will oversee the film as director. There are no new reports on The breathing method and whether it’s still in production or not, but hopefully it is.
If you haven’t heard of this one, it’s a short but thrilling story. It follows an old doctor who tells of one of his patients whom he teaches what he calls “The Breathing Method” in order to facilitate the birth of her illegitimate child. It’s a slow burn that follows their relationship for months, as well as that secret society the doctor is a part of.
If you are a stranger things fan, then you’ve probably already heard of this upcoming adaptation and even noticed the little hint the Duffer Brothers dropped in the Season 4 Volume 2 finale when Lucas was reading a copy of the novel to Max. After announcing their own production company called Upside Down Pictures, the brothers share their intention to create stories that inspired them growing up. One of them is King’s 1984 collaboration with Peter Straub. The talisman is one of King’s longest reads (it’s over 700 pages) and follows a man named Jack Sawyer, who is in search of a talisman – you guessed it – to save his mother’s life. In the story, Jack switches between parallel realities and words, something I think we all know the Duffers know a thing or two about.
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