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Stephen King Adaptations: Every movie and TV series in the works

From the "It" episode of this fall to long-acclaimed adaptations that will eventually come to fruition, including streaming, it's a good time to be a King fan.

It's a good time to be a Stephen King fan (and financially, it's one very Good time to be Stephen King), as the master of horror has gotten many works from streaming outlets thanks to numerous successful adaptions, from the record breaker "It" at the box office (soon to be continued!) To a series who make their King fix too long acclaimed adjustments that eventually lead to success. While feature-length feature films such as "It: Chapter Two" and "Doctor Sleep" are preparing for the release of 2019, and a few very different series based on King's work are preparing for new seasons, it seems like a new one each time King adaptation announced week.

A typical example: In the last two weeks, two King-inspired offerings have been given the green light. The indie filmmaker, darling Alex Ross Perry, recorded a big theatrical version of the short story "Rest Stop" just days after Julianne Moore announced it. You can play a starring role in an Apple + series inspired by Lisey & # 39; s Story. That's not to say, a slew of other features, more upcoming series and a handful of short films that cover every decade of Kings decade cover career.

Here's all of King's amazing career in the works, from completed projects to other offerings that continue to grow.

Completed and ongoing films

"It: Chapter Two"

Andy Muschietti's highly anticipated successor to his 2017 box office hit "It" will arrive on September 6. The second installment of the latest adaptation of the popular 1986 novel will bring back original Cast members, including "Stranger Things" favorite Finn Wolfhard. The upcoming successor will also receive great star power as the adult members of Losers' Club are played by Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Bill Hader (Richie), Jay Ryan (Ben) and Isaiah Mustafa (Mike), James Ransone (Eddie) and Andy Bean (Stan). Other new actors are Xavier Dolan, Jake Weary and Jess Weixler.

The first releases of the fall release flipped out of the CinemaCon crowd earlier this month and were a huge hit in the first movie (after all, it was the highest-quality horror movie in history), "It: Chapter Two" and its return to Derry's The Terror Adaptation of the king that ever existed.

Bill Skarsgård Pennywise the clown

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the clown in "It"

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"Doctor sleep"

Only two months after "It: Chapter Two", the public is terrorizing the "Doctor Sleep" of up-and-coming horror star Mike Flanagan on November 8th. The sequel to "The Shining" picks up on the eponymous King's novel from 2013 and sets Ewan McGregor, an adult Danny Torrance, had to grapple with the meaning of his special "shine".

In the new movie Danny is now an alcoholic whose attempt to sober up revives his "luminous" powers. Torrance meets a young girl who shares the supernatural ability while working in a hospice center. The first material shown at CinemaCon was short, but pointed out that the film will give many nods to the first film, promising to "complete" the Torrance saga. Besides McGregor, "Doctor Sleep" also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly and Alex Essoe.

Announced films

"In the high grass"

This year probably also on deck: a Netflix-based adaptation of the novel of the same name in 2012, which King wrote alongside his similarly productive son Joe Hill. The story was written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, the filmmaker of Splice. He tells of a brother and a sister who, after hearing a little boy crying for help on a huge lawn in Kansas, look for him, only to realize that they can not escape.

Film stars Patrick Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira, Harrison Gilberston, Avery Whitted, Rachel Wilson, and Will Buie Jr. There is no release date yet, but Netlix is ​​reportedly dating 2019.

"Resting place"

Just announced earlier this week, filmmaker Alex Ross Perry's "Her Smell" is on deck to write an adaptation of King 2003's short story of the same name. Originally published in Esquire, "Rest Stop" won the National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2004. It also appears in King's 2008 story collection Just After Sunset. According to Variety, the film after the film is a cat-and-mouse thriller twisted trip of two women after an encounter at a rest stop. In this case, Perry's script differs somewhat from the source material. These include changing the gender of the main character and focusing on two instead of one person.

Under development films


At the horror-centered Overlook Film Festival, Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman and superproducer Jason Blum announced in 2017 that they would embark on a new adaptation of "Firestarter," Kings 1980, a novel about a young girl with Pyrokensis and the government agency their tracks. Goldsman announced that he wrote the script with Scott Teems ("Rectify"). He pointed out that he would focus on the original novel rather than on the earlier adaptation of 1984, which featured a young Drew Barrymore.

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For years, King has been offering rights to his work through "Dollar Baby" contracts, through which the prolific writer allows film students and aspiring filmmakers to adapt his short stories to the low price of a single dollar. King has approved a number of Dollar Baby projects over the years. Frank Darabont created "The Woman in the Room" in 1986 a dollar baby contract. The collaboration resulted in Darabont being retired for The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

In October of last year, King sold rights to his 2003 short story "Stationary Bike" to students at the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Wales. The film follows an artist who is said to have dangerously high cholesterol levels. When he starts cycling to lose weight, he becomes obsessed and begins to hallucinate nightmarish scenarios. As part of the agreement, the films may not be released commercially. Therefore, Kings Estate requires DVD copies so he can see the final products.

"Mile 81"

In February, Deadline announced that "clinical" filmmaker Alistair Legrand had been called to direct a feature version of the novella of the same name in 2011 with a screenplay by Legrand and his colleague The Diabolical, Luke Harvis. The story is about "a remote, boarded-up rest stop, [and] The film follows 12-year-old Pete, his brother and a group of strangers who struggle to survive as they are hunted by a mysterious force. "Production should start this fall.

"The Tommyknockers"

In late last year Deadline also reported that Universal had taken a deal with the eponymous sci-fi horror novel by King's 1987, which was already in 1993 to a hit miniseries for ABC. The story follows "The inhabitants of a Maine town under the influence of a strange object discovered in the forest. It turns out that it is part of an alien spacecraft that emits a gas that infects those affected, which eventually leads to a chaos that can only stop a man. "

The film is currently under development, and despite early rumors, James Wan, the "summoner" superstar, is not tied to the direction.

Continuous TV series

"Castle Rock"

King's books and stories have inspired numerous television series over the years, but perhaps nothing was more ambitious and far-reaching than Hulu's "Castle Rock," which brings together some of the writer's most popular and well-known characters and stories and throws them all in the King-created environment of Castle Rock, Maine. It is an indispensable watch for longtime fans of the author and newcomers who are interested in everything he has to offer (which, of course, is very much).

Launched by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Sissy Spacek have completed their first season in September of last year and are already preparing for a second season on the streaming platform ,

"Mr. Mercedes"


"Mr. Mercedes"

At the other end of the current King Series spectrum is the audience drama "Mr. Mercedes ", which is a bit more niche for King fans. Based on the novel trilogy by Bill Hodges, which includes: "Mr. Mercedes "," Finders Keepers "and" End of Watch ", the violent crime drama contains some TV bonuses: It was developed by David E. Kelley. Now she's getting ready for the third season, starring Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway. The story follows Gleeson as a dedicated detective trying to filter out the eponymous Mercedes (Treadaway), a serial killer who has a fondness for fame.

In Development TV series

"Lisey's story"

Announced earlier this month, King arrives at Apple +, with Julianne Moore on deck, to play in a new series based on the 2006 novel, Lisey & # 39; s Story. Moore will play the title character, a woman who deals with the loss of her husband. After years of mourning, after unexpected events, she begins to see his life and death in a completely new way. So far, no further casting news has been published.

The series is currently scheduled for eight episodes, and King will write all. The Bad Robot / Warner Brothers coproduction will also be performed with the executive producers J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson, who both played in the same role at last year's debut season of Castle Rock.

"Sleeping Beauty"

King has teamed up with his other son, Owen King, to write the 2017 bestseller of the same name that AMC picked up earlier this week to develop a cable series. The Wrap reports that the project has already received a pilot commitment from the cable network, with the younger King written on deck to write it.

The official story says the story is set in a small Appalachian town whose main employer is a women's prison. [and] The novel by the father-son duo from 2017 tells the story of a sleeping sickness that affects only women and spreads all over the world. "

"The outsider"

The Wrap also reported late last year that HBO had commissioned the bestseller of King's best-selling The Outsider in 2018, which was to be starred and produced by Ben Mendelsohn, along with producer Jason Bateman on deck, which turned the first two episodes.

HBO's series follows "a seemingly uncomplicated investigation into the cruel murder of a local boy [that] leads an experienced police officer and an unorthodox investigator to question everything that they believe is real, as an insidious supernatural force invades the case. "

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) in Columbia Pictures # The Dark Tower.

"The Dark Tower"

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"The Dark Tower"

The 2017 feature film directed by Nikolaj Arcel might be a craze, though it made great talents like Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey play some of King's most famous characters in his most ambitious series, but a planned television series was always in the works. Will it still happen?

In its latest release, "The Dark Tower" will be in the form of an Amazon-launched prequel series featuring Glen Mazzara, veteran of the "Walking Dead" executive producer and showrunner. In March, Variety reported that Jasper Pääkkönen and Sam Strike had both been piloted, with Strike on deck Roland Deschain, also known as The Gunslinger, along with Pääkkönen, who presumably played The Man in Black, also called Marten Broadcloak, and Randall Flagg.

"The Stand"

After this years From back and forth – from whom it would direct and vote in which format it would take and how long it would take – a new version of King's pioneering 1978 opus finally comes on the screen. In this iteration, it is a limited edition CBS All Access series by director Josh Boone (who has been trying to implement this project in one way or another since 2014), who will hit the streamer sometime in 2020.

It's not the first TV adaptation of the novel that led to a four-part ABC miniseries for the first time a quarter of a century ago. The 1994 version, one of the most ambitious productions in television television history, consisted of Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwood, Rob Lowe, Laura San Giacomo, Miguel Ferrer and Ruby Dee.

Other completed projects

short films

King's astounding performance has led to the creation of scads with minor adjustments, including recent short films from stories like Survivor Type, The Reach, In Deathroom, A Very Tight Place, Willa, Seda. hmota, "Caught", "I'm the Door", "The Death of Jack Hamilton", a short version of "Rest Stop", "One for the Road", "Gray Matter" and "Beach World" were all inspired in different states completion and post production.


Indie filmmaker Selina Sondermann made her directorial debut with a recent adaptation of the short story "Dedication", which does not yet contain a release plan.

Rumors projects

"The Talisman"

Steven Spielberg had long wanted to adapt the novel written in 1984 by King together with Peter Straub, and Universal had even taken over the rights for him in 1982, long before the book was published. While the filmmaker tried years ago to make the book into a six-hour mini-series for TNT, he now seems to be aiming for a feature film adaptation, though he may not rule it himself. Last year he told Entertainment Weekly that he "hopes to shoot this movie over the next few years." I do not commit myself as a director for the project, I'm just saying that it's something I wanted to get to the cinemas for the past 35 years. "

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A remake of the fearsome rabid dog story, as first written in 1981 in King's novel of the same name, has been rumored for years. While the film version of 1984 received mixed reviews when it was released, it has become a cult classic over the years that followed, prompting the 2015 announcement that the novel will be turned into something completely different that annoyed so many fans. In July 2015, Bloody Disgusting reported that the classic King story is being reissued as "Canine Unit Joint Operations", indicating some significant changes to the original narrative.

Lang Elliott of Sunn Classic Pictures was cast as a director, DJ Perry became a star. Despite the rumors over the years, the film currently does not seem to be in production.

Other short films

King's short stories are a fertile ground for many filmmakers, and besides the amount of finished or nearly completed short versions of his work, a number of other short films are reportedly in the works. These include new films based on "Rest Stop" (yes, another one), "Jac Kessler's Popsy", "The Doctor's Case", "Uncle Otto's Truck", "The Gingerbread Girl", "One for the street "(again another one)," In the death room "(you read that right)," death room "(yup) and" doorway ".

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