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5 Upcoming Stephen King Adaptations We Can’t Wait to See!

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As we’ve discussed in detail before, Stephen King adaptations can be very hit-or-miss, with the majority of them being more miss than hit. For every Carrie or Misery there is a Dreamcatcher or an Under the Dome. That being said, it’s hard not to get to excited when a new film or television adaptation of one of King’s works is announced. Not all of them come to fruition, or they spend years in development hell, but when production actually starts on an adaptations it is certainly capable of getting your adrenaline pumping! The five adaptations on this list are some of the Stephen King adaptations that we are looking forward to the most.


It 

After a failed attempt at adapting It with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga at the helm, Mama director Andy Muschietti was brought on as a new director. The summer of 2016 was filled with productions updates as the child actors were cast, the time period was revealed (the 80s!), and Pennywise’s new look was unveiled. Seeing as how filming wrapped in September, everything seems to have gone according to plan. It is scheduled to be released on September 8, 2017, and audiences will finally get the (hopefully) R-rated It adaptation that the 1990 ABC mini-series wasn’t able to deliver. Expectations are higher than ever for this one!

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Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game was considered un-filmable for the longest time. It is, after all, about a woman named Jessie who accidentally kills her husband mid-coitus while she is handcuffed to the bed. The rest of the novel is set entirely in the bedroom as Jessie struggles to escape her new prison. Lucky for us, Mike Flanagan is attempting to film the un-filmable and Netflix may finance and distribute it! Flanagan’s involvement with the project was announced over two years ago, but he got sidetracked with Ouija: Origin of Evil. Now it looks like things are moving forward, which is a good thing for fans of King’s underrated novel.

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower has had a long road to make it to the big screen and for good reason. Spanning eight novels and more than 4,000 pages, the series is home to King’s densest mythology. After several false starts, production on the film finally began back in March, with director Nikolaj Arcel at the helm. A release date has been set for February 17, 2017, which is an interesting time to release the epic. February is known for being a genre film dumping ground, but after Deadpool’s success from the same weekend last year it’s understandable that Sony is feeling confident with that date. The film may divide fans, as it is being touted as a new take on the series rather than a direct adaptation of the novels.

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Mr. Mercedes

The story behind the television adaptation of the first installment in Stephen King’s Detective Bill Hodges trilogy is a bittersweet one. The late Anton Yelchin was cast as the mentally deranged ice cream truck driver Brady Hartsfield just 26 days before his untimely death. Understandably, the project has hit a road block (Brendan Gleeson was also cast as Brady’s nemesis Detective Bill Hodges). While a 2018 release on AT&T’s Audience Network could still be in the cards, it may be a while before we see Mr. Mercedes brought to our television screens. Still, there are three books (and three seasons’ worth) of material to use for a series, and it would be nice to see t his project move forward.

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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I’m sneaking this one in here since it’s not really a Stephen King adaptation (though I will anticipate the comments that call me out for even including it on this list), but at least I’m keeping it in the family! King’s son Joe Hill has written some amazing novels, and one of his best is on its way to becoming a television series on AMC. While I’m still bummed we haven’t gotten an adaptation of Heart-Shaped Box yet, NOS4A2 is a perfect literary property to turn into a series. There is a ton of mythology to mine from its pages. The title refers to the license plate of the villain’s 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith (an abbreviation of “nosferatu”). That villain happens to be Charlie Manx, a grotesque figure with long sharp teeth who kidnaps children and brings them to Christmasland and sucks the life out of them, turning them into vampires. It’s a truly remarkable piece of fiction that only a network like AMC will be able to do justice.

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Which adaptation are you looking forward to the most? We all know that The Mist is being adapted as a television series for Spike TV, and there are supposedly film adaptations of Pet Sematary and Doctor Sleep in the works. Let us know your picks in the comments below!



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COMMENTS

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  • The Drucifer

    I want all of these to be good. IT and THE DARK TOWER have me worried. IT is my favorite book and I want nothing but the best for it. My cynicism may be getting the best of me with that one. THE DARK TOWER has Akiva Goldsman. Scarier than Pennywise that one is. GERALDS GAME should be great I have a lot of faith in Flanagan and the film is exactly up hiis wheelhouse. Who would have thought 2017 could mark some sort of KING film resurgence.

    • khail19

      Started being a Constant Reader since 2005 and there weren’t that much King films at that time. Remembered how I was looking forward for Cell. Who knew we’d have a James Franco Time Travels to the 60’s adaptation this year? And Under the Dome? Well, at least it exists. It truly is a great time to be a Stephen King fan!

    • Lucy Lestat

      IT is my favorite book too. I have zero hopes the movies will do the book justice. Afterall, the book is really about the relationship and journey of the losers club and the movie from what it looks like will focus probably on the clown.

  • Mike Wallace

    I’m hoping for a really dark Pet Semetary. NOS4A2 looks like it has promise. The Dark Tower looks as though it has strayed way too far from the source material. Bummer.

    • khail19

      not only the dark part, but it’s grief that I want them to capture perfectly. And add the Wendigo part, too!

  • Joe Atollah

    I want to see the stand done RIGHT. It would have to be a MINIMUM of two full length feature films ala catching fire or the lotr movies.

    • Jeff Eastwood

      Either that or an 8- or 10-part mini-series on at least FX or one of the streaming services. Something needs to take the bad taste away that was the ABC version.

      • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

        the old tv series was AMAZING for it’s time.
        you need to take off your 2016 glasses and put on your early 90’s glasses again, to really appreciate how good it was.

        • Jeff Eastwood

          I re-watched it a few weeks ago hoping that I would like it more the 2nd go around (hadn’t seen it since it first aired) but it just comes off as so… well, even cheesy isn’t quite the right word. Gary Sinise and Ray Walston did an excellent job but the roles of Frannie and Harold are so terribly miscast but glad you like it. I’ve read that Uncle Stevie does, too.

          • Stefan Heikel

            Agreed about Frannie and Harold being miscast. I always pictured someone like Patricia Arquette playing her.

          • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

            the only thing i really disliked was the cgi face changing with flagg.
            that was terrible, and unnecessary.

        • Matt

          Totally agree with you. I loved it.

  • James

    The dark tower looks terrible 🙁

    • Mike Wallace

      Yeah, unfortunately it does.

    • Michael Josef Kappel

      A picture gives you that impression? o.O

      • James

        No everything I’ve read about it so far and the trailer gave me that impression.

  • Peter Johnson

    I’m still waiting on my beloved Rose Red remake. It is a legitimate haunted house epic, and as a kid, I had to rent it (from blockbuster) three separate times until I could make it all the way through without crying out of fear. To this day, it was one of my favorite movies ever.

    • Dumbleburn

      It’s true that a remake would be great !

      • Peter Johnson

        It needs one. I can’t get scared from it anymore because it is too outdated, so I patiently wait for the day when someone decides it should be done. If no one does it, I’m going to do it damn’t

  • Grandpa Fred

    Oh man, NosFart8U was seriously one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Terribly written, lame characters no one gave a fuck about (the girl with the bag of Scrabble tiles was the worst) and just a shit story.

  • Bela Lugosi

    IT, The Stand, and The Mist

  • Grimphantom

    I’m surprise you didn’t add Locke & Key, that means we will see another of Joe Hill’s works on TV.

  • khail19

    I know that it’s not on the list, but most probably they’ll make it eventually, but anybody else feel that Doctor Sleep felt like a made for TV sequel?

    • Dumbleburn

      I’d love to see this happening !

  • Dumbleburn

    Too bad… I really liked Jessie, but I didn’t like at all Flanagan’s movies…
    But I can’t wait to see It and the Dark Tower !!

  • DetroitKelly

    The Dark Tower should be broken up into separate movies, just like the books. There is no way to condense that many books, back stories and side stories, into one cohesive movie without losing some great material.

    • LoveAnimation

      Would be way better as a TV series so they can have everything from the books and dont need to rush anything.

      • DetroitKelly

        Too much censorship on a TV series for those books.

        • Michael Josef Kappel

          Ehem….”Its not TV…Its HBO” 😉

          • DetroitKelly

            Well that’s good. But then how long will take for it to be released on DVD for the folks that don’t pay for cable?

        • LoveAnimation

          They are obviously going top censor a huge bunch of stuff in the movies too that many people would find offensive and complain about.

  • Farid Fajer Paniagua

    I’m really excited for all of these and, as an avid Stpehen King reader, I would also like to see adaptations like a TV series for Duma Key and his other short stories. Also adaptations of not-so-horror books like Joyland!

  • Evan3

    Yeesh. I am a big Stephen King fan, but none of these adaptations excite me. Off the bat, I’ll admit I never read the Dark Tower series (I just haven’t been as drawn to his fantasy work as his horror (and in general, I don’t care for fantasy). I’m sure I’ll get to it someday. Likewise, I haven’t read Mr. Mercedes (nor have I ever heard of it). As to the others.

    1) It – This was promising at first as It is both a flawed book (way too long, and very disconnected. It pales in comparison to his other epics like the Stand) and a flawed mini-series. Both takes had some good aspects, but there is undoubtedly room for improvement. And then they bring on Fukunaga – an exciting and daring director. I had all the faith in the world he could deliver us the best version of King’s book yet. But then we get a huuuuge downgrade to Muschietti in both deliverables (Mama was so dumb) and product (Mama is nowhere near as good as Beasts of No Nation or True Detetive). Plus, unlike Fukunaga, Muschietti can be pushed around by the studio (hell, Mama was his own vision and he let the studio twist it into a CGI snooze-fest). And all the images are so overdone and conventional it looks like they are going for widest-possible appeal than any sort of epic or daring take. I juts bet it’s going to be PG-13.

    2) Gerald’s Game – This is the only book to date of King’s I started and could not finish. It wasn’t bad, it just viscerally disgusted me. I couldn’t make it through – especially the flashback scenes. So I just can’t get excited for any adaptaation of the only King book I couldn’t stomach.

    3) Nos4a2 – I’m sorry. This book royally sucked. Boring. Predictable. Making lame and calculated references to his father’s work. The book is 90% boring chase and then a deflating conclusion. In my mind, a huge failure.

  • GarthD

    Once they revealed the look of Pennywise, any anticipation I had for It disappeared.

    Very curious to see what Flanagan does with Gerald’s Game though. It’s one of the few King books I haven’t read and I’m planning on doing so in anticipation of the movie.

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