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‘Sinister’ Director Enters Stephen King’s ‘Breathing Method’

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse has teamed with Sinister and Exorcism of Emily Rose director and co-writer Scott Derrickson (pictured left) on a screen adaptation of the Stephen King novella Breathing Method, Deadline reports.

They’ve secured an option on King’s work from the author, and the script will be written by Scott Teems.

The novella was part of the 1982 King collection “Different Seasons” and was the only story in the volume that hasn’t yet been adapted. “If focuses on an elderly physician named Dr. Emlyn McCarron who recounts an incident in his career of a patient who was determined to give birth to her illegitimate child, despite her financial difficulties and the social stigma in the 1930s. The patient turns to the doctor because of the book he has written about the Breathing Method, a system to help women through childbirth. She grows close with the doctor, who finds that she is so determined to have the child through the method that she lingers on even after a horrific accident on the way to the hospital.



  • Aaron Emery

    Okay, so Sinister IMO was fantastic (imagery, music, tension) but Breathing Method was a decent enough SHORT story that I don’t see being translated into a feature film, it’s been a couple years since I read it, but if I remember correctly it was pretty boring/ pointless as a short & really had nothing of significance aside from the ending (and that consisted of one quick action that gave some meaning to the rest). I don’t know, I guess maybe I should revisit it.

    • Maybe he has an idea to continue the story after it ended little like Richard Kelly did with “The Box” (which was originally a Twilight Zone episode).

  • Taboo

    Just came back from watching this and I gotta’ say that it was sooooo boring. I wanted to like it so bad and I was so excited to see it, but it just wasn’t that good. It wasn’t even that scary. What I thought would be one of the years better horror flicks turned out to be a yawn-fest lol

  • Darkness69

    I love this novella and have always wanted to see it transformed into a film. It can be made into a feature film, due to the whole intro (elderly gentlemen gathering in a strange club and telling horror stories), which can easily take 15 minutes off the length. All in all, this story deserves a run on the silver screen!

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