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Stephen King’s ‘Suffer the Little Children’ Getting Feature Film Adaptation

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The Stephen King renaissance is in full swing. And we couldn’t be happier.

Hot on the heels of IT shattering box office records, Deadline reports today Stephen King’s short story Suffer the Little Children is next on deck to receive a feature film adaptation!

Sean Carter (Keep Watching) will direct the film.

First published in 1972, Suffer the Little Children is “a supernatural thriller that centers on a recently divorced first-grade schoolteacher who notices some “unsettling” traits in the children in her class: flashes of a bizarre texture lurking underneath their skin and a chilling, conspiratorial secrecy to the way they play together. And now, people in her new town are dying mysteriously. Is this all just paranoia, or is something more disturbing happening to the children in this town?”

Craig Flores, Nicolas Chartier and Sriram Das are producing.



  • thegunshow

    Sounds reminiscent of “Village of the Damned.”

    • Necro

      Thinking the exact same thing!

    • BloodyDisgusted

      Eh…not really.

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    lol he sure likes to write about children

  • I can’t think of many other writers that are so prolific that an entire renaissance of films specifically based on their work is possible.

    • Khy

      The number of un-adapted King stories are growing smaller and smaller.

  • Bran

    What collection is the short story from?

    • Munchie

      it was finally published in ‘nightmares and dreamscapes.’

  • SutterKane

    I expect we will be hearing a lot of announcements like this in the coming months.

  • Bart Crowe

    Took me a second to remember that short story but it’s a pretty good one from Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

  • Frank Gambino

    This is one of my favorite Stephen King short stories

  • Khy

    And the checks just keep rolling in for Mr. King lol.

    I’m sure after the massive success of IT- studios will be wanting to adapt even King’s birth certificate into a feature length film.

    Everyone was going on about how 2017 was such a King year, but it looks like King might get to claim the rest of the decade if this keeps up. 2018 and 2019 here we come.

    • khail19

      LOL at the birth certificate.

  • Henry Wrinkler

    He deserves it, our generation’s greatest horror writer. Stoked!

  • Geno1987

    I’d rather see a remake of The Langoliers.

    • khail19

      SECONDED! Terrified by that movie when I was a kid, watched it again 8 years ago or so, and was the first time my nostalgia glasses shattered into a million pieces.

      • I HATE when that happens. There are things from childhood that I loved that i am afraid to watch now because I’m afraid I will ruin them by seeing them without the poorly developed sense of taste I had as a kid. I just skip over them and try to pretend they are as awesome as I remember, though I’m sure The Greatest American Hero and the original Wonder Woman TV show are pretty bad.

  • chris

    What collection is the short story from?

    • Josh_the_Jawa

      Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

  • carl

    This is one of my favorite Stephen King short stories

  • Necro

    ‘Sometimes They Come Back’, ‘The Langoliers’, and I’m on the fence with this one, but ‘Graveyard Shift’ could all use a re-do.

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