2017 has been a busy year for prolific author Stephen King in terms of adaptations. Even though The Dark Tower has received mixed reviews and some fans may have even lost faith in book-to-screen translations, there are still plenty more adaptations on their way. Stay tuned for this list of film/TV re-tellings scheduled for release in the near future.
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Iconic clown Pennywise is officially returning on Sept 8 and ‘IT’ is ready to terrorize a new generation. Be prepared and remember: we warned you.
2. The Mist
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In Bridgton, Maine, the townfolks find themselves trapped within the supermarket by an encroaching mist. As the characters find themselves surrounded by bloodthirsty creatures, they must find a means of survival by standing up to what lurks in the unknown.
The film adaptation of The Mist was out in 2007; the director, Frank Darabont, also went on to bring The Walking Dead to television in 2010. However, like most of Stephen King’s works, reimagined tellings seem inevitable. This year, Spike TV and Danish writer and filmmaker Christian Torpe developed a 10-hour long series that was released in June, but will be available for streaming on Netflix from August 25. Once you’ve watched both the film and the TV adaptation, you can decide for yourself which book-to-screen effort is better.
3. Castle Rock
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One of the most finely crafted fictional universse, Castle Rock appears in several of King’s novels. In Hulu’s upcoming adaptation, JJ Abrams aims to interconnect parts of Dolores Claiborne, It, Needful Things, ‘Salem’s Lot, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Dreamcatcher, Night Shift, The Green Mile, Misery, Hearts in Atlantis, The Shining, The Mangler, Four past Midnight, Different Seasons, Nightmares & Dreamscapes… and the list may go on. Although King expressed that he will not be writing any of the episodes, he is trusting Abrams to pen them, and production begins this August.
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Released in 1992, Gerald’s Game revolves around a couple who decide to enjoy an outdoors excursion and visit a remote cabin in the woods. While being handcuffed to her bed, the woman accidentally kills her husband. Lying next to her husband’s corpse, hopelessness of escape looms over and she cannot help but let voices inside her head take over control.
Netflix has announced that the film adaptation of this novel will be released on Sept 29. Starring Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood and Henry Thomas, Gerald’s Game will be the second Stephen King film released in September, following IT. Though this might not involve a complex story-line or an entangled web of characters, it is a tightly-packed thriller full of unexpected turns.
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Wilfred James admitted to murdering her wife with aid from their teenage son in 1922 because he can no longer tolerate his wife’s spirits haunting him from place to place. We follow him closely through the first-person narrative and see the world through his perspective. However, are the things he tells us fact or are they mere fabrication and a sign of his escalating madness?
Published in November 2011, Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of four novellas dealing with the theme of vengeance. While the second and last installments, Big Driver and A Good Marriage had been adapted for release in 2014, the other two, 1922 and Fair Extension remain untouched. Good news is, Netflix will adapt the first book of the series into a film and main characters have already been casted. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Jane will play Wilfred and House of Cards actress Molly Parker will assume the role of Arlette.
Sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep takes place twenty years later. Still at the Outlook Hotel, the middle-aged Danny Torrance is traumatized by previous events. As he follows after his father’s footsteps and pick up alcoholism and anger management issues, he tries to straighten up his life by moving to a small town in New Hampshire. After relinquishing alcoholic indulgence, his psychic abilities reemerge and he is able to provide comfort and pacify those who are troubled by imminent death. From then on, he assumes the name, Doctor Sleep. As he becomes acquainted with a 12-year-old through psychic connections, he realizes that he must save her from a paranormal tribe.
Doctor Sleep will be adapted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and Stephen King himself will act as the executive producer. Shortly after Goldsman had casted Matthew Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in Sony’s adaption of The Dark Tower, he became involved with Doctor Sleep. Due to the questionable format of adaptation for The Dark Tower, the extent of Doctor Sleep’s success remain uncertain.
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Before you frown and wonder how this title managed to earn a place on this list, remember the recent film only managed to scratch the surface of this enormous fictional universe and there is so much more to look forward to. Thankfully, the Hollywood Reporter informed us that Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) will pick up The Dark Tower as a tv series. Though a network has not been announced, Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures Television will be producing. Even if you were disappointed at the film adaptation, an episodic delivery format through television screens should sound promising.
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