8 upcoming Stephen King customizations to look forward to
Get ready, Stephen King Fans. In recent years, the influx of content produced solely for streaming services has made it easier for writers and developers alike to bring their work to life – and no writer has ever seen so productively their work being adapted for the screen like the king of horror himself.
Since King published his first novel Carrie in 1974, there have been nearly 100 feature film and television adaptations of his many novels, short stories, and short stories – and whether the success of newer films and series like It, It: Chapter Two, Pet Sematary, Castle Rock, and The Outsider have been taught us everything – there is a certain demand for them.
While dozens of Stephen King adaptations are currently in development, we know about a handful of them – some of them are remakes of films we’re familiar with, and some of them are completely untapped material – but all of them are based on the work of one of the greatest horror writers of the past 50 years.
Lisey’s story – Limited Series
Based on Stephen King’s 2006 novel of the same name, Lisey’s Story is finally getting its own adaptation for small screens, which premieres exclusively on Apple TV + this June. The 8-episode limited series is designed to bring the same elements of romance and psychological horror as the original novel, which won the Bram Stoker Award. King has stated that Lisey’s story is his favorite of all the novels he’s written, and even wrote the television adaptation himself.
Lisey’s story follows Lisey Landon, widow of bestselling author Scott Landon, as she recalls haunted memories from both her life and that of her late husband. Speaking of the new series, King said, “I wanted to say something about marriage, long marriage, and fame, and the public side and the private side – and the door between those two worlds.”
The series is produced by JJ Abrams and features an outstanding cast including Clive Owen, Joan Allen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sung Kang, Dane DeHaan and Ron Cephas Jones. Julianne Moore will portray the title Lisey.
Aside from a few brief glimpses, a full look at the upcoming series hasn’t been revealed, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long! Lisey’s Story will premiere on June 4th on Apple TV + and will conclude its run with 8 episodes on July 16th.
Fire starter movie
Firestarter is a novel published by King in 1980 and turned into a feature film in 1984. Both follow husband and wife Andy and Vicky McGee to protect their pyrokinetic daughter Charlie from a dangerous organization called The Shop. The original film starred David Keith, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen and Drew Barrymore in one of its earliest performances.
At the 2017 Overlook Film Festival, Universal, in partnership with Blumhouse, announced that it was planning a Firestarter reboot with Akiva Goldsman to direct. Goldsman, who previously produced Stephen King adaptations The Dark Tower and Doctor Sleep, has since left the project.
In December 2019 it was announced that director Keith Thomas would be taking over the Firestarter remake. Thomas recently established himself in the horror genre with his film The Vigil, an incredibly scary film that premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and received positive reviews.
Few details have been released so far about the Firestarter remake, but we do know that Zac Efron (extremely nasty, shockingly nasty, and mean) and Michael Greyeyes (true detective) have been cast as Andy McGee and John Rainbird, respectively. In a recent tweet, Stephen King sent his love to the cast and crew as they prepared to begin filming in Hamilton, Ontario. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2022.
Overlooked – series
This JJ Abrams-produced HBO Max series, while technically not an adaptation of any of King’s novels, will bring the legendary hotel back to the big screen from King’s 1977 horror classic The Shining.
The Overlook Hotel was first seen in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film version of The Shining. It was brought back to life for a TV miniseries in 1997, before being triumphant and final in 2019 in Doctor Sleep, a direct sequel to Kubrick’s original vision. Since then, the fictional hotel has been waiting idly to create more fear.
The new series was announced in April 2020 after HBO Max signed a three-series deal with Abrams and its production company Bad Robot. A 1970s crime drama titled Duster and a live-action adaptation of DC’s Justice League Dark are reportedly the other two projects currently being developed by the Lost producer.
While more specific plot details are not yet known, Ov erlook will serve as the forerunner of Stephen King’s The Shining and is said to include several “iconic characters” from King’s novel. Whether this means fans will see a younger version of the Torrance family or some of the hotel’s other haunted staff remains to be seen.
The dark half – film
Over the years, many acclaimed and cult horror directors have adapted Stephen King’s various novels. Stanley Kubrick directed The Shining, John Carpenter directed Christine, David Cronenberg directed The Dead Zone. In 1993, George A. Romero, the director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow, attempted to adapt King’s 1989 novel The Dark Half. However, the film never lived up to the status of Romero’s other works.
In 2019, it was announced that MGM would collaborate with director Alex Ross Perry on a contemporary adaptation of King’s novel. The story follows the successful author Thad Beaumont, who has been writing under the pseudonym George Stark for several years. When Thad decides to kill his alter ego, Stark takes on a life of its own and begins a vengeful assassination attempt. Alex Ross Perry will also direct Rest Stop, an upcoming feature film based on King’s short story of the same name.
Based on King’s short story Jerusalem Lot (not to be confused with Salem’s Lot), Chapelwaite is an upcoming 10-episode series starring Adrian Brody as Captain Charles Boone, who after the death of his wife and children in the desolate little town Preacher’s Corners goes out to sea only to discover a dark family story. Chapelwaite is said to be set in Maine in the 1850s and premiered on Epix.
Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) will star alongside Brody as Rebecca Morgan, a young writer returning to Preacher’s Corners after college. Production of the horror series began in Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 2020. A release date is expected to be announced shortly.
From a Buick 8 movie
A feature film adaptation of King’s novel about a 1953 Buick Roadmaster serving as a gateway to another dimension has been in talks since 2005 when it was announced that George A. Romero would return to direct the film. In 2007, Tobe Hooper, known for directing the horror classics The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, replaced Romero. However, the project hit roadblock after roadblock and never managed to get funding.
A large-format adaptation of From a Buick 8 is reportedly still in development, this time by director Jim Mickle, starring Thomas Jane. Although the project still appears to be stalling, no new messages have surfaced since August 2020. Will we ever see the old Roadmaster wreak havoc in western Pennsylvania?
The Talisman Series
The Talisman is a 1984 novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub about a twelve-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer who ventures into a strange world inhabited by werewolves and gunslingers to save his dying mother. In 2001, King and Straub released a sequel to The Talisman called Black House. Now a third novel should be on the way, which concludes the decade-long trilogy.
The Talisman is a king novel that fans have wanted to see adapted for some time. With a rich fantasy world to explore and two (soon to be three) novels worth material, The Talisman is a piece of literature to be seen on screen. Well, after years of speculation, the time has finally come. It was recently announced that The Talisman would be adapted as the Netflix original series, with Amblin Partners and Stranger Things creator The Duffer Brothers evolving. Stranger Things producer Curtis Gwinn will be the showrunner.
Salem’s Los – film
Salem’s Lot is the second novel ever published by Stephen King. Salem’s Lot hit shelves in 1975 and was converted into a two-part TV miniseries in 1979, directed by Tobe Hooper. The story follows Ben Mears, who returns to the sleepy city of Lot in Jerusalem a few years later, only to find that the residents are becoming vampires. Although Hooper’s series was a slight departure from the original source material, it nonetheless received considerable recognition and King’s novel remains a highly regarded work of supernatural horror.
In 2019, New Line Cinema confirmed that they would collaborate with Gary Dauberman, director of Annabelle Comes Home, to develop a new feature film adaptation of ‘Salem’s Lot. Dauberman previously co-wrote It and It: Chapter Two and works extensively with James Wan, creator of The Conjuring series of films. Wan will be the producer on Dauberman’s remake ‘Salem’s Lot’ and will even direct a future adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 novel The Tommyknockers. Details on the remakes of The Tommyknockers and ‘Salem’s Lot are to be announced.