Get ready, Stephen King fans. In recent years, the influx of content produced exclusively for streaming services has made it easier for authors and creators to see their work come to life – and no author has ever been more prolific in seeing their work adapted for the screen like the King of Horror himself.
Ever since King published his first novel Carrie in 1974 there were nearly 100 feature films and television adaptations of his many novels, short stories and novellas – and as the success of recent films and series such as It, It: Chapter Two, Pet Sematary, Castle Rock, and The outsider has taught us everything – it is that there is a clear demand for it.
While there are dozens of Stephen King adaptations in development right now, here’s what we know about a handful – some of which are remakes of movies we’re familiar with, and some of which are completely untapped material – but all of which are based on the work of a 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 minor screen adaptation, premiering exclusively on Apple TV + in June. The 8-part limited series is said to contain the same elements of romance and psychological horror as the original Bram Stoker Award-winning novel. King has stated that Lisey’s Story is his favorite of all the novels he has written and even wrote the television adaptation himself.
Lisey’s Story follows Lisey Landon, the widow of bestselling author Scott Landon, as she recalls haunted memories from both her life and the life of her late husband. When King spoke about the new series, he said, “I wanted to say something about marriage, long marriage, and celebrities, and the side of lives that are public and the side of lives that are private – and the door between those two worlds. “
The series was produced by J.J. Abrams, and has a great cast, including Clive Owen, Joan Allen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sung Kang, Dane DeHaan, and Ron Cephas Jones. Julianne Moore will play the titular Lisey.
Aside from a few brief glimpses, a full look at the upcoming series has not been revealed, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long! Lisey’s Story premieres on Apple TV + on June 4 and ends on July 16 with 8 episodes.
Fire starter – Movie
Fire starter is a novel published by King in 1980 and later adapted into a feature film in 1984. Both follow husband and wife Andy and Vicky McGee as they race to protect their pyrokinetic daughter Charlie from a dangerous organization known as The Shop. The original film starred David Keith, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen and Drew Barrymore in one of its first performances.
At the 2017 Overlook Film Festival, Universal, in collaboration with Blumhouse, announced that a reboot of Firestarter was in the works, with Akiva Goldsman as director. Goldsman, who previously produced Stephen King adaptations The dark tower and Doctor Sleep, has since deviated from the project.
In December 2019, it was announced that director Keith Thomas would step in to remove the Fire starter remake. Thomas has recently established himself within the horror genre with his film The vigil, an incredibly creepy movie that premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews.
Few details have been revealed about the Fire starter remake, but what we do know is that Zac Efron (Extremely bad, shockingly evil and mean) and Michael Greyeyes (Real 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 got ready to begin filming in Hamilton, Ontario. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2022.
Survey – Series
While not technically an adaptation of any of King’s novels, this HBO Max series is produced by J.J. Abrams returns to the screen of the iconic hotel from King’s 1977 horror classic, The Shining.
The Overlook Hotel first appeared on-screen in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film version of The shining. It was revived again in 1997 for a TV miniseries, for a triumphant and final time in 2019 Doctor Sleep, a direct sequel to Kubrick’s original vision. Since then, the fictional hotel has been idly waiting to scare even more.
The new series was announced in April 2020, after HBO Max signed a three-series deal with Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot. A 1970s crime drama titled Duster, and a live action adaptation of DCs Justice League Dark, are said to be the other two projects currently being developed by the Lost producer.
While more specific plot details are still unclear, OvThe fact is, you don’t have to worry about getting bored.erlook will serve as a prequel to Stephen King’s The shining, and is said to feature several ‘iconic characters’ from King’s novel. Whether that means fans will get to see a younger version of the Torrance family, or some of the hotel’s other haunted former employees, remains to be seen.
The dark half – Movie
Over the years, many acclaimed and cult horror directors have adapted Stephen King’s various novels. Directed Stanley Kubrick The shining, Directed John Carpenter Christine, David Cronenberg, The dead zone. In 1993, George A. Romero, the director of Night of the living dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Scary show, tried 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, with director Alex Ross Perry, would be providing 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 a number of years. When Thad decides to kill his alter ego, Stark takes on a life of its own and embarks on a vengeful killing spree. Alex Ross Perry is also set to direct the upcoming feature film Rest stop, based on King’s short story of the same name.
Chapelwaite – Series
Based on King’s short story Jerusalem’s Lot (not to be confused with Salem’s Lot), Chapelwaite is a 10-episode series starring Adrian Brody as Captain Charles Boone, who moves with his children to the gloomy town of Preacher’s Corners after his wife dies at sea to discover a dark family history. Chapelwaite was set in 1850’s Maine, and will premiere on Epix.
Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) will star alongside Brody as Rebecca Morgan, a young writer who returns to Preacher’s Corners after college. The horror series began production in Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 2020, so a release date is expected soon.
From a Buick 8 – Movie
A feature film adaptation of King’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster novel that serves as a gateway to another dimension has been in talks since 2005, when it was announced that George A. Romero would be returning to direct the film. In 2007, Tobe Hooper, best known for directing 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 big screen adaptation of From a Buick 8 is reportedly still in development, this time from director Jim Mickle, with Thomas Jane ready to play the lead role. Although the project still seems to be on hold as no new news has surfaced since August 2020. Will we ever see the vintage Roadmaster wreak havoc in Western Pennsylvania?
The Talisman – Series
The fact is, you don’t have to worry about getting bored.The Talisman is a novel written by Stephen King and Peter Straub in 1984, about a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer who ventures into a strange world inhabited by werewolves and revolvers to save his dying mother. In 2001 King and Straub published a sequel to The Talisman entitled Black House. Now it is said that a third novel is on the way, closing the decades-long trilogy.
The Talisman is a King novel that fans have wanted to see adapted for a while. With a rich fantasy world to explore and two (three soon) novels of material, The Talisman is a piece of literature begging to be seen on screen. Well, after years of speculation, the time has finally come. That was recently announced The Talisman will be adapted as a Netflix original series, with Amblin Partners and Strange things creators The Duffer Brothers. Strange things producer Curtis Gwinn will act as showrunner.
Salem’s Lot – Movie
The fact is, you don’t have to worry about getting bored.Salem’s Lot is the second novel ever published by Stephen King. On stage in 1975, Salem’s Lot would later be adapted into a two-part TV miniseries directed by Tobe Hooper in 1979. The story follows Ben Mears, who returns to the sleepy Jerusalem town of Lot after a few years, but discovers that the residents are turning into vampires. Although Hooper’s series differs slightly from the original source material, it still received widespread acclaim, and King’s novel remains a highly regarded work of supernatural horror.
In 2019, New Line Cinema confirmed that they would be developing a new feature film adaptation of Salem’s Lot, with Annabelle comes home director Gary Dauberman. Dauberman previously wrote both It, and It: Chapter Two, and regularly works with James Wan, the creator of The Conjuring film series. Wan will act as a producer on Dauberman’s Salem’s Lot remake, and will even direct a future adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 novel The Tommyknockers. Details all around The Tommyknockers and Salem’s Lot remakes have yet to be announced.