The king of horror returns. Mastermind behind Hellish entities such as the Crimson King, Pennywise the Clown and Randall Flagg. The man who turned a loving St. Bernard into the hauntingly grotesque killing machine Cujo. The man who turned young toddler, Gage Creed, into an undead messenger. We’ll soon get to see more movies based on work by Stephen King
Good news and bad. Bad news first. As far as we know, King isn’t writing more movies. The good news is, he doesn’t have to. While King has been known to act as executive producer and even writer on some film/TV adaptations, the fact is his material is sitting on the shelf. All it takes is a little reading by the production team and a little creativity.
Hollywood has found success adapting King with IT Chapters 1 and 2, the Mist, 1922, Shawshank Redemption and the Green Mile. With these upcoming films and TV shows, King fans hope to find the same theatrical success. Either way, we’re all excited.
Once in a generation, the plague shall fall among them. In 1994, King’s 1200 page epic garnered a four part ABC miniseries. The story was simply too long for just one movie. And still is.
After a government experiment goes awry and a security guard flees the base, a biological weapon is released into the world instead of contained. The superflu spreads at an alarming rate and soon wipes out most of the waking world. Governments collapse and what’s left of society is plunged into darkness. As the reader/viewer, we follow the remaining survivors and their struggles to stay alive.
But the survivors start having dreams. Strange dreams. Some dream of a cornfield in Nebraska and the old woman who lives there. She plays her guitar on her front porch and sings sweetly to her guests. She tells them to come see her in Hemingford Home, Nebraska. Her name is Mother Abigail. She’s 104 years old and she still makes her own bread.
Others have dreams of a man in jeans and a denim jacket. Sitting in the desert by a campfire. He urges them to come to Las Vegas. “‘I will set you to burn,” the dark man said gravely.
Two forces, rebuilding the world in their vision. Their paths, as if by prevision, intersect. What takes place is a story that could very well be plucked from the Old Testament. The forces of good and evil go to war in King’s longest, and considered to be his very best book.
Instead of ABC, The Stand will premiere on the CBS All Access Network. Starring Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abigail and James Marsden as Stu Redman, we’ll see a whole new take on the post-apocalyptic tale. Portraying Randall Flagg is Alexander Skarsgård. You may know his brother Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown in Stephen King’s IT Chapters 1 and 2.
A little league baseball coach is accused of committing the heinous murder of a young boy. Prints are found on the mutilated body that point directly to beloved coach. But when he was discovered on camera out of town the day of the murder, investigators are left scratching their heads. Was he in two places at once? Or did something outside the town arrive?
If you haven’t seen the HBO trailer, check it out:
Starring Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo and Ben Mendelsohn, The Outsider comes to town January 12th, 2020. The bleak atmosphere sets the tone. Something bigger than us is here. Hanging over our heads. With no affection for mankind. Sinister and creepy, this one may dangle in the back of our minds as we drift to sleep at night.
My personal favorite King book. Revival hits readers head on with eldritch horrors. The story of a preacher who’s lost everything he cares about in his life: his family and his faith. Charles Jacobs leaves the church and searches for an answer to an age old question that’s better left unanswered. What happens after we die?
Josh Boone, director of The Fault In Our Stars (quite a leap from romance to horror) is set to direct the film adaptation. He’s teased in an interview that Russel Crowe is attached and hinted at a rumor Samuel L. Jackson may jump on board. Josh Boone is currently in production creating The Stand miniseries, so when that releases, we hope to hear more about The Revival project.
Boone’s name is connected to another King adaptation. An announcement came recently Boone will write the screenplay for the Talisman. Relatively new to horror, Boone’s version of The Stand will act as a litmus test for King fans.
Two names: Stephen King and James Wan. That’s a horror fan’s dream. Just like in 1982 with Creepshow when Stephen King wrote the screenplay, George A. Romero directed, and Tom Savini did the special effects.
Unfortunately, James Wan won’t be directing this one. But he will be producing The Tommyknockers. And with King dismissing his own book as “awful,” we might see Wan and director Roy Lee take Tommyknockers down a different path. With their track record, the Tommyknockers may end up being one of King’s best adaptations and one of the few instances where the movie is better than the book.
There’s plenty more rumors and announcements for Stephen King movies to get excited for, but it’s Christmas Eve and we’ll let you dream sweetly of sugar plums. Not of Randall Flagg or Annie Wilkes.
Keep an eye out for these upcoming Stephen King movies/series. You’ll certainly have to sleep with at least one open after seeing these!
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