Stephen Kingapalooza

In light of the post I recently made about how Stephen Knig’s IT is going to be remade into 2 movies, I thought I should also share some more interesting info that I’ve just received. If you’re a King fan, brace yourself: 2013 is going to be a phantasmagoria of remakes and new adaptations to get you salivating.

Stephen “I am more successful than all of you plebians put together” King

All of the following information comes from this article.

We’ve got a list of not one, not two, but TEN adaptations to get through here. Starting with…

1. CARRIE

Hard to top psycho Sissy Spacek as a blood-drenched telekenetic prom queen, but they’re sure gonna try. I’m actually excited about this one because it looks like they want to make it “darker and more psychological” than the original, and those are two words I absolutely love. Also, Chloe Moretz will be playing the title role, and I think she’s got enough talent to pull this one off.

2. THE EYES OF THE DRAGON

Look to the SyFy channel for this TV series. I never read this one, but it seems to be a fantasy involving dragons and such.

3. IT

I already made a post about this one, so you can just go read that.

4. ROSE MADDER

Not sure how this one is going to turn out. Even King himself doesn’t seem to be much of a fan of the novel, calling it a “stiff, try-too-hard” mix of domestic violence and Greek mythology. However, seeing as I’m obviously a fan of Greek mythology, since it plays a big part in my upcoming novel, PANDORA, I might be inclined to check this one out.

5. PET SEMATARY

The script writer for 1408, Matthew Greenberg, and director Alexandre Aja of The Hills Have Eyes (and other winners like Piranha 3D…) come together for this second adaptation. Nothing is solid yet, so it might still be a while before we see it, but I could get behind this update.

6. 11/22/63

King’s newest book about going back in time to stop the Kennedy assassination is already preparing for the big screen. Unsurprisingly, it’s another massive book, so they’ll have to pick and choose what to focus on. I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s not King’s first foray into the political spectrum, his other one beingThe Dead Zone, which was both a movie and a TV series.

7. A GOOD MARRIAGE

A psychological thriller with a rather bland title, this one is a short story from his recent collection, Full Dark, No Stars. Can it live up to his other successfully adapted short stories like Secret Window and 1408?

8. UNDER THE DOME

Steven Spielberg himself plans to turn this book about a town that gets trapped under a mysterious dome into a Showtime series, with the script written by Brian K. Vaughan of LOST. Sounds like a winning combo, especially since it seems like premium cable series seems to be the best way to go with books and book series these days, with the success of shows like Dexter and Game of Thrones.

9. THE TEN O’CLOCK PEOPLE

Another short story, another movie, another tale about a guy who tries to quit smoking (we get it, King, you used to be a smoker). Maybe it’s about people who have bedtimes before midnight.

10. THE DARK TOWER

This one is going to bridge the movie-series gap and become not only a trilogy of movies, but also a TV series to bridge the movies together. Sound intense? Yeah, it does to me too. I think maybe they should just stick with just an HBO series for this one, but who knows, maybe the mix of movie and TV will be the perfect medium for this dark fantasy series. And with Ron Howard and Javier Bardem on board, I see success in the near future.

As a writer, I am both salivating over this and also throwing up a little in my mouth. Seriously, King, how much dough have you raked in from all these projects? It seems as though everything he writes becomes a movie. That’s pretty insane considering just how prolific he is. I guess the other side of the coin here is that about half of his adaptations end up being campy and horrible, which goes to show that you really can’t win ’em all… but you sure can try!

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5 thoughts on “Stephen Kingapalooza

  1. The Dark Tower trilogy has been in development hell forever and a day… it’s arguably a more ambitious project than LOTR or Avatar were as the adaptation would have to span seven full-length novels on both the big and small screens if Howard + Co really really want to make it a motion picture. If I were them, though, I’d stick to the mini-series format and put it on HBO (like GoT). Psyched though!

    • I never read any of the Dark Tower but I’ve heard good things about it, so I’m kind of excited to see how all of this turns out. It definitely does sound ambitious. Maybe when it all gets going for realsies I’ll finally pick up the first book 🙂 Definitely been wanting to for a while.

  2. WOW! That is a lot of King goodness. I have to admit, although I’m a huge King fan, I tend to only like a handful of his movie/tv adaptations. Still, this is pretty exciting. 🙂

  3. As much as I love the original DePalma version of CARRIE and its awesome 1970s vibe, I’m actually *very* interested in this upcoming version. HIGH SCHOOL BULLIES LOOK THE FUCK OUT.

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