Whether you think it’s necessary or not, this weekend will see the release of the second adaptation of Stephen King’s famous 1974 novel, Carrie. Directed by the talented Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) and starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, the new film reportedly features a script more faithful to the original novel than Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation.
Arguments aside as to whether a second Carrie adaptation is necessary given the original film’s status as a classic, it’s as good a time as any to admire the unbelievable success that King has had in having his work translated to the big screen. Although King has sometimes been criticized over the years for his sentimentality and a knack for convention, there’s no doubt his work has been remarkable in making the leap to a film world that has proven anything but straightforward.
You only have to take a glance at the list of King adaptations to see just how successful and prolific the author’s work is on the silver screen. Along with this weekend’s Carrie reboot, his 2009 novel, Under the Dome, was successfully turned into a record-breaking drama on CBS. Additionally, an adaptation of The Dark Tower series — which King refers to as his magnum opus — looks more likely than ever to make the leap to the screen, while new adaptations of The Stand and It loom in the near future.
For now, here’s a list of the top five Stephen King film adaptations.