What Other Stephen King Books Are Currently Being Made into Movies?
Since the late 1970s, Stephen King has been everywhere. His first two novels, Carrie and Salem’s Lot, were naturally the first ones to be adapted for the screen. Ever since, his works have been seemingly everywhere.
This week, director Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep brings King’s sequel to The Shining to life. So now is the perfect time to take a closer look at other King projects in the works. Here’s a glimpse at the frights heading to a screen near you soon.
The king of all bibliographies
We’ll get to what Hollywood has in the queue for after Doctor Sleep‘s theatrical release in a moment. But let’s pause for a moment to appreciate the impact King’s work has had on the big and small screens. After all, a number of his epic novels have been made as TV movies or miniseries.
Stories like Bag of Bones, The Tommyknockers, and Under the Dome have been adapted for television. Meanwhile, King’s works have inspired classic films like Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, and Stand By Me. The author is one of the only novelists whose name is a brand unto itself.
In the past couple of years, King’s extensive bibliography has been enjoying a big-screen resurgence of sorts. It broke records in 2017, spawning this year’s sequel. Also, we’ve gotten a Pet Sematary remake and Netflix adaptations like Gerald’s Game and In the Tall Grass.
What’s coming after ‘Doctor Sleep’?
And King’s reign is far from over. Salem’s Lot is finally getting the big-screen treatment, with It screenwriter Gary Dauberman attached. That story centers on a writer returning to his hometown only to discover the residents are becoming vampires.
Then there’s The Long Walk, based on the 1979 novel King published as Richard Bachman. André Øvredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) will direct the film, though no release date has been set. Set in a dystopian future, The Long Walk centers on a brutal annual walking contest.
Finally, filmmaker William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) is set to write and direct a film adaptation of From a Buick 8. Like King’s Christine, the story of this 2002 novel deals with a supernatural car. The project has been stuck in development for nearly 15 years, with George Romero and Tobe Hooper attached at various points.
Does ‘Stephen King fatigue’ even exist?
In addition to the above films, several King works are heading to television. The Stand is being remade as a miniseries on CBS All Access, following the 1994 version. Apple TV+ is developing a miniseries based on King’s 2006 novel Lisey’s Story, and HBO is adapting The Outsider, published just last year.
With all of these King stories on the way, one has to wonder whether audiences will tire of his work. After all, Castle Rock is still on Hulu, and Shudder recently launched its Creepshow series. Does all this amount to too much King?
That’s unlikely, considering how the market has always been flooded to some degree with his stories. Besides, with so much variety within his bibliography, King has plenty to offer fans of pretty much any kind of horror. We’ll put that theory to the test when Doctor Sleep arrives in theaters.