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There are certain authors that Hollywood just can't get enough of, and one of those is Stephen King. Sure, it helps that the guy is one of the most prolific writers of the last 50 years, constantly putting out novels, novellas and short stories, but the reality is that filmmakers never seem to tire of King's particular voice and storytelling. Not even counting TV shows or miniseries, there are more than 40 King adaptations that have been released over the years, and there are many more set to come out in the next few years.
Below we'll dive into the titles that are currently in the works -- whether finished and about to come out, or in development. Read on to learn about all of the upcoming Stephen King projects.
The Stand - TV Miniseries - Premiering December 17, 2020
Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic fantasy novel The Stand was already given the miniseries treatment back in the 1990s, but the fan-favorite book about a weaponized version of the influenza virus is getting a new adaptation on the CBS All Access streaming platform before year’s end.
The 10-episode limited series from writer-director Josh Boone, who was once attached for a film adaptation, stars James Marsden, Amber Heard, and Alexander Skarsgård as the powerful and nefarious Randall Flagg. And if the show is anything like the chilling trailer that dropped in September 2020, it will meet and exceed the hype from even the most devoted Stephen King fan. Be on the lookout for The Stand on December 17, 2020.
Children Of The Corn - Movie - In Production
The Stephen King short story Children of the Corn has been adapted more than just about any other of the writer’s works over the years, but we will soon see yet another version. This time around, the adaptation will be more of a prequel directed by Kurt Wimmer, who was able to continue shooting the yet-to-be-named movie during the Coronavirus pandemic in Australia. The film stars Elena Kampouris, Kate Moyer, Callan Mulvey, and Bruce Spence.
Chapelwaite - TV Miniseries - In Production
Stephen King’s 1978 short story “Jerusalem’s Lot” will also be getting a television adaptation in the near future with the Epix series titled Chapelwaite, starring Adrien Brody and Rebecca Morgan in the lead roles.
According to Deadline, the series, which is the first from Epix’s in-house production team Epix Productions, was originally slated to premiere in Fall 2020, but production delays because of COVID-19 have left that up in the air. According to Huddle, production was back in full swing in August when Brody was spotted in Halifax, but we still don’t know when we’ll see the adaptation of King’s story about the residents of a small town in Maine in 1850.
The Long Walk - Movie - In Production
You would think that Stephen King’s first novel The Long Walk (under the pseudonym Richard Bachman) would have been adapted by the point in time, but the 1979 novel about a group of 100 teenage boys forced to march across the country remains one of the few early books by the horror writer left off the screen. Well, filmmaker Andre Ovredal hopes to be the one who changes that now that he has been given the reins. In an August 2020 interview with HeyUGuys.com (via The List), the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director explained that he is working on the project to be released by New Line and Warner Bros., but had to pump the brakes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He hopes production can resume once everything blows over.
Lisey’s Story - TV Miniseries - In Production
Film and television productions around the world were brought to a halt in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the long-awaited Lisey’s Story Apple TV+ series was one of the many victims of the shutdown.
According to IndieWire, The Pablo Larrain-directed series starring Julianne Moore as a distraught widow overcoming the death of her husband, was six-months into shooting and only had a few weeks left when production was shut down. Like the novel on which it is based, Stephen King is writing the miniseries that will explore grief and memories of a lost loved one.
The Talisman - Movie - In Development
The Stephen King and Peter Straub novel, The Talisman has long been one of the adaptations that fans want to see most but remains one that can’t seem to make it to the big screen. Back in mid-October 2017, it was announced that Josh Boone would be taking a spin at the 1984 book about 12-year-old Jack Sawyer, whose dying mother continually keeps moving him all around the country. In March 2019, however, EW reported that Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale director Mike Barker would be taking over the project being produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin. But like a lot of King’s adaptations, there hasn’t been any information since then. Hopefully, something is worked out soon.
Revelations - TV Miniseries - In Development
The CW is reportedly in the early stages of developing Revelations, a new series based on The Revelations of ‘Becka Paulson. According to Deadline, the show is being set up as a one-hour drama and follow a character who starts speaking with Jesus after accidentally shooting herself with a nail gun.
Revival - Movie - In Development
A film adaptation of Stephen King’s 2014 novel Revival has been in the works for more than a couple years now, with multiple directors attached to the project, including Josh Boone. However, Deadline reported in May 2020 that Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan has been put in control of the project that is said to have Russell Crowe attached to star in the film about Charles Jacobs, a charismatic preacher in a small New England town who goes through a crisis of faith following the death of his wife and child, and begins supernatural experiments with electricity as a means of faith healing.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone - TV Miniseries - In Development
The powerhouse team of Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum are going to be adapting the Stephen King short story Mr. Harrigan’s Phone for Netflix. According to THR, the story will follow a young boy and an older billionaire whose friendship goes beyond the grave.
Salem’s Lot - Movie - In Development
Gary Dauberman, the writer of It and It Chapter Two, will soon be responsible for yet another Stephen King adaptation when he directs the vampire thriller Salem’s Lot. Based on the 1975 novel of the same name, the upcoming horror movie will center around an author returning to write about an abandoned mansion in his hometown only to discover that its new owner is up to something very strange. At the time of the announcement in April 2020, THR noted that Dauberman will also be writing the script for the upcoming horror movie.
Carrie - TV Miniseries - In Development
Stephen King’s classic 1974 novel Carrie is getting yet another adaptation, but this will be the first time it will be on television, and with some major changes. According to Collider, this version of the trouble teenager will likely be cast as a trans performer or actress of color. Word of the show first came out in December 2019, so it will probably be some time before we see the new version.
Mile 81 - Movie - In Development
Various filmmakers have had success in adapting Stephen King’s novellas over the years, and Allistair Legrand looks to continue that tradition when he directs the horror-thriller Mile 81, based on King’s 2011 story. The story centers around a small group of strangers who try to survive an attack by a mysterious force at a boarded-up rest stop. The project was first announced by Deadline in February 2019, but nothing has come of it since. There is also another similar King story being adapted in Rest Stop, which Deadline described as a cat and mouse thriller. Like with Mile 81, there hasn’t been any new information for more than a year now.
Overlook - TV Miniseries - In Development
Following the release of the terrifying Doctor Sleep in 2019, Stephen’s King’s The Shining has become a hot property once again, and it appears HBO Max and J.J. Abrams are making the most of it with the announced Overlook series that will appear on Warner Media’s latest streaming platform sometime in the near future. According to a report by THR in April 2020, the upcoming 10-episode series will focus on the characters and famous haunted hotel featured in King’s 1977 novel and the 1980 film adaptation.
Throttle - Movie - In Development
With a title like Throttle, you might think that one of the most recently announced Stephen King adaptations would be a new version of Maximum Overdrive, but instead of possessed electronics, this HBO Max original film will focus on a biker gang taking on a maniacal tractor-trailer driver on the open highway. According to Deadline, Throttle will very much be a father and son story, but with a lot of action.
Sleeping Beauties - TV Miniseries - In Development
One of Stephen King’s more recent novels, Sleeping Beauties, which he co-wrote with his son Owen King, will be another television adaptation that fans of the prolific writer can hopefully look forward to in the coming years. In 2019, EW reported that AMC ordered a pilot script based on the novel about a world where women vanishing into mysterious cocoons and the men who aren’t all that equipped to handle the situation.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Movie - In Development
Stephen King’s 1999 novella The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon will soon get the big-screen treatment, according to Deadline. In May 2020, Village Roadshow secured the rights of the novella about a preteen girl lost in the Appalachian Trail who fantasizes about a certain Boston Red Sox pitcher, and in November 2020 it was confirmed that Lynn Ramsay will be directing the project. It's unclear when the project will start production.
The Institute - TV Miniseries - In Development
While the world is still waiting to learn of the fate of the Audience series Mr. Mercedes, the creative team behind the show — David E. Kelley and Jack Bender — are working on another Stephen King property. This time around, they are adapting King’s 2019 novel The Institute, which follows a young boy taken to a compound housing other kids with powers that are used by governments for their own gain. The show was first announced by Deadline in September 2019, but there haven’t been any concrete details since then.
The Boogeyman - Movie - In Development
It was first announced in June 2018 that Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place) would be adapting Stephen King’s short story The Boogeyman for 20th Century Fox, but the deal has been in a state of limbo ever since Disney acquired the studio and its various properties in 2019.
The Breathing Method - Movie - In Development
Scott Derrickson, the former Marvel director who made a name for himself with The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister, is slated to direct the Stephen King short story The Breathing Method, but the project has made any progress since SlashFilm reported on the filmmaker’s involvement in December 2019.
Joyland - TV Miniseries - In Development
And then there is Joyland, Stephen King’s 2013 horror novel that was first announced to be adapted for Freeform back in October 2018. According to Deadline, the cable channel ordered a pilot script based on the story of a college student taking what appears to be a normal summer job at an amusement park only to find that the park and the town in which it was built hold dark secrets. Since the announcement nearly two years ago, however, there haven’t been any additional details about the show.
The Dark Half - Movie - In Development
The Stephen King 1989 novel The Dark Half was previously adapted by the late George A. Romero, but it appears Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell) will be taking a shot at one of King’s best-selling works. The news was first announced by Deadline in December 2019, when it was revealed that the project would center around a struggling author whose life takes a crazy turn.
From A Buick 8 - Movie - In Development
Thomas Jane is no stranger to Stephen King’s body of work, especially after that shocking ending at the end of 2007’s The Mist, and it appears the actor will be taking another spin at King’s work with the upcoming adaptation of From A Buick 8. The novel centers around a small town in rural Pennsylvania plagued by supernatural events surrounding a mysterious Buick. Deadline first reported on the adaptation in December 2019, but there’s no new information at this point.
The Tommyknockers - Movie - In Development
James Wan has more than enough credits to be called a modern horror master - but one venture he has not undertaken so far in his career is helming a Stephen King adaptation. That won't exactly happen with The Tommyknockers, based on the author's 1987 novel, but he is on-board as a producer. Set in Maine, this actually leans more toward science-fiction than horror, as it centers on a small neighborhood that is slowly preyed upon by a mysterious extraterrestrial object in the woods. However, there hasn’t been any updates since Variety reported on the story back in 2018.
Firestarter - Movie - In Development
Blumhouse Productions has become one of the biggest names in horror in recent years, and they are ready to get into the world of Stephen King adaptations with a remake of Firestarter. In the works since Spring 2017, the movie will once again tell the story of a young married couple who have to go on the run to protect their pyrokinetic daughter from a government agency known as The Shop. The upcoming adaptation was expected to hit theaters at some point in 2021, but no updates have been made since late 2019.
Suffer The Little Children - Movie - In Development
Stephen King clearly has a few of his epics in the works, but Suffer The Little Children is based on one of his shorts from Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Changed a bit to fit feature length, the story will follow Miss Emily Sidley, a divorced first grade teacher. She begins to notice that her students are acting a bit strange, and eventually it's revealed that they are not really her students at all, but instead alien creatures that are inhabiting their bodies. Per a September 2017 project announcement, the movie is being made by writer/director Sean Carter.
Drunken Fireworks - Movie - In Development
Drunken Fireworks is a unique short story in Stephen King's repertoire, if not just because it actually debuted first as an audiobook. It's been published since, in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, but now it's ready to make another medium change. Set to star and possibly be directed by James Franco, the story is about two neighbors in Maine separated by a lake, but connected by a desire for competition. Each year during the Fourth of July, they both strive to put on the most incredible fireworks display possible. The adaptation was first announced in June 2016.
Hearts - Movie - In Development
In 2001, director Scott Hicks made the Stephen King adaptation Hearts in Atlantis, which is actually based on two of his stories which are not called "Hearts in Atlantis," the King-written short/novella collection that also shares that title. Now, however, that actual story from the book is being made into a film. British director Johannes Roberts signed on to direct the movie in September 2016, which will follow a group of college Freshman during the Vietnam War who find themselves getting completely addicted to the card game Hearts -- only to find it start to totally destroy their lives.
Rose Madder - Movie - In Development
Domestic violence is understandably a common element in a lot of Stephen King's work, and in his 1995 novel Rose Madder it is put front and center. An abused woman named Rose realizes that she can't continue her life with her husband, and makes the decision to run away. This is an action fraught with consequences, the biggest being the fact that her vindictive husband chases after her, but it also presents many new opportunities, as well as a strange discovery of what seems to be a magical painting. The film adaptation of this book was announced in Summer 2017, with The Debt helmer Assaf Bernstein attached to direct.
Those are all the Stephen King adaptations in the works. We’ll still have to wait and see what happens with the Hulu series Castle Rock and the Audience show Mr. Mercedes (especially after Warner Media shut down the channel), but hopefully, they’re able to continue.