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 film adaptations that have been released in theaters... and there are many more set to come out in the next few years.
While you can check out our streaming guide to find the adaptations that have already been made and are currently available, below and across the next few pages we'll dive into the titles that are currently in the works -- be they finished and about to come out, or just announced in the last few months. Read on to learn about all of the upcoming Stephen King movies!
Directed by Mary Lambert, 1989's Pet Sematary exists as one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made - but directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer are going to do their best to either top it, or at least put their own special spin on it. Set to star Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, the film will tell the story of a couple that is devastated when their young son is killed in an accident. Despite warnings from their neighbor, they enact a plan to bring the body to a special graveyard where they hope he will be resurrected. What they don't fully grasp, though, is that those who come back don't come back the same.
Release Date: April 5, 2019
IT: Chapter Two
Thanks in large part to its impressive length, Stephen King's IT was seen as unadaptable in feature-form for decades -- but then director Andres Muschietti came along and proved everyone wrong. The book's narrative, in which a group of childhood friends must vanquish an evil force that haunts their home town, has been split into two separate halves, and now that the kid-centric IT: Chapter One has been crowned as the biggest horror movie of all time, we are now preparing for the adult-centric sequel, IT: Chapter Two. Muschietti is back at the helm, and set to play the adult versions of The Losers Club are Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, and Andy Bean.
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Status: In Pre-Production
While it's notoriously not one of Stephen King's favorites, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is in most eyes a remarkable masterpiece of psychological terror. That in mind, any follow-up story is certainly going to be the subject of intense scrutiny, but that's just something that Doctor Sleep will have to go through. The book, which was King's 50th novel, follows up with adult Danny Torrence, who has grown up to be an angry alcoholic like his father, and sees the continued development of his psychic abilities with a young girl named Abra, who has similar gifts. Akiva Goldsman, who has some experience with King adaptations having worked on Nicolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower, was hired to pen the adaptation in Spring 2016, but since then Mike Flanagan - who has his own bit of King history with Gerald's Game - has come aboard as director and is doing his own draft. Ewan McGregor is attached to star as Danny, while the rest of the cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Chelsea Talmadge, Zahn McClarnon, and Alex Essoe.
Release Date: January 24, 2020