There are certain authors that Hollywood just can't get enough of, and one of those names 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!
IT: Chapter 2
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 1 has been crowned as the biggest horror movie of all time, we are now preparing for the adult-centric sequel, IT: Chapter 2. Muschietti is expected to return, and production will start in 2018.
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Status: In Development
Like IT, The Stand became a mini-series when it was first adapted back in the 1990s -- once again the source material's length being considered a problem for the film world. Challenges are being damned, however, as Warner Bros. is moving forward with a feature version of the story, which is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the few survivors of a deadly pandemic find themselves splitting into two factions, following the leadership of two very different individuals. While the project has been delayed a few times, the movie is being written and directed by Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars, New Mutants), but it isn't the only Stephen King adaptation he has in the works...