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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 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!

Danny Torrence Ewan McGregor Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

Status: Completed

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: November 8, 2019

The Stand Stephen King

The Stand

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).

The Talisman Stephen King

The Talisman

Status: Announced

Josh Boone is very clearly a Stephen King fan, as he is not only developing a big screen version of The Stand, but also one of the most recent adaptations that has started to see its gears turning. Announced in mid-October 2017, the writer/director is now working on a take on The Talisman, based on the 1984 book that King co-wrote with Peter Straub. The story centers on 12-year-old Jack Sawyer, whose mother continually keeps moving him all around the country. The reason for this is because she's dying, and in order to save her Jack must go on an adventure in the "Territories" -- a parallel reality where he can find the mystical talisman that will let his mom survive.

Revival Stephen King


Status: In Development

Now it's time to discuss the third Stephen King adaptation that Josh Boone is currently cooking up (it makes you wonder how many he'll actually make, but, then again, Frank Darabont made that many). Going back a couple years, Boone has been working on a film version of Revival, with King's 2014 novel serving as source material. Said to have Russell Crowe attached to star the film looks at the story of 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.

Firestarter Drew Barrymore Stephen King


Status: 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 original, directed by Mark L. Lester back in 1984, famously stars a young Drew Barrymore, so the new version will have a hill to climb casting that role. Scott Teems, who wrote and directed episodes of the series Rectify, is taking care of the script, while Fatih Akin (In the Fade) is handling directing duties.

Suffer The Little Children Stephen King

Suffer The Little Children

Status: Announced

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 Stephen King

Drunken Fireworks

Status: 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 in Atlantis Stephen King


Status: 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 Stephen King

Rose Madder

Status: 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.

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The Tommyknockers

Status: 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.