Just about every horror fan on the planet has been blessed by the works of Stephen King. Since the 1970’s, he has consistently churned out bone chilling works, scaring the pants off generations of horror audiences. And, he shows no signs of slowing.
He continues to write columns, novels and short stories. Often it is hard to even keep up with everything he has in development. We adore King here at NOFS, so here’s a list of everything he has coming around the bend. We don’t want you to miss a thing from the King!
Originally published in the Fall 2007 issue of The Paris Review, Ayna is a short story that falls into the category of what King calls his ‘miracle stories’. NBC optioned it and currently has it in development. While no director or show runner has been attached yet, veterans Jordan Kerner (Fried Green Tomatoes, Less than Zero) and Ben Haber (Across the Universe) have come on as Executive Producer and Producer respectively. I gobble up King’s miracle stories and can’t wait to check this one out.
2. The Breathing Method
Oooh, buddy, this one gives me the willies. Breathing Method comes from the 1982 series of novellas, Different Seasons. The tales are gruesome and would make for a perfect anthology film or series. We may finally be getting an adaptation, as the story was optioned by Blumhouse. Jason Blum having personally stepped in to produce. It has no set production or release date, but with the recent addition of the fantastic director Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, Sinister), it should be headed for a full on green light. Let’s hope so!
3. Children of the Corn
God I love this story. It’s about a couple who stumble upon a cult of murderous children. It’s awesome. Disagree? Go talk to Malachi! True, this would be the tenth film in the series, but Warner Bros doesn’t want another sequel. They want a reboot. Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV) is attached to direct, with Jon Bokenkamp (The Blacklist, Taking Lives) helming the script. With that quality talent, I’m in.
4. Doctor Sleep
Set for release in January of 2020, Doctor Sleep is the film adaptation to King’s 2013 novel of the same name. It is a sequel to his classic The Shining. King himself and Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsmith (A Beautiful Mind) penned the screenplay. Horror veteran Mike Flanagan will direct (Hush, Oculus). Some Scottish guy named Ewan McGregor will star as Danny. Throw in production designer Maher Ahmad (Zombieland) and cinematographer Michael Fimorgnari (Oculus, Before I Fall) and it’s guaranteed to be gorgeous.
5. Drunken Fireworks
Almost the moment it was published, James Franco (The Disaster Artist) snatched up the rights to the 2015 King novel. Franco plans to produce, direct and star in the picture. Matt Rager ( The Institute) will pen the screenplay with King producing. Though the cast and crew are nearly complete, the project has yet to receive a shoot or release date.
Believe it or not, I was actually sitting in the crowd at the Overlook Film Festival when Akiva Goldsmith (Stephanie) and Jason Blum (Paranormal, Get Out) announced they secured the rights to this story. Fans of King’s 1980 novel (which should be everyone), have long beloved the original 1984 adaptation. No word yet as to a release date, but Universal is now on board, as is veteran Turkish director Faith Akin (In the Fade). We should expect the green light soon.
7. Grand Central
This adaptation of the short story The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates is headed to ABC. Sam Ernst (Hand of God) and Jim Dunn (Haven) are developing it and have a long history with ABC. Despite all that, the project has been waiting for a time slot since 2014 and is firmly in the ‘who knows’ category at this point.
8. Hearts in Atlantis
Director Johannes Roberts (Darkhunters) and writer Ernest Riera (47 Meters Down) are adapting the short story Hearts in Atlantis. Hasn’t that already been done? Yes, and very well, but the King book is a series of stories and the 2001 film takes on two stories that won’t be touched on in the Roberts adaptation. It’s a bit odd that they’re just going with the same name, but the story they’re adapting is actually the one called Hearts in Atlantis. King himself is very excited about their adaptation. Still listed as ‘in development,’ this one has yet to get a release date.
9. In the Tall Grass
King and his son Joe Hill wrote a novella together and now Splice director Vincenzo Natali is adapting it to the screen. I mean, really, I don’t need to know any more than that. Patrick Wilson stars, production is underway in Toronto and there is a general release date of 2019.
10. It: Chapter 2
This novel got me both hooked onto horror and King. God, I love It. One of the biggest letdowns of the fantastic original adaptation was it cut the story so short. Well, filmmakers are addressing this by splitting the modern telling in two. Chapter 2 brings back the same production and creative team, but with some amazing casting additions. Personally, I cannot wait to see Bill Hader take on the role of Richie. Beep Beep, Richie! It hits theaters September 6th, 2019
11. The Jaunt
The Jaunt is a classic King short story, first published in a 1981 issue of Twilight Zone Magazine. The production team of Andy and Barbara Muschietti (It, Mama) are attached, with Andy set to direct. Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, has taken the reins. Despite all that firepower, it is still listed as ‘in development,’ with no dates set for production.
One of King’s pulp detective novels. Winter’s Bone writer/director Tate Taylor has held the rights to adapt Joyland to the screen for years and it even had a production date in 2015, but Taylor continues to develop the script. Seems this one may be in limbo for some time.
13. Lisey’s Story
King claims this is his favorite of his novels. Writer/director Josh Boone is attached to adapt and direct it, but production has been put on the back burner with Boone giving production priority to his adaptation of Revival and The Stand.
14. The Long Walk
King’s first novel and of the Bachman pen name, meaning it’s dark as hell. Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) has the rights to it and plans to make it a feature. Given his nearly perfect track record adapting King’s works, I can’t wait to see it.
15. Pet Sematary
Call it a remake, a reboot, call it whatever you like, but John Lithgow in a Pet Sematary film sounds pretty damn good. This redux has a release date of April 5th, 2019. This time around Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) and Kevin Kölsch (Scream: The TV Series) will share directing duties. David Kajganich will pen the script, who also recently adapted the 2018 re-imagining of Suspiria.
Josh Boone announced in 2016 he was picked for the job by King himself, with King producing and Russell Crowe (Romper Stomper) starring. Then things got real quiet. Despite having Universal attached, no news has come out for years.
17. Sleeping Beauties
Five months before this novel was even released, Anonymous Content snatched the rights and began heading it to a TV series destination. They assigned producers Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta (jointly, The OA and Maniac) to the project. The novel wasn’t even released a year ago, so this one may be a bit – but it’s sure headed in a good direction.
18. The Stand
Ah, The Stand. A true classic. Josh Boone, as already mentioned, is adapting this one as both writer and director. CBS Films, Warner Brothers and Vertigo are all on board for production with Warner Bros handling distribution. Even with King on board as producer, there is still no release date in sight. Apparently they are considering breaking it into four films.
19. The Talisman
Guess which writer/director King’s tasked with this one? Did you guess Josh Boone? Wow, you’re good. Amblin Entertainment is handling production with King again coming on as producer. The good news is Amblin, King and Boone joining the production is the most traction Talisman’s gotten and it looks very positive. The bad news is this novel’s been in and out of the green light for decades. The second edition, released in the 1980’s, even had a sticker saying ‘Soon to be a Major Motion Picture’ on it. Let’s hope they can finally pull it off!
Did I miss anything? There is definitely a Stephen King renaissance going on and this fan couldn’t be happier. The more King the better. What looks best to you? What are you most excited about? Hit us up on social media and tell us about your favorite King.