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There Could Be Two More Stephen King Adaptations Coming Soon

There Could Be Two More Stephen King Adaptations Coming Soon

It's all in the early stages but this is exciting.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Stephen King must be smiling bigger than Pennywise as he watches the film adaptation of It become the highest grossing horror film of all time.

Since being released last month, it's grossed nearly $552 million (£418 million) at the box office.

Credit: Warner Bros

The author's books are all the rage at the moment, with several others in the process of or already on streaming services like Netflix or in cinemas. However, fans who are soaking up these titles like The Dark Tower or Mr. Mercedes, will be delighted at the idea of even more novels being adapted.

Speaking to Vulture, King announced that there's 'talk' about turning The Stand into a TV series, while Salem's Lot could be made into a feature film.


He also told the publication: "There's talk about another thing, an animated feature, but I can't tell you anything further - it's a secret. That looks like it might happen."

The Stand is described as a post-apocalyptic horror fantasy novel where a 'weaponised strain of influenza known as 'Project Blue' is accidentally released inside a secret underground laboratory'. Sounds very Resident Evil.

This deadly strain goes on to exterminate 99.4 percent of the world's population, which sparks 'the total breakdown and destruction of society through widespread violence'. In typical Stephen King fashion, it's not a short read, coming in at 823 pages.

However, he released an unabridged version of the novel in 1990 and it became the longest book ever published by King with 1,152 pages; that's plenty of material for a long-running TV series.

It was made in to a TV miniseries in 1994 and was met with mostly positive reviews and won two Emmys.

Salem's Lot is about the good people of Maine being turned into blood-sucking vampires. King was inspired by Dracula while teaching a high school fantasy and science fiction course and wanted to reimagine the iconic vampire but in a more modern setting.

It's been adapted for television twice, with both screenings being three-hour miniseries, which also earned Emmy nominations.

But King has a warning to anyone looking to adapt anymore of his work, telling Vulture: "I think that sometimes when people buy a book, they just want the situation and then they'll build the movie off it. It's like buying a launch pad and putting your own rocket on it.

"Sometimes that works, and sometimes it explodes. A lot of times, I feel like the filmmakers are better off if they follow the arc of my stories closely."

Hopefully they do because it'll result in some cinematic magic.

Sources: Vulture

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: IT, Horror, TV, Stephen King, Movie