You’d have to be living under a rock (or in the sewers below Derry) not to know there’s a remake of Stephen King’s IT in the work; directed by Andrés Muschietti and featuring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, Part 1: The Losers Club creeps into US Theaters on September 8th. On the off chance you haven’t seen it yet, peep the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.
While IT is certainly getting the bulk of the buzz, it’s not the only Stephen King related project in the works. There are probably more than you realize, and they transverse almost all media: Movies, TV, books—even an audiobook. Below are the biggest projects (that we are aware of) that Stephen King’s got his pen in!
The Dark Tower (Directed by Nikolaj Arcel)
Release Date: August 4th, 2017
We don’t have a trailer yet, but The Dark Tower series is one of King’s best loved. With 8 books (so far) this summer’s film could potentially launch a long and profitable franchise. Here’s everything we know about The Dark Tower so far:
Official Synopsis: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. The Dark Tower stars Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, and Idris Elba and is slated for US Theatrical release on August 4th.
Gerald’s Game (Directed by Mike Flanagan)
Release Date: TBD 2017
We don’t have an exact release date or a trailer for this one, but a film based on Gerald’s Game will be premiering on Netflix sometime this year. The project is helmed by horror golden-boy Mike Flanagan, the fear practitioner behind Hush, Oculus, and Ouija: Origin of Evil among others. As if Flanagan’s participation isn’t enough to get you hyped, King has seen this one himself—and he likes it!
Saw a rough cut of Mike Flanagan's GERALD'S GAME yesterday. Horrifying, hypnotic, terrific. It's gonna freak you out.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 11, 2017
“Saw a rough cut of Mike Flanagan’s GERALD’S GAME yesterday. Horrifying, hypnotic, terrific. It’s gonna freak you out.”
Official Synopsis: Gerald and Jessie Burlingame head to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude that involves adult games. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games, until things take an unexpectedly tragic turn. She’s left handcuffed, trapped and alone as painful memories from her childhood bedevil her. Her only company is a hungry stray dog, the voices that populate her mind, and possibly someone watching her from the corner of the dark bedroom.
Gerald’s Game was shot in Mobile, AL and stars Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, and Chiara Aurelia.
Related Article: Stephen King Promises “Gerald’s Game” Movie “Will Freak You Out”
Throttle (Directed by TBD)
Release Date: TBD
News just came out yesterday that a film based on Throttle, which King co-authored with his son Joe Hill, is in the works.
Producer Emile Gladstone and his A Bigger Boat Productions have optioned the story and set John Scott III, the writer of the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie Maggie, to pen the screenplay. Taking its inspiration from the classic Richard Matheson short story Duel, Throttle tells of a motorcycle gang riding across a stark Nevada desert, after a deal gone bad, who become pursued by a faceless trucker hell-bent on revenge. The main thrust of the story is the relationship between a father and son.
1922 (Directed by Zak Hilditch)
Release Date: TBD 2017
This one is currently in the works at Netflix.
Official Synopsis: Published in 2010 as part of the collection Full Dark, No Stars,  centers on a farmer named Wilfred James (Thomas Jane), who confesses to murdering his wife, Arlette (Molly Parker), and comes to believe her vengeful spirit is haunting him. 1922 will also star: Kaitlyn Bernard, Brian d’Arcy James, Neal McDonough, and Dylan Schmid; Zak Hilditch is directing and also wrote the screenplay. No word on an exact release date, but we’ll keep you posted.
Pet Sematary (Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) [Featured Image]
Release Date: TBD
Okay, it’s been months since we’ve heard anything about this one, but when the project was first announced, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) promised fans his remake would be “10 times scarier” than Mary Lambert’s 1989 masterpiece. Bold words indeed!
The Mist (SpikeTV)
Premiere Date: TBD
We’ve been following news of a TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist since April 2016. Following a film based on the story directed by Frank Darabont, The Mist became one of King’s best loved and most hotly debated sagas, making it a perfect property for television exploration. Last January, series executive producer Christian Torpe gave us some details regarding what fans can expect. To recap:
“Let’s call it a reimagination. Internally, we talk about it as doing the Fargo approach, where the movie and the TV show is the same, but it’s different. It’s like a weird, twisted cousin to the original source material. Fans of the movie and of the book and of Mr. King’s work will certainly see elements from it. … We also, in order to develop it for TV and turn it into an ongoing series, took our own little detours here and there.”
Related Article: See the True Ending of “The Mist” as Stephen King Wrote It
Castle Rock (Hulu)
Premiere Date: TBD
Abrams appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon a couple weeks back and, of course, Castle Rock was a hot topic—one the creator of Bad Robot Productions seemed all too happy to dish about:
“Castle Rock is this town that [King] made famous in all these different books; and these two two writers, Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw, came up with this incredibly cool, terrifying, weird, funny idea of a series, new story, that takes place in this town. And all of these characters from Stephen King’s books sort of are peripherally involved.
We pitched it to Stephen King. He went nuts for it.”
You can check out the interview in its entirety in the video below.
Sleeping Beauties (By Stephen King and Owen King)
Release Date: September 26th, 2017
Official Synopsis: In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.
You can pre-order a copy of Sleeping Beauties on Amazon, HERE.
EW recently published an exclusive excerpt from Sleeping Beauties, which we can now share below:
Lila followed the tracks up a rise, then down into the sort of narrow dip that country fellows like Willy Burke called a brake or a holler, then up another hill. Here the trees were thicker — scrub pines fighting for space and sunlight. The webby stuff hung from some of the branches. She took a few more pictures with her phone and pushed on toward the power pylons and the bright sunlight ahead. She ducked under a low-hanging branch, stepped into the clearing, and just stared. For a moment all her tiredness was swept away by amazement.
Lila stood frozen at the edge of the clearing, her neck craned, staring upward. Flocks of moths fluttered around her, brown in the shade, seeming to turn an iridescent gold in the late afternoon sunshine.
She had read somewhere that the tallest tree on earth — a redwood — was just under four hundred feet high. The tree in the center of the clearing looked taller than that, and it was no redwood. It was like no tree she’d ever seen.
The Dead Zone, Narrated by James Franco
Release Date: April 25th, 2017
Simon & Schuster Audio will publish the audiobook of The Dead Zone as read by James Franco on April 25th, 2017. Per EW:
Originally published in 1979, Stephen King’s classic novel The Dead Zone has never been released as an audiobook. But the story of clairvoyant Johnny Smith, who has chilling visions of the future when he comes in contact with others, inspired both a successful film starring Christopher Walken and a long-running television series starring Anthony Michael Hall. Now, the story will enjoy a new iteration narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor James Franco in an audiobook out next month.