All things Stephen King-related enjoyed a huge surge of popularity in 2017, propelled in no small part over excitement surrounding this year’s upcoming releases The Dark Tower and IT. We’ve been following a slew of additional projects based on the bestselling author’s works including The Mist TV Series (no playing on Spike TV), a Mr. Mercedes TV Series, an anthology series called Castle Rock, Gerald’s Game (coming to Netflix sometime this year), and an adaptation of My Pretty Pony starring Tobin Bell (among many others).
This weekend, Deadline published a list of new, recently announced projects based on the works of the Master fear practitioner—and it’s extensive! In the coming months, expect adaptations of Rose Madder, IT Part 2, The Shining, The Green Mile, Insomnia, The Breathing Method, House On Maple Street, The Ten O’Clock People, N, Finder’s Keepers, and End Of Watch.
These adaptations will take the forms of films, TV shows, stage plays, and even animation and Virtual Reality. Have a look at everything coming down the pike below. What upcoming Stephen King projects are you most excited about? Sound off in the Comments section!
- Assaf Bernstein, maybe the hottest new director in Hollywood after directing the acclaimed Israeli TV drama Fauda, has signed to direct an adaptation of the 1995 King novel Rose Madder.
- Official Synopsis: Rose Madder is a fantasy novel by American writer Stephen King, published in 1995. It deals with the effects of domestic violence and, unusually for a King novel, relies for its fantastic element on Greek mythology.
- The Andres Muscietti-directed King novel adaptation It doesn’t come out until September 8, but the filmmaker is already hard at work mobilizing the second installment.
- Official Synopsis: Seven friends engage in a struggle with the demon they first encountered 30 years earlier in their Maine hometown.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise, an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
- King’s seminal horror tale The Shining is in the early stages of being mounted for the stage as a play by Simon Stephens, the Tony-winning playwright of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, and Ivo Van Hove, the Tony-winning director of A View From The Bridge.
- Official Synopsis: The Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in 1977, it is King’s third published novel and first hardback bestseller: the success of the book firmly established King as a preeminent author in the horror genre.
- There is separately a take on The Green Mile being done for the Japan stage.
- Official Synopsis: The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel written by Stephen King. It tells the story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe’s encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays inexplicable healing and empathetic abilities.
- The Dead Zone series exec producer Lloyd Segan is back in business with King on a potentially groundbreaking premise. They will adapt the 1994 King novel Insomnia as a scripted VR series and are in talks with Google to make it happen.
- Official Synopsis: Insomnia is a horror/fantasy novel by American writer Stephen King, first published in 1994. Like It and Dreamcatcher, its setting is the fictional town of Derry, Maine.
- The Breathing Method, based on the 1982 short story, has Weinstein Television and Jason Blum producing, Scott Teems writing and Doctor Strange’s Scott Derrickson directing a dark miniseries about a club of lawyers that is intertwined with an horrific death of a pregnant woman en route to deliver a baby from an illicit affair with one of the club members.
- Official Synopsis: The Breathing Method is a novella by American writer Stephen King, originally released as part of his Different Seasons collection in 1982. It is placed in the section entitled “A Winter’s Tale”.
- DreamWorks Animation is negotiating an option for House On Maple Street, the 1993 King short story about kids who mistrust their new stepfather, for good reason. It’s early days, but this would mark King’s first animated film.
- Official Synopsis: “The House On Maple Street” is a short story written by Stephen King and published in his collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. It was one of several stories first published in that volume.
International TV Series
- The team behind the French series Versailles has optioned the King short story The Ten O’Clock People with the intention to do an English-language, European-based TV series.
- Official Synopsis: “The Ten O’Clock People” is a short story by American author Stephen King, published in the Nightmares & Dreamscapes collection.
- An adaptation of the King short story N has Gaumont backing it and 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff and Will Rowbotham producing an hour-long series that has a pilot script from Ant-Man And The Wasp scribe team Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, with Annabelle: Creation’s David F. Sandberg aboard to direct.
- Official Synopsis: “N.” is a novella written by Stephen King that appears in his collection Just After Sunset (2008).
- If [ Mercedes] pans out after its August premiere future seasons will be fueled by the King novels Finder’s Keepers and End Of Watch, both of which feature Gleeson’s detective character.
- Official Synopsis: Finders Keepers is a number-one selling novel by American writer Stephen King, published on June 2, 2015. It is the second volume in a trilogy focusing on Detective Bill Hodges, following Mr. Mercedes.
- Official Synopsis: End of Watch is the 55th novel by American writer Stephen King, the third volume of a trilogy focusing on Detective Bill Hodges, following Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers.