A few days ago, Deadline announced that Stephen King’s novella The Gingerbread Girl is being adapted into a feature film thanks to Brainstorm Media, who will distribute the film throughout the US. While anything King-related is a hot property these days, The Gingerbread Girl is one of the bestselling authors lesser-known stories, having first appeared in Esquire Magazine in 2007 before appearing as part of the Just After Sunset anthology in 2008.
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So what can fans expect from The Gingerbread Girl? Indeed, most of the author’s 21st Century offerings have paled in popularity compared to the works produced during the Master’s heyday. Still, it was included on Complex’s list of 25 Stephen King short stories that would make excellent feature films.
Here’s how Matt Barone described it:
“The Gingerbread Girl” begins as a somber look at a mother’s post-tragedy grieving process; when we meet the protagonist, Emily, she’s a tormented soul partial to running as a means of coping with the crib death of her only daughter. Hoping to get away from the painful memories and start anew, she visits a family home on the Florida Keys, where she runs even more than before, loses tons of weight, and makes good with the locals.
But then King takes a hard left turn, introducing Jim Pickering, one of Emily’s new neighbors who also happens to be a perverted sociopath. Pickering abducts Emily and duct-tapes her to a chair, and when she escapes Pickering chases her with a pair of scissors—that’s where “The Gingerbread Girl” shifts from the best kind of Lifetime drama to a gory, fast-paced slasher movie on page. And it’s entertaining as hell.
That’s one hell of an endorsement! It’ll be quite some time before the film materializes, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you all Stephen King related news as it emerges. Stay tuned!
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