Stephen King is getting yet another adaptation and this time it is another TV adaptation. Spike TV has announced plans to adapt “The Mist” into a 10 episode miniseries. This comes nearly a decade after The Walking Dead’s Frank Darabont adapted the tale into a film that was really quite good.
The novella by King follows the small town of Bridgton, Maine as it is suddenly enveloped in an unnatural mist that conceals otherworldly monsters. A group of survivors are trapped inside a supermarket as they attempt to survive, figure out the monsters hidden in the mist, and survive each other.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spike TV ordered the series which will also be the network’s first scripted drama in a decade. Dimension TV is producing “The Mist” and Christian Torpe of the Danish series Rita is on board as a writer and executive producer.
Currently, there is no news on who will be cast in the series or what kind of production timeline we are looking at.
“The Mist” television series is expected to debut in 2017.
Warner Bros. has officially announced the release date for the upcoming remake of the Stephen King’s It. The Andy Muscetti directed project will hit theaters on September 7, 2017.
It was originally going to be directed and written by the brilliant Carey Fukanaga. However, due to a series of creative disagreements with the studio, he dropped out of the project.
Now, the adaptation will hit theaters thanks to Muscetti along with Gary Doberman reworking the script. There is no word yet whether Will Poulter will remain in the role of Pennywise. Producer Roy Lee recently told Collider that the studio is hoping to begin production this year.
Right now, there is no word on who will star in the roles of the kids and the adults. However, with production beginning this year, more details are expected to release over the next few months.
According to a story from The Hollywood Reporter, a new upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” has shifted from Warner Bros. to their New Line division.
Cary Fukunaga, who you might recognize from “True Detective,” was hired to be the director for IT back in 2012 and word is that he is still attached. The studio is reportedly looking to release the film into two separate feature-length films. Part one would focus on the characters as children while part two would feature them as adults.
“IT” was previously and pretty famously adapted into television miniseries in 1990.
The story is officially described as follows:
A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.
Fukunaga himself will also attend to scripting duties alongside Chase Palmer with David Katzenberg, Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Seth Grahame-Smith producing.
Stephen King will be able to add two more film adaptations to his body of work. “Gerald’s Game” and “Mr. Mercedes” are being planned for film projects alongside the recently optioned tale, “Bad Little Kid.”
According to a report from Deadline, Mike Flanagan is planning to helm Gerald’s Game. The screenplay was written by Flanagan along with writing partner Jeff Howard. The novel was published in 1992 and begins with a couple playing a bondage game, but the act turns deadly, leaving one of them handcuffed to the bed and alone.
The novel “Mr. Mercedes” releases on July 3 but the film rights have already been acquired by Temple Hill and Media Rights Capital. According to Shock Till You Drop, Jack Bender is attached to direct while producers are still looking for a writer for the screenplay. The upcoming book revolves around a driver who runs over a crowd of job searchers with a Mercedes, killing 8 and wounding 15 more — yet the wheelman gets away.
No time has been wasted. Stephen King’s newest short story, “Bad Little Kid,” has officially been optioned to become a film. The film rights were bought by Laurent Bouzereau and his production company, NedlandMedia Inc.
“Bad Little Kid” is a supernatural thriller that follows a man whose life changes forever when he realizes a mysterious boy is causing the deaths of people he loves.
The short story was initially released as an e-story in Germany and France on March 14. King says he wrote it specifically for his fans in those European countries who were so hospitable to him when he visited in November.
Bouzereau wrote and directed the 2011 TCM film A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King, which featured King discussing horror films and their popularity with moviegoers. Bouzereau’s other directing credits include Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir and Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck, which he also wrote and produced. Bouzereau is represented by Resolution and Bloom Hergott.
Since the unfortunate exit of Justin Long in the Stephen King adaptation, The Ten O’Clock People, the studio has been looking for someone to play the lead role. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Baruchel has signed on to the project.
The Ten O’Clock People will be directed by Tom Holland. It is based on Stephen King’s short story publised in 1993 as part of his “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” collection, The Ten O’Clock People follows Brandon Pearson, who in trying to kick his smoking habit uncovers a frightening aspect of reality he plans to extinguish through extreme measures.
Baruchel recently starred in the apocalyptic comedy This is the End, and is the writer on the upcoming project Randoms Acts of Violence, which is based on the comic book of the same name.
The film is being shopped at the EFM in Berlin. Hopefully with Baruchel on board, this long-mooted project will now gain some traction.
Clove is heading to Cell. According to a report from Deadline, Isabelle Fuhrman has joined the cast in the lead role in the upcoming film adaptation of popular Stephen King novel of the same name. Fuhrman will star opposite John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
Published in 2006, King’s novel is officially described as follows:
Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way. Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone. In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son in Maine, he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “crazies.” The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “crazies” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man as they attempt to reach Maine and a place called Kashwak which they hope will be their salvation.
The script was co-written by King alongside screenwriter Adam Alleca, who previously worked on The Last House on the Left.
CBS has officially confirmed the premiere date for their drama series, “Under the Dome.” The show is based on the novel of the same name written by Stephen King.
“Under the Dome” returns for a second season on Monday, June 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The premiere episode will be written by the novel’s critically acclaimed author, King. “Under the Dome” was last summer’s #1 program, averaging 15.06 million viewers and 3.9/11 in adults 18-49, ranking as the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years.
“Under the Dome” tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.
The show is produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
The ongoing saga of the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand continues as director Scott Cooper has officially departed from the project. The Wrap has reported that the break up occurred (as most do) over creative differences between the studio and Cooper regarding how to properly adapt the source material.
“The Stand” is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel by American author King. It tells the story of a full-scale apocalypse, driven by the accidental release of a biological weapon and the ensuing struggle of good versus evil carried out by the world’s final survivors.
The novel expands upon the scenario of his earlier short story, “Night Surf”. The novel was originally published in 1978 and was later re-released in 1990 as The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition; King restored some text originally cut for brevity, added and revised sections, changed the setting of the story from 1980 (which in turn was changed to 1985 for the original paperback release in 1980) to 1990, and updated a few pop culture references accordingly. The Stand was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979. “The Stand” was previously adapted into a television miniseries in 1994 as well as a graphic novel.
A replacement for Cooper has not yet been announced.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the director behind 28 Weeks Later, is currently in talks to helm the upcoming Paramount Pictures Pet Sematary remake. Variety has reported that Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce the film that is based on the novel of the same name written by Stephen King. Steven Schneider will produce alongside Di Bonaventura. Matt Greenberg and David Kajganich penned the screenplay.
“Pet Sematary” was initially published 1983 by King. The plot description is as follows:
“Sometimes dead is better….”
When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat.
But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.
The novel was previously adapted into a film in 1989. It was directed by Mary Lambert and written by King, the film features Dale Midkiff as Louis Creed, Denise Crosby as Rachel Creed, Blaze Berdahl as Ellie Creed, Miko Hughes as Gage Creed, and Fred Gwynne as Jud Crandall. Andrew Hubatsek was cast for Zelda’s role. Author King has a cameo as a minister.
A sequel, Pet Sematary Two, was released which was met with less financial and critical success.