There have been many Stephen King novels brought to movie and TV life over the years, and with the full-on recent success if It he’s red-hot once again.
There are currently more than 30 screen outings in various stages of production based on King’s works – but more about them later.
Exciting news has come through via THR that Australia’s horror maestro James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious) is teaming with It producer Roy Lee to take on King’s The Tommyknockers. The 1987 sci-fi horror novel told the tale of the denizens of King’s stalwart town Maine falling under the thrall of a killer alien gas.
Despite it being one of his best-selling books, King has since claimed that it is “an awful book”. Reagrdless, that didn’t stop the two-episode miniseries from 1993 raking in the viewers.
As for other King works in the pipeline, there’s plenty to look forward to should they all get off the ground. In various stages of production are revisitations of Children of the Corn, Creepshow, Firestarter, Pet Sematary, Cujo and The Stand (with Matthew McConaughey rumoured to be involved). Plus, of course, It: Chapter 2 is on its way to terrorise coulrophobics everywhere.
Other King tales reported to be being given the visual treatment include Ayana, Castle Rock, Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining), Drunken Fireworks, Hearts in Atlantis, In the Tall Grass, Into the Night, Joyland, Lisey’s Story, Mute, My Pretty Pony, N., Revival, Rose Madder, Sleeping Beauties, Strawberry Spring, The Breathing Method, The Doctor’s Case, The Gingerbread Girl, The Jaunt, The Long Walk, The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates, The Overlook Hotel, The Shop, The Talisman, The Ten O’Clock People and The Things They Left Behind. Phew!