With “IT” passing the $500 million mark at the box-office, and with the imminent release of the well-reviewed film adaptation of “Gerald’s Game” on Netflix in a few hours, it’s a good month to be a fan of Stephen King.
Speaking with Vulture recently about other adaptations of his works coming down the pipeline, King reveals that two of his most iconic early works are looking to score new adaptations soon:
“There’s talk about doing The Stand as an extended TV series, possibly for Showtime or CBS All Access. And there’s been some interest in developing Salem’s Lot as a feature, probably because people are saying, ‘Well, we took an old miniseries called IT and turned it into a phenomenon, so maybe we can do it with something else.’ Nothing succeeds like excess!”
Attempts to turn “The Stand” into a feature is something that’s been in the works for a while now with “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone working on a movie adaptation – a project that hasn’t had much movement recently. The property was previously adapted for TV in the 1990s as a mini-series.
“Salem’s Lot” was done as a telemovie by Tobe Hooper in 1979 and a mini-series starring Rob Lowe in 2004, but neither is considered a particularly definitive adaptation.
King also says there’s talk about an animated feature adaptation of one of his other works, and while it looks like that one might happen – he won’t reveal what it is.