Stephen King fans are being truly spoilt right now with regards to screen adaptations of the author’s work. Andrés Muschietti’s It may have just hit the $500 million mark worldwide and, along with Gerald’s Game, garnered rave reviews, but they can’t all be winners. The Dark Tower stumbled at the first hurdle and The Mist won’t see a second season, but the horror master is unfazed, and already talking about fresh adaptations of some of his most celebrated works.
“There’s talk about doing The Stand as an extended TV series, possibly for Showtime or CBS All Access,” King told Vulture this week. “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!”
King also noted that, while nothing has been said about the mooted Insomnia virtual reality series for a while, he thinks it may still be on the cards. He also teased a secret, unnamed animated project, saying:
“There’s talk about another thing, an animated feature, but I can’t tell you anything further — it’s a secret. That looks like it might happen.”
Exciting times indeed, and with Andrés Muschietti talking about taking on Pet Sematary next, the future looks bright indeed.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)