There has probably never been a better time for a Stephen King fan. IT has been rampaging through the box office globally, and the film’s success has brought the spotlight back on King’s works. This means that we are going to see a lot more of the cinematic adaptations of his famous stories in the days to come.
In fact, many of the Stephen King based projects are already in the works. So, what else might come up in the next two years? As per King, his books The Stand and Salem’s Lot are next in line.
The 70-year-old writer was recently in discussion with Vulture, and he spoke about the future projects. Shortly, we will see the Netflix versions of Gerald’s Game and 1922. However, Stephen King informed that some of his iconic and most famous works are set to get new adaptations in the coming years. There is a possibility of The Stand shaping up as a TV series, and Salem’s Lot might actually be converted into a movie. This is what he said:
“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!”
In fact, Hollywood has been after The Stand for quite some time now. There was a time when Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) was planning to make a film adaptation, but, nothing further has been heard about that since a long time now. The Stand did get converted as a series in 1994, but, that’s quite dated now, and even back then it didn’t do justice to the full scope of that source story.
It makes great sense for it to be on CBS All Access as that streaming service is focusing on creating highly appealing exclusive content for the paid subscribers. They have already initiated work on Star Trek:
Discovery and a high budget adaptation of this Stephen King masterpiece would be a great boost for them.
The other movie worthy Stephen King novel is Salem’s Lot, and it deserves a contemporary cinematic version. As King highlighted, this novel was converted into a TV movie back in 1979 by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre director). Now, the success of IT has made it a very viable option to create a movie based on Salem’s Lot. If it is handled well, then the film could be a commercial success. Stephen King also informed about one of his works being converted into an animation feature, but, said he was obliged not to reveal anything more.
“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.”
During his discussion with Vulture, he also remarked about the Insomnia VR series, stating that he hasn’t heard anything about that for a while. No matter what, if you love Stephen King’s works then be prepared for a new set of movies and TV shows based on his stories in the next few years. We are hoping for The Stand and Salem’s Lotto be created nicely and being great successes.