It’s been a Stephen King kind of year, with the two television series (Mr. Mercedes and The Mist) airing now, and the release of the feature-film adaptation of his magnum opus, The Dark Tower. The prolific writer is back in the spotlight, front-and-center. The release of what is sure to be his most anticipated adaptation in many years is almost upon us. IT will be hitting theaters on September the 8th and the horror author has already started to take action in regaining the rights to several of his high profile works.
King recently filed notices that show he intends to terminate the transfer of his license for the movies, The Dead Zone, Cujo, Creepshow, Children Of The Corn, Cat’s Eye, and Firestarter. The termination notice will take effect in one year, on September 1, 2018. The current rights holders to the titles will still be allowed to distribute previously produced works, but will no longer be able to make new works, which include things like remakes, sequels, and spin-offs.
“In other words, after September 1, 2018, if a studio wanted to make a sequel or remake of any of these movies, they would have to go back to Stephen King and make a new deal, explains the site.”
This sort of news is great for fans of King’s books that have found many of their big (and small) screen adaptations to be varying in quality. King would now be allowed to shop around to the best studio in order to produce quality adaptations.
Akiva Goldsman recently announced he would be remaking Firestarter, which just so happens to be one of the titles King will regain the rights to in just over a year. Coincidence? Probably not. A Cujo remake is also in the works.
Make sure to check out IT when it hits theaters on September 8th. Stephen King himself has nothing but praise for the adaptation after seeing the movie for the first time. Specifically, King think’s highly of Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of Pennywise;
“I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was. It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to. They’re gonna like the characters. To me, it’s all about character. If you like the characters… if you care… the scares generally work…I’m sure my fans will enjoy the movie. I think they’re gonna really enjoy the movie. And I think some of them will go back two or three times and actually savor the thing. I went back and saw it a second time, and I felt I was seeing things the second time through that I missed the first time.”
If you weren’t excited about IT before, you should be now.
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