In the wake of the Stephen King adaptation renaissance that’s hit Hollywood pretty hard, there is word from the author himself that (as predicted by our own Bruce Edwards, a confirmed genius) The Stand and Salem’s Lot may be getting adaptations of their own in the near future, especially after the success of Andy Muschietti‘s IT movie and Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game, which is already getting rave reviews from critics for its Netflix release. Basically, it’s a really good time to be a fan of Stephen King right now, unless you happened to be a huge fan of Spike TV’s The Mist.
In a recent interview with Vulture, King revealed that The Stand TV series – which was originally going to be helmed by New Mutants director Josh Boone – may be going back into development, as well as a film adaptation of Salem’s Lot, a story that hasn’t been adapted for the screen since Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper helmed a TV movie version of the story back in 1979.
“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!”
It makes sense that studios would want to capitalize on the success of these recent adaptations, and as long as they’re good who cares how they get made? The only potential issue would be this CBS All Access thing, which hasn’t had the smoothest launch. Basically, it’s an OTT (over-the-top) streaming service that functions separately from CBS and costs extra money for exclusive content. Among that exclusive content, however, is the new Star Trek: Discovery show, which begs the question: why not just air this stuff on CBS?
Of course, a high-profile Stephen King adaptation might be enough to make some people change their minds about the service, but it still seems like the network is forcing its viewers to pay extra money to watch one new show, and giving them another show still means you’re paying $6 dollars a month (or $10 dollars if you get the ad-free option) to watch two shows that you may or may not like. However, King also said in the Vulture interview, “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.”
So, either way, we’ve got a lot more Stephen King coming to big and small screens soon, which is always something to be excited about!
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Source: Movie Web