Stephen King Adaptations of ‘Carrie’, ‘Firestarter’, ‘Jerusalem’s Lot’, ‘The Dark Half’ in the Works

It’s raining new Stephen King adaptations! Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to see in your theaters or on your TV screens within the next few years.

Firestarter Remake

Variety reports that Keith Thomas has been tapped to direct a remake of the Stephen King novel Firestarter. The book was previously adapted in 1984 with Drew Barrymore in the lead role.

Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, and Weed Road Productions are behind the upcoming remake. Additionally, Blumhouse has acquired domestic distribution rights to Thomas’ upcoming horror film The Vigil.

Here’s what Blumhouse said in a statement:

“Every once in a while you see a film that grasps and shakes you. ‘Vigil’ did that for us, and we were eager to be a part of the film and to work with Keith and the BoulderLight team.”

Scott Teems, who penned the upcoming Halloween Kills, is adapting the screenplay. The 1980 novel follows “a young girl who develops pyro-kinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.”

Carrie Heads to FX

Collider has word that FX and MGM Television are teaming up on an adaptation of Carrie. This builds off their previous partnership developing the award-winning series Fargo.

Not a lot is known about the upcoming limited series. However, sources say that “telekinetic teen Carrie White will likely be played by either a trans performer or an actress of color.” Honestly, at this point you would have to reinvent the story since Carrie has already been adapted two too many times.

Adrien Brody Heading to Jerusalem’s Lot

Variety is also reporting that Epix is developing an adaptation of the short story Jerusalem’s Lot, which was originally published in Night Shift.

Adrien Brody is set to star as Captain Charles Boone, “who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.”

If you forgot what Epix is, it’s the service that airs Pennyworth. You know, the show about Batman’s butler when he was young, handsome, and basically James Bond.

Alex Ross Perry to Adapt The Dark Half

Finally, Deadline is reporting that MGM has hired Alex Ross Perry to adapt and direct The Dark Half, a new adaptation of the 1989 Stephen King bestseller. The novel was previously adapted by George Romero in 1993.

Perry is best known for writing, directing and producing Her Smell, the drama that premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. Deadline states that Perry is planing to reinvent the story.

For those unaware, the novel was inspired by Stephen King being outed as Richard Bachman (a pseudonym King used to publish additional novels since his publishers were worried he would cannibalize sales by putting out to much material).

Which King adaptation are you looking forward to seeing the most? What was your favorite King adaptation to come out this year: Pet Sematary, It: Chapter 2, or Doctor Sleep?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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