Hollywood’s renewed obsession with Stephen King is set to continue with adaptations of the short stories “The Monkey” and “The Life of Chuck” in the works.
Per Deadline, James Wan will produce The Monkey with Atomic Monster partner Michael Clear, and C2 Motion Picture Group‘s Jason Cloth and Dave Caplan. Theo James (The White Lotus) will lead the supernatural horror movie, which was adapted for the screen by Osgood Perkins, who will also direct.
In The Monkey, “when twin brothers Hal and Bill discover their father’s old monkey toy in the attic, a series of gruesome deaths starts occurring all around them. The brothers decide to throw the monkey away and move on with their lives, growing apart over the years. But when the mysterious deaths begin again, the brothers must reunite to find a way to destroy the monkey for good before it takes the lives of everyone close to them. Additional casting is underway.”
Meanwhile, The Life of Chuck will star Tom Hiddleston (Thor) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars). Mike Flanagan, who is seemingly addicted to adapting the works of King, will write, direct and produce the movie for Intrepid Pictures alongside fellow producer Trevor Macy.
The Life of Chuck is “three separate stories linked to tell the biography of Charles Krantz in reverse, beginning with his death from a brain tumour at 39 and ending with his childhood in a supposedly haunted house.” Hiddleston will play the title character while Hamill has been cast as Albie. Deadline was the first to report the news.
No word yet on when either film will enter production. We’ll keep you posted.
Have you read these short stories? Are you excited to see them adapted to film?